Expectations! There are loads of expectations from Mausam. Reasons? Well, it marks the directorial debut of veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor. Shahid Kapoor comes back nearly after 2 years (omitting Milenge Milenge) onto the silver screen. Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor are paired opposite each other for the first time ever. The film has taken two years into its making being constantly involved in various controversies from the very beginning. And lastly, father Pankaj Kapoor and son Shahid Kapoor, two perfectionists in their own right, are working together for the first time ever. So does the film live up to all the hype and expectations? NO!
Mausam's story takes the help of four different seasons. Starting off its first season with a mere adolescent attraction between a Punjabi boy Harry, and a Kashmiri girl Aayat, in a small village of Punjab, it develops into young love between them in the second season. Their love realizes its own depth in the hours of separation through season three. And in the fourth and final season their love culminates into togetherness. But not before sacrificing a lot personally and learning the truth behind universal love...
Well, undoubtedly, Mausam is a visual treat. It's one of the best looking films Bollywood has produced in the recent years. The film starts off with the traditional style of romance between Shahid and Sonam's characters in a small village of Punjab which is easily the best part about the film. The innocence, simplicity, situational humor, and Shahid – Sonam's chemistry makes it nothing less than a treat to watch. In fact, the first 40 minutes further raises your expectations from the rest of the film. But sadly thereon, the film only dips, dips, and dips! The biggest problem of this film is – its pace! Yes, the film looks extremely artistic. However, when a film starts making you feel exhausted rather than entertained, you do realize the difference. The first half of the film is still bearable due to its entertaining initial 40 minutes, and the beautiful Scotland locales in the latter. However, it's the second half where the film ruins it all. There are just too many separations and issues occurring in their lives, which not only makes the film extremely repetitive but also very tedious on the audience. In fact, the scene in which they finally meet in the end should have been a breathtaking moment. But you really don't care about them anymore by then! The love story goes through various hindrances touching the Kashmir, Mumbai, Ahmadabad riots and even the 9/11 twin tower blasts. Frankly, what is the need of involving so many incidents in one love story? Are they really so damn unlucky? The amount of twists and turns in this film makes you feel that you're watching an Indian television soap. Also, without revealing too much, the climax just seems outright stupid and ridiculous! Adding up to the stupidity, is Shahid Kapoor's 'superhero' act in the end. What on earth was all that about??
A lot more was expected from the veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor's directorial debut. Sadly, he doesn't live up to them at all! The screenplay written by him is in simple words, boring! The main hero of Mausam, except Shahid Kapoor, is its cinematographer Binod Pradhan, absolutely brilliant work! The music by Pritam Chakraborty is a delight to hear. The background score is also worth mentioning, which matches up to every scene appropriately. Moving on to the actors, this is undoubtedly Shahid Kapoor's best performance till date. After Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor has proved to be the next star perfectionist giving in flawless performances with every film. From the dialect of a typical Punjabi village boy to the disciplined mannerisms of an Air force officer, he has got it all right! If the movie is even a tad bit watchable, it's thanks to Shahid Kapur. Besides the fact that Sonam Kapoor is the lead heroine of the film, she doesn't have much to do in comparison to Shahid. In fact it's hard to even remember any of her dialogues. Yes, she has improved compared to her previous films. But sadly, it still doesn't seem enough. In fact, she seems quite fake and expressionless at times. However, she does look breathtakingly beautiful. Supriya Pathak needs no praises! She's simply terrific. And a surprise package is in the form of Aditi Sharma who plays Rajjo, the girl madly in love with Shahid Kapoor. Nice work!
Overall, this is one of those mausam's which might look beautiful from the outside, but once you get into that space, you realize what a big nuisance it actually is! In m opinion, it's the biggest disappointment of 2011!
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I totally loved the movie. I am an ardent shahid and sonam fan. Not being biased, this is by far the best love story. Mausam is shahid and sonam's best movie. They are toatlly amazing. I fell in love with Ayat and Harry. Harry is a total stunner. I didnt see my favourite actor acting, all i could see was harry's love . Sonam is soo beautiful as the simple Ayat. The different circumstances they go through and yet leave no stone unturned to meet the love of their life. This is the eternal love story. I absolutely hate the fact that a bodygaurd or a dabang impresses evrybody and movies like this turns to be a dissapointment!!
I can watch this movie again and again. The ending is amazing. They are soo sweet and soo real. I just can't stop it when it comes to appreciating Mausam :)
Edited on:11 May 2012 at 11:53pm
I've just seen it and I love it! I give it 4.5 stars! It's an amazing love story not some instant masala. The promos never lied and it's a story with ups and downs.
What I'd like to call Sonam's best performance.
Shahid is great as usual.
Great chemistry and storyline.
2 thumbs up for Mausam!
2 stars my foot!
I Love shahid kapur,and so i like him in this film too,,but ,,,,but i really dont like this filM,,it was so lenghty and bore.Seriously guys people in cenima were yawing while watching this film,including me.i expected a lot from this film,butt it make dissapoint.
I loved this movie! Its so nice to see the old time magic instead of the usual comdey films releasing these days. It's like a breath of fresh air! I loved Shahid's acting, his eyes are to die for! And Sonam looked so beautiful, i want curls like her! And yeah, i admit, it was stretched a little, but i felt that helped us feel their yearning to see each other. I'm definately going to watch this movie again soon =)
OMG I wish I had read this review before I went to watch it!! It sums up what I thought perfectly... It was too jumpy from scene to scene... And its true by the end you are like finally now can I please go home!
This has to be one of the best movies till now..
I just LOVED each and every bit of it...
Shahid looked handsome in the uniform... :D
Whereas Sonam looked gorgeous in everything she wore!
And she has improved A LOT now!
Well she has been my favourite actress and she still is... :D
Shahid too is my favourite actor! :D
He's actually the best in the industry! :D
And abt the pace of the movie, dude it was set in the 90's!
You can't just get the hero and heroine to meet eachother in a day, confess their 'undying love' for eachother the next day and then on the third day, get married!
The movies in the 90's were slow...
And this was just AMAZING!
Loved Mausam! :D
I disagree with the reviewer, although the film was a little bit lengthy, it wasn't a let down at all!!...In fact I thoroughly enjoyed the movie...the yearning of two separated lovers was palpable, especially on Shahid's part...he really does shine in the movie and his chemistry with Sonam was really good too...simple love stories like this are hard to come by in Bollywood these days, another reason why I really enjoyed the movie!
Shahid is wonderful throughout the movie.. I just wish they could have kept the length a bit short and chosen a better actress than sonam. Shahid is excellent both as a rustic punjabi lad, and as an IAF officer. He proves his acting finesse once again.. Atleast the movie had a believable hero, not someone like salman who can jump trains & take crashing containers! I agree that the latter half gets boring, the climax scene taking the cake, but I can watch mausam again, for it's cinematography, & for shahid's acting skills.. He is for sure one of the best actors of this generation.. & I loved mausam's rendition of 'abhi NA jao chhor ke'
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