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BheegiBasanti IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 9:23am | IP Logged
How can IF just copy paste a review written by Subhash K. Jha on Mausam and make no reference to his name anywhere?

Fix this now!

Here is the review posted on the main page and here is the link to the review in the Deccan!


Shahid Kapoor stands tall in ''Mausam'' (Review - Rating: ****)

Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 4:21:36 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   Comments 16 Comments Shahid Kapoor stands tall in ''Mausam'' (Review - Rating: ****)

Film: ''Mausam''; Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, Anupam Kher and Aditi Sharma; Writer-Director: Pankaj Kapoor; Rating: ****

Film: 'Mausam'; Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, Anupam Kher and Aditi Sharma; Writer-Director: Pankaj Kapoor; Rating: ****

There is an absolutely devastating moment of pure drama in this eagerly-awaited far-from-disappointing romance where Shahid Kapoor, playing one of the most deliciously challenging roles of his career, espies from a train the lost love of his life, Sonam Kapoor, standing forlorn in the snow with luggage, like Meryl Streep in 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' or Manisha Koirala in 'Dil Se', waiting for god knows what! The next train? Love? Death? Or the next life?

It's a moment that defines 'Mausam', a film that has some serious flaws, but finally holds together as a work of renaissance art, more remarkable, in parts outstanding, for what it attempts rather than what it finally achieves.

Pankaj Kapoor takes the Muslim-Hindu love story between a Kashmiri refugee girl and a Punjabi boy through an arching sweep of history. Every historical trauma that has defined and defiled India and Indians in the last 30 years props up as a vital image to underline the love story.

And what 'Mausam' finally says is, love becomes impossible in a civilization that chooses to define itself by violence rather than peace. Gandhi? He could be just a spectre that never existed in a world where two young people cannot come together in a clasp of love for the fear of falling into a terror trap.

We have award-worthy performances in 'Mausam' by the hero who happens to be the director's son. But that is just a karmic coincidence, like much of what transpires between the lovers in 'Mausam'.

The film goes from one phase in the couple's life to another, not quite smoothly but not strenuously either. The transitions in their estrangement are mapped out in some finely-written scenes where the couple's smothered affections for one another are manifested in moments of sublime beauty.

The ever-brilliant cinematographer Binod Pradhan captures the couple against breathtaking backdrops in rural Punjab and Scotland.

'Mausam' is one of the best-looking films in recent times. The transitions in time and topography are brought about with a fair degree of inner conviction and outer resplendence.

The synthesis of the lovers' inner and outer world is not always stress-free. The couple's inability to come together through various tragic and traumatic historical conflicts is depicted in scenes that range from the rivetting to the mundane.

Visually the film is a feast.

The film's strong sense of purpose and its love-defining affiliation to socio-cultural incidents leave little space for the incidental characters (of whom there are many) to grow in the plot. That, in a way, is the need of the plot. But you do crave to see more of the lives around the couple and how these lives and the relationships qualify the love story at the film's centre. You want to see the long-lasting friendship between Aayaat's Muslim father (Kamalnain Chopra) and the Kashmir Pundit (Anupam Kher).

And there is a plenty of quality of that sublime stillness in the storytelling - the film's extraneous correctness hides much of the film's intrinsic inconsistencies. Then there is Shahid, standing tall with a performance that puts him right up there among the finest contemporary actors.

Shahid takes us through the film's and his character's romantic odyssey, inconsistencies and all. Forget Tom Cruise. In the Airforce uniform he reminds us of Rajesh Khanna in 'Aradhana'. And that's the highest compliment any contemporary star can be paid.

The director tries hard to merge Sonam in the resplendent ambience. Her performance has enchanting echoes of Kareena Kapoor in 'Refugee'. The camera gives her no room to complain. But in the intensely romantic moments, she looks lost rather than lovelorn.

It's the other girl, the spirited Punjabi kudi Rajjo, in Shahid's life played by Aditi Sharma, who fills up the small space provided to her character.

'Mausam' is about the thwarted love between Harry and Aayaat. When they finally meet during the Gujarat riots, they seem to discover not love but its aftermath, which is a far greater thing than love.

Where the film seems to lag behind is in creating emotional pockets for the couple's mutual feelings to develop. Shahid playing Harry the Punjabi wastrel turned air-force officer and Sonam playing Aayaat the refugee from Kashmir, have several shared tender moments . The stand-out ones all come towards the second-half when loves grows impossible between the couple.

The climactic reconciliation during the Gujarat riots, enacted with supreme passion by Shahid, stands out for its stark dialogues that intercut between the couple's long pent-up feeling of separation and the socio-political forces that have kept them from each other.

The climax on a ferri's wheel appears a trifle manufactured.

Editor Sreekar Prasad's smooth flow in the narration is suddenly stymied in the search for a jolting finale.

But you have to hand it to Pankaj Kapoor. In his directorial debut, he tells an old-fashioned story of love, separation and reunion with flourishes and flashes of great cinema igniting what would in lesser hands, appear to be a trite tale of love gone frightfully cliched.

And yes, Pritam's music is apt. But the best tunes 'Abhi na jao chod kar' and 'Ajeeb dastaan hain yeh', are not his.


Link to the original that was copied by IF:

Ishan. IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 9:53am | IP Logged
As far as I know the article is from IANS which is a news service provider firm which provides various websites on the net with news articles. And at the end of the article it clearly says Copyright : IANS. And the site you mentioned is not any original source , you can just google the title of this article and you can see other websites too having the same article ! :)

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:01am | IP Logged

Like Ishan had mentioned above, it was uploaded by IANS, a service used by many leading sites. Its an automated service and if you look closely the copyright is to IANS, not India-Forums or BollyCurry.

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BheegiBasanti IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:01am | IP Logged
Ishan...fair enough. I realize that DH is not the original source but is getting a feed. But all the other sites still have Subhash K. Jha's name with the review...not here on IF though! That is not done!
BheegiBasanti IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:05am | IP Logged
Please explain to me how it is fair that the writer's name is not on his work which is blatantly posted on this site? 
gk_09 IF-Veteran Member

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:14am | IP Logged
The review is by IANS as clearly stated under the Copyright heading. IANs is an automated service used by leading news sites. About giving credit to the writer, IANS uploads all these articles by themselves on our server. We simply add the images and ensure the tagging is done properly. We don't alter the article in anyway whatsoever! Hopefully that clarifies things.

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BheegiBasanti IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:18am | IP Logged does not for me. Presumably, other sites use a similar automated feed. Then how is it that their posts of the articles clearly shows Subash K Jha's name while IF does not? The Deccan Herald link I posted has the author's name right on top. Just saying this is an automated feed does not make this ok.
-Nadii- IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 22 September 2011 at 10:27am | IP Logged

All this is posted by the IIANS, we dont know who the author is, all is upto them what they write and what no. If they have decided not to add the author on IF its upto them we cant do anything.

As we dont have anything to do with these articles, they post them and they decide who should get the credit.
More issues then u can contact the IIANS.

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