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Debutant Harshvardhan draws inspiration from Aamir, Ranbir

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Anil Kapoor‘s son Harshvardhan is all set for his Bollywood appearance and he says he looks up to superstar Aamir Khan when it comes to script selection and praises Ranbir Kapoor’s spontaneity.

Harshvardhan is the lead actor in “Mirzya“, directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra. The film is motivated by the Punjabi folklore of ‘Mirza-Sahiban‘.

When asked which Bollywood actor inspires him, Harshvardhan said, “Aamir is a very big influence. When my generation was growing up, in 2001 ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ came, then ‘Lagaan’, then ‘Rang De Basanti’. Those were defining films for us, our generation. “That time actors were doing so many films at one time. He (Aamir) decided to work in isolation and focus on one thing at a time…I (look up) Aamir for his choices and determination, and Ranbir (Kapoor) for his ability to be spontaneous…,” the 25-year-old newcomer said.

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The actor was speaking at the music launch of the film on Tuesday.
“Mirzya” marks veteran poet Gulzar‘s return to screenplay writing after 17 years. He last wrote the screenplay for Tabu and Suniel Shetty starrer “Hu Tu Tu”.

“Mirzya” also marks the Bollywood debut of Saiyami Kher, who is the niece of National award-winning actress Tanvi Azmi.

Harshvardhan first heard about the film after Mehra mentioned it to him way back in 2008, when Gulzar was writing it. He was an 18-year-old college student when the story caught his fantasy.

It was, however, in 2013 when Harshvardhan heard a 15-page narration from the director and was blown away by the subject.

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He is playing the binary roles of a stable boy and a warrior in the film. “It is very rare these days to find scripts that are very poetic and romantic. For me, I read it when I was 22 and I was reading so many romantic stories and scripts. “But this is the most contemporary romantic film ever. It’s romantic, complex, you get to play two characters, it is poetic, visual, so it is like a fever dream,” he added.

Co-produced by ROMP Pictures and Cinestaan Film Company, “Mirzya” is scheduled to release on October 7

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