Mausam is basically a love story that is set in the backdrop of political hostilities and religious conflict. The biggest strength of story of the movie, which begins in the early 1990s, is that it encompasses several historical events like displacement of Kashmiri Pandits, Babri Masjid episode, Mumbai blasts, 9/11, Kargil war and Gujarat riots that affected the lives of common man. Somewhere, including all these stuffs itself becomes bane for the film.
The pre-release hype of the movie had created an expectation that it would be a mesmeric love story, but its weak script and unengaging screenplay mar the efforts of the director. In a bid to include all above mentioned epic moments, Pankaj keeps moving from city to city and that is where Mausam becomes a never-ending saga.
But this does not mean that the film, which has a run time of close to 3 hours, has no enchanting moments. Obviously, it has many scenes that touch the human heart and Pankaj Kapoor has tried his best in holding his grip on the hearts and minds of viewers even in dreary sequences. The first half of the film is a visual treat, but the movie turns unconvincing in the second half.
Punjabi boy Harry [Shahid Kapoor] meets a Kashmiri girl named Aayat [Sonam Kapoor] in a small village of Punjab, where the adolescent attraction develops between the two, who later fall in love. But their relationship soon hits a rough patch mostly following religious riots. What happens next will form an interesting story.
The major attraction of Mausam is obviously Shahid Kapoor's superb performance. The Bollywood actor has wide scope to exhibit his acting skills and he has taken a big leap and lived up to the expectations of his role. Sonam Kapoor has also done a wonderful acting, but as an actress, she still has long way to go. Other artistes have also done well in their respective roles.
The second highlight of Mausam is its lively music that suits the tone of a life-affirming love story. Pritam Chakraborty has composed melodious and hummable songs for the film. Besides music, cinematography is also a major attraction and Binod Pradhan has captured some of the most charming scenes in his frames for the film.
Overall, Mausam is a brilliant effort by Pankaj Kapoor, though he has a long way to go when it comes to writing a screenplay and direction. The movie is obviously not an average love story that usually hits screen. It is a must watch romantic flick.
Producer: Sheetal Vinod Talwar, Sunil A Lulla
Director: Pankaj Kapur
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Aditi Sharma, Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa
Music: Pritam Chakraborty