"Mausam"... When I heard the title of Pankaj Kapoor's maiden film, it brought back memories of Mhd. Rafi's "Aaj mausam bada beimaan hai" and therefore images of traditional romantic movies...
Mausam is a love story spanning the four seasons of its hero and heroine's lives: Harry, a Hindu Punjabi boy, and Aayat, a Muslim Kashmiri girl. The first season is that of their encounter as teenagers in a small village of Punjab. As the two fall in love and the audience watches them grow their lives enter season two. The drama and pain of separation makes their love grow deeper as they mature in season three and finally season four sees both lovers come together.
At a time when most male star actors are working on appearing as young as possible and oozing their sex appeal, 6-pack abs, and stunts in action films, Mausam brings back the innocence of youthful romance with Shahid Kapoor who has stepped from being promising to stunningly talented, whether he is conveying naughtiness, reservation or the pain of a lost love.
The film has tender romantic moments such as a boyfriend requesting a phone kiss to his shy girlfriend or a beautiful scene in which the two protagonists exchange silence and written love notes that the girl systematically dips into water, almost as if the fact that ink disappears was irrelevant due to her ability to keep her lover's words deep in her heart. Both Harry and Aayat also have dialogues in which none of them moves their lips, as if they only needed to look at each other to know what the other is thinking. The symbolism and cinematography of Mausam are two clap-worthy elements that make it endearing, despite the criticism that has been made to some of the film's shortcomings.
Script-wise, the first season of the film is splendid, with tight and rhythmic dialogues and good humour, lasting approximately an hour. The subsequent second season also has stolen moments of romantic beauty but the narration seems to be reaching several limits through the lack of transitional moments that would weave the story better and will affect the narrative as a whole in its second part.
While Sonam Kapoor always looks magnificently fresh as a flower in a young girl role, she somehow lacks the scope and depth to portray a more mature woman while her cavalier, Shahid Kapoor, breezes through all seasons with just the right tone, not bothering with his looks and still looking seductive showing off his talent in a way never seen before.
Mausam could have become a classic had it had a bit more restraint in certain areas and developed others (main and side characters and events). Oh if only Pankaj Kapoor could rewrite the last third of the script just before the climax scene and refilm or edit it with a little more tightness, a full little gem would appear on screen.
The film also counts pleasant music composed by Pritam Chakraborty but one regrets that Shreya Ghoshal's beautiful and highly effective rendition of Jaidev's "Abhi na Jao Chod Kar" is not included in the soundtrack.Visit the Mausam official website
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MausamDirector: Pankaj Kapoor
Writer: Pankaj Kapoor
Cinematography: Binod Pradhan
- Shahid Kapoor - Harry
- Sonam Kapoor - Aayat Rasool
- Anupam Kher - Maharaj Krishna
- Supriya Pathak - Fatima
- Aditi Sharma - Rajjo