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Pankaj Kapur's given us such unforgettable moments as an actor. The least we can do is give him a chance as a director. Will watch Mausam!

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Mayank Shekhar's review: Mausam
Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 23, 2011
 
Gone with the pind

Mausam
Director: Pankaj Kapur
Actors: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor
Rating: *1/2 There's an old, popular Shailendra ditty in this movie that goes, of course, Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh. Kahaan Shuru, Kahan Khatam (It's a weird legend. Not sure where it begins. Not sure where it ends).

The second time they play that Shankar Jaiskishen song on this screen, you're convinced, this is some kind of an inside joke between the film's director and his drooping audience. He's ushered you into the theatre all right, seated you comfortably with popcorn, coke and other supplies for the day, it's been over three hours (has felt like multiple mausams, seasons, of a television series), you're still not certain when this epic tragedy will end, or if it will at all.

You do remember how it had roughly started. Sort of. The camera pans to reveal a sleepy, small pind or village in Punjab. Hero plays the fool with friends, getting cheap thrills out of challenging a train to knock his car over as he speeds across the rail tracks. That car looks like a topless Contessa, but is probably not. Homes have fat box TVs with poor reception. 'Respected' elder men lord over affairs of the young. Tutak Tutak Tutiya is the Bhangra number of the day. We're in the early '90s. Detailing is perfect, down to the aloo puri, that looks delicious. The sweep is still wide.

It feels like a more realistic, warm, alternate route to Yash Chopra's lush greens of Punjab. The picture, promising so far, appears comic in parts, romantic at moments, poetic in portions, and the all-genre Bollywood film otherwise. The director (Pankaj Kapur) appears to have made his debut with the same level of honesty and conviction with which he's scripted his own, rather under-rated acting career (Maqbool, Ek Doctor Ki Maut, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro). But hold on. It's not even been an hour, bouyz -- mustn't speak too soon.

The leading couple has barely met. They eye each other from a distance. Constantly. It's a popular form of rural love. She disappears from the pind suddenly. He checks out from the village as well. The movie goes off on another tangent, on to another plain. So do your brains, from here on. 

The gentleman before us, an officer now, is called Harry, for Harinder Singh (Shahid Kapoor). His girl's Ayat (Sonam Kapoor). Lovely name. You'd imagine their religion is perhaps the conflict of this romance. It's not. Don't even ask what is. Yet.

He doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't womanise. In the real world, such a man would be dangerous! In the pictures, he makes for the ideal Rajshri Prem-type Bollywood hero. She, on the other hand, rarely talks, radiantly smiles, shyly whispers.

It's been seven years since they caught each other's eyes. He keeps her autograph and picture in his wallet. They randomly bump into each other in Scotland. Sitting in a caf, they read minds, make unspoken conversations in their heads: "Are you married?" he asks her, in his head. "Why'd you think so?" she replies, in her head. "Thought you'd have had five to six kids already." She laughs, for real. Both are single. Get me the Pringle. Because, there you go, they disappear again. He's off to war. She's, as usual, still placing a call from circular dials of her Bakelite phone, writing letters, tracing those eyes to somehow lock hers with.  

This goes on for a decade, and more. Shahid Kapur gets to play the Bollywood superstar he shares the first four letters of his name with, as well as Tom Cruise from Top Gun. He ages well. Wish you could say that for his viewers. Between Swiss Alps, Scotland and Punjab, they witness a ball-room dance performance squeezed in somewhere, a Mozart concert elswhere, desi beats, and of course, the air force sorties.

Political events in the interim form the picture's backdrop: from Babri Masjid, terrorism in Kashmir, through Kargil, to 9/11, and Gujarat riots. Each, in their own ways, affects the characters. You figure, this film, floating over a sea of nothingness, is undone by its aspirations alone. That ambition being? A Gone With The Wind, a Dr Zhivago, or a Cassablanca, you suppose. You can only suppose: an epic romance through passage of time and history. Crores have been pumped into the director's convictions. Setting out with a script with better drama, leave aside a plot, could've helped its scale more. 

Meanwhile, misunderstandings between missing couple multiply. Their cellphone numbers, addresses change. By now we're in 2002. It's about time, people. For God's sake. Get yourself an email id. Seriously.

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@shahidkapoor my dad just loved #Mausam he says your incredible actor with amazing talent he wishes you all the best for future endeavors

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Mausam - Thats what a cinema should be. People should stop makin CRAPS like ready, bodyguard and MKBD. Pankaj Kapur - A real geniues. Gdluck

@shahidkapoor Awesome work bro. After Jab we met u came as an actor again in totality. Best Wishes!



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@shahidkapoor thanks for such wonderful piece of cinema .. Terrific movie enjoyed in thoroughly

@Shahid_Online congratulations on an amazing movie watchin it as I type crowd enjoyin at the theatre

@sonamakapoor really enjoyin the movie watchin it as I type!! Amazing movie !! Crowd appreciatin it!!


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@shahidkapoor @Shahid_Online Pankaj ji shukriya for dis timeless beauty!! It has left me awestruck! The effect has lingered on 24 hrs later!

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Jst read the Movie Review on Bollywood Hungama. Ermm

I was really hopeful for this. 
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Movie Reviews 
By Taran Adarsh, September 23, 2011 - 10:00 IST


It's become a ritual. Week after week, I make it a point to gauge audience expectations from a forthcoming movie on Twitter and Facebook. Based on what they have seen in the promos of a forthcoming film, or after listening to its soundtrack, the prospective viewers/moviegoers share their thoughts on the movie on my timeline. MAUSAM, I must add, had generated tremendous excitement prior to its release for varied reasons. One of the key reasons being, it is helmed by one of the most respected and accomplished actors of India -- Pankaj Kapur. This, in my opinion, is also its unique selling proposition.

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MAUSAM is being advocated as one of the greatest, epic love stories on celluloid. A story that talks of unconditional love against all adversities. First-time director Pankaj Kapur narrates a saga of star-crossed lovers facing various storms in their lives and of course, seasons. The story begins in the early 1990s and concludes a decade later, encompassing historical events that affected our lives -- displacement of Kashmiri Pandits, Babri Masjid episode, Mumbai blasts, 9/11, Kargil war and Gujarat riots. Though the on-screen characters make a veiled attack on the atrocities inflicted on the common man, MAUSAM remains a love story at heart. 


One has come to expect mesmeric romance and lilting tunes, backed by sensitive portrayals, from a true-blue romantic film. Unfortunately, MAUSAM suffers for the very reason that one may have assumed would be its biggest strength -- writing. The screenplay, to put it bluntly, is unengaging and what makes it worse is the fact that it seems like a never-ending saga. The film just goes on and on and on, moving from one city/country to another, till the viewer gets jetlagged and exhausted by watching this saga unfold on screen. With a running time of close to 3 hours, MAUSAM has a few sequences that do stand out, but the weak script blows the efforts away. 

MAUSAM starts with mere adolescent attraction between a Punjabi boy Harry [Shahid Kapoor] and a Kashmiri girl Aayat [Sonam Kapoor] in a small village of Punjab. It develops into young love between them in season two. Their love realizes its own depth in the hours of separation through season three. 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. 

MAUSAM has an old-world charm, no two opinions about it. The magic of the good old days is delectable and it's a great feeling to go back in time. Right from the setting to the costumes to the overall ambience, the film succeeds in pulling you back in time. But like I pointed out at the outset, the writing leaves a sour taste in your mouth. It lacks meat. 

Let me elaborate. The transition from Season 1 [in Punjab] to Season 2 [in Scotland] seems most unreal. The transition from a small village in Punjab to a palatial mansion and shop in Scotland remains a mystery. It truly baffles you. Also, when Sonam accidentally spots Shahid in Scotland, after a gap of many years, you'd expect her to rush up to him; if not hug him, at least make him aware that they've finally found/traced each other. But she doesn't, till he traces her and leaves a note for her. Why does Sonam evade him on the street first and at the concert later? Those in love would jump at the very first opportunity to rekindle an old flame, right? 

The graph of the film moves downwards with each passing episode. The war and the aftermath doesn't work, the Switzerland incident [when Shahid spots Sonam and chases her again, only to find her with someone else], though well shot, adds to the length, while the finale in Ahmedabad -- the climax -- is far from convincing. Besides, the lovers cross paths so many times that it doesn't come across as a coincidence anymore. Also, their reunion doesn't make you feel euphoric at all. The film doesn't end at that. There's an element of heroism injected in the finale moments of the film and it is so ridiculous that you actually rub your eyes in disbelief. Seriously, Mr Kapur, what were you thinking when you wrote this part? 

Pankaj Kapur is a brilliant actor, but he has a long, long way to go when it comes to writing a screenplay and telling a story without stretching it. There's no denying that he has handled a number of sequences adroitly, but after a point, MAUSAM becomes a tedious experience that sets in boredom and tests the patience of the viewer. The production values are top notch and producers Sheetal Vinod Talwar and Sunil Lulla deserve credit for giving the film a gargantuan look. The soundtrack of MAUSAM [Pritam] is a delight for listeners. The songs that stand out are 'Sajh Dhaj Ke' and 'Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye'. Binod Pradhan's cinematography is remarkable. 

It must have been a challenge of sorts for Shahid and Sonam to get the roles right. For, both sport not one, but varied looks in the film. Shahid gives his all to this role, submitting himself to his director-father to mould him the way he chooses to. It won't be erroneous to state that Shahid surpasses all his previous performances, including the one in KAMINEY, with this film. The film also marks the coming of age of this actor. For Sonam, MAUSAM will prove to be a turning point in her career. Astonishing -- that would be the right word to describe her work this time around. The confidence with which she handles the distinct characterization speaks volumes. 

Supriya Pathak Kapur is first-rate. Anupam Kher is wasted. Manoj Pahwa is wonderful, as always. The actors essaying the role of Sonam's father and sister are natural. Vaibhav Talwar gets no scope. Aditi Sharma excels in a brief role. 

On the whole, MAUSAM is a colossal disappointment! 

 

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