The story of star-crossed lovers isn't new to Bollywood. Romeo and Juliet, Mirza-Sahiba, these sagas about impossible love and passion in the face of hatred and deceit is an
oft-repeated one. But Mirza Juuliet is truly a tragedy.
The template offers nothing new. The small town of Mirzapur plays host to Mirza and Juuliet's "association". For most parts it's just that.
Pia Bajpai pitched in an unbearably shrill territory announces she is named after “Saxpear’s” Juliet.
After realizing that Mirza (Darshan Kumar) is her childhood friend, she decides to go on long bike rides with him.
All set to marry the annoying son of a local politician, a match chosen by her brothers, she manages to be as schizophrenic as possible. Docile and obedient to her bullying brothers and mouthing gaalis and throwing chappals as she steps out.
Also, she is a Hindi film quintessential ingenue who knows nothing about love making but must ask her childhood friend about it.
How does love between the two blossom, you ask? Because Mirza self-righteously announces: “Tum shaadi kisi se aur sex kisi aur se kar sakti ho per main nahi.” No wonder Nihlani ji did not mind the kisses in this one. Sanskaari lovemaking it was.
Priyanshu Chatterji as Juliet 's misogynist bother, Chandan Roy Sanyal as her obsessive fiancé and Swanand Kirkire as the manipulative politician are a few noteworthy inclusions but Mirza Juuliet's world view and sensibilities are so stale that it deserves no pardon.
One feels bad for Darshan Kumar who tries his best in a film that does little justice to him. 1 quint out of 5. Don't even bother.