Whenever a new star child is about to be launched, the audience, critics and the film industry hold their breath. It’s no different this week, when Harshvardhan Kapoor, hirsute like his father Anil, makes his debut in the epic experimental love story, Mirzya. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra—of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Rang De Basanti fame—the film is shot in Rajasthan and Ladakh. Inspired by the folk tale of The Legend of Mirza-Sahiban, the tragic love story about star-crossed lovers plays out in parallel worlds, one real and one fantastical. While we know about Kapoor’s illustrious antecedents and glamorous siblings, Sonam and Rhea, Mirzya boasts another star child debut, with Saiyami Kher. The daughter of former models, Kher is also the granddaughter of actress Usha Kiran and the niece of Tanvi Azmi. She was a model herself before being cast in Mirzya, which releases today. She’s also hopeful of a project with Mani Ratnam taking off.
Is Kangana Ranaut the only actor available for launches, inaugurations and myriad ‘ribbon-cutting’ events in Mumbai now? Not only was the actress spotted unveiling the trophy at the Mumbai Film Festival event, launching the music of Sonu Sood’s Tutak Tutak Tutaya, and glamorously attending the GQ style awards, she was also present at the launch of Chetan Bhagat’s latest paperback. Maybe she’s packing in as much as she can before she decamps to North America to shoot for Hansel Mehta’s Simian, which must be imminent since the filmmaker has already jetted westward. And if there is time before she joins the shoot, we might just spot her at a few more launches and photo-ops.
It is well known that writer-director Vikramaditya Motwane had begun working on the superhero film, Bhavesh Joshi, with Imran Khan in the lead. The duo had worked closely on the look, art, styling and complexities of the character. But with a couple of Khan’s films flopping, that deal ran sour. He had his hopes pinned on last year’s Katti Batti, with Kangana Ranaut, but that was a damp squib, too. Now, after a break and a major rethink, he has decided to get back in the saddle with an offbeat and dark film being helmed by a debutant. Let’s hope this strategy works for the affable young actor.
The reel Yuvraj
While MS Dhoni: The Untold Story might have received tepid reactions and fair to middling reviews, two performances stood out in the reverential biopic of the leading Indian cricketer. No doubt Sushant Singh Rajput worked hard to mimic the body language and style of his subject, but the one cricketing cameo—actually the only one—of note was Herry Tangiri as Yuvraj Singh. Tangiri, too, underwent intensive training and extensive weight loss to look the part of the Punjab bowler. He had to train to play as a left-hander and was supervised by a dietician for his weight loss. Interestingly, he shared screen space with Yuvraj’s father, Yograj, in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. During that shoot, Yograj had apparently remarked on the actor’s resemblance to his son.