Mirzya, that epic film starring newcomers Saiyami Kher and Harshvardhan Kapoor, is all set to hit the screens this weekend. The film is based on the folklore of Mirza Sahiban and moves between two time zones. If the trailers and the footage we’ve seen so far is anything to go by, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has clearly gone great lengths to scout out of the ordinary locations to shoot the film. Even though the Mirza Sahiban folklore is set in Punjab the film itself has been shot in varied locations, primarily in the deserted regions of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The present-day scenes of the film have been shot in Rajasthan. If you, like us, are excited about the film you’d probably realize just why Mirzya is also a film that is sparking our wanderlust. And so, without much ado, we bring you these breathtaking photos of locations where Mirzya was shot:
The barren desert of Nubra Valley forms a major part of Mirzya’s trailer. This isn’t the first time Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has shot in Ladakh though. He has traveled to the region to film portions of his previous film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag as well as the India Tourism advertisement with Aamir Khan. The barren region has drawn several filmmakers over the years, most notably Rajkumar Hirani who was single-handedly responsible for driving tourists to Pangong Tso.
The small town of Barmer in Rajasthan lies near the border of India and Pakistan. A part of Mirzya is set in present-day India and some of these portions have been shot in the desert areas of Barmer and Phulia in Rajasthan. Needless to say, the local tourism board was thrilled to invite the filmmaker and the crew to shoot in their backyard.
The touristy region in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir has some very picturesque lakes. Nestled in the mountain ranges of Pir Panjal and Zanskar, these lakes are seen to be believed.
We also catch a glimpse of the blue city of Jodhpur from the ramparts of Mehrangarh in Mirzya’s trailer. It is believed that the old city that surrounds the majestic Mehrangarh is painted blue to keep away mosquitoes. But today, more and more families — all of them Brahmins — are now moving away from the traditional color even though the Mehrangarh Trust offers to paint the houses blue gratis!
How can you shoot in Jodhpur and ignore Mehrangarh, right? The majestic fort appears several times in the film’s narrative and is clearly part of the lives of the present-day protagonists.
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