Banner: Green Apple Media, Falansha Media, Shemaroo Entertainment
Producers: Neeraj Kumar Burman, Ketan Maru, Amit Singh
Director: Rajesh Ram Singh
Cast: Darshan Kumaar, Pia Bajpai, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Swanand Kirkire, Chandan Roy Sanyal
Writers: Shanti Bhushan
As the name suggests, this is a love story of two protagonists who are poles apart, Julie Shukla (Pia Bajpai) and Mirza (Darshan Kumaar). Set in Mirzapur, the story begins amid a religious conflict after a politician gets shot and the situation is tense on the political front.
Julie is a feisty, fearless and footloose girl who is engaged to Rajan Pandey (Chandan Roy Sanyal), the only son of a slimy Allahabad politician, Veer Pratap Pandey (Swanand Kirkire). While the father is desperate to groom his son to take over his mantle, the boy is a obsessed with sexual pleasures.
Julie’s unruly brothers, led by Dharmaraj Shukla (Priyanshu Chatterjee), have no qualms about going ahead with the liaison because they hope to acquire a great deal of clout by having their sister marry into Veer Pandey’s family. But their plans go awry when Julie’s childhood friend Mirza (Darshan Kumaar) returns, to start over, after years of being a contract killer. How the story unfolds forms the crux of the film.
Singh presents a marvellous tale but falls short in some places. He and his writer Bhushan layer the sentiments and passion well. Kudos to Singh for presenting the film with beautiful rustic tones, which further complements the narrative.
The film has contradicting characters, which works very well. The screenplay is tight in the first half and, post-interval, the story takes the screenplay in a new direction.
However, the story starts to lose its grip in the second half of the film. The pace drops and even drags. The climax is a sore point and is predictable. This tends to dilute the superb impact made by the first half.
Technically, the film is executed with flying colours. Cinematography by Ajay Pandey is brilliant. Editing by Sahil Sai is top notch. Dialogue is the USP of the film. Music is only partly impresses and the background score helps the narration.
Performance-wise, Darshan Kumaar is outstanding and portrays his character with extreme conviction and delivers a well-rounded performance while he brings out the different shades of his part. Pia Bajpai impresses and is spectacular while playing her part with confidence. Priyanshu Chatterjee is outstanding in his part. Chandan Roy Sanyal is fabulous and gets into the skin of his character. Swanand Kirkire is good. The rest of the cast fits the bill.
Verdict: Worth a dekho!