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The positives: Shahid Kapoor - one of his best performances; Sonam
Kapoor: definitely her best performance; Cinematography: remarkable
visuals; Music: some beautiful melodies; Dialogues: some wonderful
lines, especially between Shahid & Sonam
The negatives: Editing: especially, in the second half - the film could have easily been cut by 30-40mins; The captions of each place really distracted from the movie & made it feel disjointed; Writing: could have been much tighter
I'd recommend it if you're a true blue romantic, who would want to invest time & emotions in a film.
" Mausam "could have been an artistic beauty but it ended up being an
erratic Screenplay binding sequence of events which never looked in
direct connection with the Characters in the movie and could well have
been avoided. The only good thing about the movie is its Art
Direction/Camera Work but when it comes to integral concepts of Script
& Screenplay it fails on all notes. The other weak point in the movie
is the Editing part and painfully slow pace with absolute no beauty in
the dialogs & the chemistry between the protagonist & his beloved.
The first 40 Min's in the movie displaying the rural Punjab was the best part in the movie which will impress most of the audience with bunch of light moments of humor and the art direction as well. But when there should have been raising the bar & intensity , movie falls apart on all accounts. Pankaj Kapur has been one of those greatest actors which not only Indian cinema has been blessed with but he has equally stunning with his roles in TV Serials as well. But as they say " Not all Great Players make for Great Captains the same way Not all Great Actors make for Great Directors " although this is TOO early to say. Great Players or Actors always have Great concepts but what remains is the execution of those concepts in practical world.
Concept behind "Mausam" was to show how the chronological sequence of disasters all over world influences the bonding between two people in love .
Riots in Kashmir brings the girl (Sonam) to Punjab at his aunt's place where Shahid falls for the girl. Sonam teases Shahid to meet her in the morning at aunt's bakery to know her YES or NO. Now suddenly Babri Masjid demolition the same day makes entire family to move out of Punjab to Mumbai without notice which i believe was not in connection at all . I mean you can be seriously hurt with your sentiments but there was NO impact in the place you are living then WHY you need to move out of that place which looks much more safe for you then any other place in the country. And this was first bizarre change in "Mausam" rest of the movie from here on brings very erratic & irritating changes in "Mausam".
Suddenly next frame camera location changes to "Scotland" 1999 where both meet again , alas ! destiny my lord has all the privileges reserved for the movie characters !! Shahid is in air force now & Sonam family has settled in Scotland. Sonam calls Shahid to meet her father for marriage and the same day Kargil war breaks and Shahid leaves without notice. Girls's father dies & she moves to Punjab to check for Shahid with no luck and then moves to Ahmedabad and then back to Scotland. In the meantime Shahid calls her sister to meet Sonam and convey his message when Sonam is not there. And this Hide & Seek continues with frequent changes in Mausam like next 9/11 World Trade Centre and finally with 2002-03 riots in Gujrat . I seriously thought this movie will go till recent Delhi Blasts .
Climax looked be in shades of Maniratnam's "Bombay" with Gujrat riots in backgrounds and finally Shahid meeting Sonam but again looked unnerving and nothing intense to get in your minds , in fact that riot looked to have no effect on the ongoings between Shahid/Sonam. Movie fails to build connection with the audience and after such series of drastic events you do not even feel sympathy for any character in the movie and WHY should you ? Were any of them really affected by those events ?
The allure of the first half of Mausam lies in the vintage love story
which proceeds through unsaid words, unexpressed feelings, stolen
glances and lots of melody (Pritam Singh). The affair which begins in
1992, before the demolition of the Babri mosque has an oriental charm
to it and makes for some moments of great viewing. Mausam has lots to
offer to the viewer who doesn't mind his cinema languorous, laid back
and moody, with loads of beauty. The film tries to strike a balance
between art and mainstream cinema and succeeds.
After a long time I watched a movie with calming effect. With all power fight movies in the cinemas, Mausam gives a shade of love and feelings.
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I have mentioned it before that I have a positive bias towards every
Shahid Kapoor film because of the honest effort he makes to make his
films work. And what is it that Mausam did not offer? Shahid's new
look, promising storyline, fresh pairing of Shahid-Sonam and Pankaj
Kapur's directorial debut. Based on these factors, the hype and
anticipation for Mausam were genuine.
To start with, the basic premise of the movie is phenomenal. A poignant so-near-yet-so-far kind of love story in the setting of historical events that defined lives of Muslims and Sikhs living in India and their effects of the protagonists. A gutsy and original concept. However, films are not made on concepts, they need stories and screenplays and unless they are Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar no-brainers, they need connections between events and sequences. That's where the shortcomings of Mausam start becoming obvious. It's a kind of film about which you want to say positive things, however, there is a BUT attached to every good thing about the movie.
The first thing you notice in the first hour is the appreciable detail to wardrobe and excellent art direction. The very real locations of Punjab add a touch of authenticity to the scenes. But Mausam is a long film and has a painfully slow pace. Sequences are long even though shot artistically. Sardar Ji scenes are funny but mostly the humor is too decent (read a bit childish). Shahid's Punjabi isn't all that great but his friends are genuine. It's the transition from first season to the second where the problems begin and creative liberty overpowers logic. From then onwards, the film continuously goes up and down on likability factor, less up and more down.
Start of the second half is pacier than the first but it slows down again. And then comes the climax. When the climax begins, it starts to appear as if Pankaj Kapur will redeem himself for everything mistake he had made in the film, but, as usual, he goes so over-the-top in depicting heroism that he makes things a bit comical. It was sad to see the audience making fun of the film and laughing on serious scenes because the hard work put behind the film has gone wasted.
I believe that film-making is pretty much like flying where more than the flight, landing and take-off are important. Pankaj Kapur, the filmmaker, knows how to fly but messes up in take-off and landing. Pankaj Kapur has a long way to go as a story-teller. Shorter as a director but longer as a writer. There comes a time when the logic of using internet or mobile phones as contact devices loses out to dependence on coincidences. The audience loses count of seasons and years and so does the director when he mixes-up dates and also makes errors like Shahid mentioning his mother was killed in Sikh Riots of 84 when he was 1 year old whereas in 91, he was 20. Oh and by the way, the Britishers used for Shahid's sister's wedding were as British as our friends in Bangladesh.
Performances wise, it's out and out a Shahid Kapoor film. This is his best performance of his career surpassing even my personal favorites Kaminey and Jab We Met. Great energy as a young happy-go-lucky Punjabi boy, fantastic authenticity in demeanor as an Air Force officer and maturity of an ageing man. He also carried well the part where his misfortune results in physical disability. Pre-climax scene, Switzerland train scene and train scene with Rajjo are classics. Excellent performance, which probably will go unnoticed.
First decent performance by Sonam in her career but she still was not the best choice for this role. It was a pretty demanding character which needed a much established actor rather than a pretty face. The most interesting character of the film was Rajjo, played very well by the Telugu actress Aditi Sharma. She carried off the helpless negativity in her role very well. Supriya Pathak was also very good. Anupam Kher was totally wasted. Looks more like an editing cut of the character. Shahid's brother-in-law is the weakest link in the entire cast.
Overall, Mausam is a film that misses more targets than it hits which is very unfortunate because with its artistry, it had the potential of becoming a piece of classic cinema. If you are a die-hard Shahid Kapoor fan, you should still try it. If not, wait for Ra.One.
Mausam : The Aroma of Springs, the Heat of Summers, the pain of autumns
and the Warmth of Winters in quilt ,seasons bound to change holding
their own importance neither being good or bad
It's just the matter of
preference which one you love. Mausam, the debutant venture of Pankaj
Kapoor is a pleasant journey through the dark and unpleasant historical
events as a backdrop. Harry (Shahid Kapoor) a young and chirpy lad from
a small village of Punjab but with big dreams to fly and run faster
than the train falls in love with a beautiful and innocent Kashmiri
girl Aayat (Sonam Kapoor) who came to stay at the relatives place due
to communal tensions in Kashmir. The first season of the movie can be
described as the vintage love story between the two couples set in a
sceneric beauty of realistic Punjab village and lovable music which
ends up with the separation of the couple where Harry joins the Air
force and Aayat left for the Mumbai.The second season starts after 7
years of the separation is Scotland where the couple meets again -Harry
as Sq. Leader Harinder Singh and Aayat as a dancer in Royal house of
dance. Their romance has grown a step higher with the physical intimacy
which ends up in separation again due to urgent recall of Harry by
Indian Air Force due to Kargil war. Then again separation, reunion,
separation and director seems to be lost somewhere..??? How Read on
Thumps Up Thumps Down (TUTD TM ) Analysis 1) Performances Shahid has grown himself one step further in the acting school from a young chirpy guy to a serious lover to a responsible Air force officer, he has lived all his characters well and in perfection. Sonam was decent and watchable but the best thing is its ensemble cast which support main characters perfectly 2) BeaT SenSE The music of the film is composed by Pritam while the lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil. This is an excellent album to be kept in collector's edition with such a meaning lyrics and fresh music. 3) Art Sense The cinematography by Binod Pradhan is worth mentioning. Each frame is well captured especially the rural Punjab. 4) For the Director Pankaj Kapoor is a well know actor and this is his debutant venture as a director. The first half of the movie is extremely watchable. The rural Punjab on screen immensely claims applauds which is real as life yet charming and far from Yash raj's Punjab, Johar's lavish living halls and bhansali's BRB (Blue. Red .Black) Sets. The vision of the plot is honest and appreciable but the problem lies in Second half with lot of potholes in the script. a) The 10 years depicted were from 1992 to 2002 covering four major events as a backdrop i.e. Babri Mosque riots, Kargil War, Gujarat's Godhara Riots and America's World trade tower's attack. It would have been nice if the director could have taken one or two events rather than infusing all riots because it seems to be overdose in the script and actually lower downs the pace of the love story b) Second the period from 1992 to 2002 is not a very old period; director must have this in mind that internet and emails were very much in fashion in Indian and abroad in this period, so writing letters by main female lead for years to hero's old residence in Punjab is quite illogical. Also even the email part ignored assuming they were not net savvy Aayat could have left her address and contact details to Harry's sister Voice machine in Scotland, which she earlier done than why she was keep writing post mails and traveling to Punjab to Mumbai to Ahmadabad to Switzerland to Scotland -doesn't it cost money for travel?? c) Shahid role as an Air Force office is very limited to uniform drama only No dialogues at all. During War he seems to be busy checking Jet's wings, Fan, wheel base with a backdrop of a song. Also the controversial fighting sequence is hardly 25 seconds where audience expected to had more c) The white horse in the climax was quite funny thou it was not used to carry on the story thou its presence neither justified anything .The second half script demands better screenplay as its first half.
5) Golden Moments There are few scenes worth mentioning like a) The scene between Harry and Aayat where the Harry initiates a conversation with Aayat by handing over small chits to her and she teases him by putting them in a glass of water. The scene has a sweet song in the backdrop which is not in the album b) Their second meeting in Scotland in Coffee shop where the couple is having conversation in eyes , thou funny at place but appealing c) In a scene when Harry saw Aayat outside a train in Switzerland and his feet chase to catch her. d) The Climax Giant Wheel Child saving sequence is breathless. Chalte-Chalte Mausam like its name has all the flavors including a beautiful Cinema, heart winning Music and a bit of cold scripting But it's worth experiencing. It may not suits Delly belly audience and critics but then Choice is yours
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It starts off much better than the useless action garbage Bollywood is shovelling down our throats these days, as season 1 of Mausam presents a simple and carefree love story. But as time passes and our star-crossed lovers continually fail to stay together, the film begins taxing on your nerves. It goes from great, to good, to indifferent and eventually stupid in the span of its almost 3 hour running time. Don't know what Pankaj was thinking but the flight sequence and completely over the top climax were really poor. Maybe someone told the director he needed more current commercial elements, and in succumbing to the same, he did his movie a great disservice. Luckily, both Shahid and Sonam give great performances along with the supporting cast, and the songs by Pritam are too good to ignore. It is a lot better than the countless Readys, Dabanggs, Forces and Bodyguards out there, but that is hardly a compliment.
Pankaj Kapur is 1 of those people in the industry who have played
almost every kind of role with perfection-be it the commoner Mussadi of
office- office or Liaqat of Roja.From Tarneja in the evergreen classic
Jaane bhi do yaaron to the menacing Abbaji of Maqbool,he has played
every role with sincerity & has always provided quality entertainment.
With Mausam,he goes behind the camera & directs his 1st film.When
people like him assume directorial responsibility,expectations assume
gigantic proportions.So did it turn out to be a great film.With a grief
in my heart ,I would have to disagree.Its no more than an average
affair. The story begins in a small village called MALLUKOT where a fun
loving Harry(Shahid) falls in love with A kashmiri
girl(Sonam).However,unexpected circumstances leads to their separation
only to meet in Scotland a few years later.(Shahid,by the time is
serving in IAF while Sonam has become a ballet dancer).Again
circumstances lead to their separation only to be searching each other
till the end.
The initial 45 minutes of the film are like a whiff of fresh air where a carefree village life is depicted in a realistic,heart warming way.Its really wonderful to see such tender romantic moments between Harry & Aayat which automatically melt your heart like butter.But the real problem begins when the story shifts to Scotland.The film loses its steam & drags on continuously for 3 hours.The logic is thrown out of window & film presents the monotony of deja vu(meeting & separation again & again & again).
One more problem in the film (which is unpardonable considering a person like Pankaj Kapur is at the helm of affairs) is Factual errors.The Punjab Roadways bus model shown in 1992 didn't exist then.It came much later.Moreover,we see a Whirlpool refrigerator cover in the film in the year 1992(The company entered Indian market in 1995).Such errors take away the appeal & seriousness of the film.
The director saddles this film's narrative with some important events like 1992 Babri demolition,1999 Kargil infiltration,11th September to Ahmedabad riots,which don't actually appeal.The intention was noble but execution isn't upto the mark.
In this world of multi genre films,(Action comedy like Singham or Rom Coms),Pankaj Kapur sticks to a single genre of romance which doesn't connect with audience somehow.Moreover,Shahid being a pilot in the IAF,it provided ample opportunity to Pankaj Kapur to explore some fine action sequences of aerial combat,but its just a little more than "BLINK & YOU MISS" sequence!The director takes himself too seriously-which ultimately works against the film.
Shahid Kapur's performance as the village brat Harry is fantastic but somehow misses the mark in his Air force avatar.His appearance seems misfit for this.Sonam Kapoor needs to take some acting lessons,she just misses to portray this complex character well.While Anupam Kher is wasted in a thankless role,Supriya Pathak plays her part with great deal of precision.
The climax sequence involving a horse,a ferris wheel & a child with Shahid's "heroics" is unintentionally funny & serves as a final nail in the coffin.
One thing has to be admitted that while most film makers today find an easy way of plagiarizing hit foreign films,Pankaj Kapur tries to rekindle the old age romance which had been overshadowed by plastic emotions portrayed in movies today.There is honesty in its music(Rabba main to is a very nice song,so is saj dhaj & ik tu hi),the way the film is made with devotion & passion.The only sad part remains that it doesn't click.But Pankaj Kapur has lot to learn as a director,he has shown flashes of brilliance in this film,& I'm pretty confident that when he makes his next film,it 'll be as awesome as he is.
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When anything comes with a name of Pankaj Kapoor expectations becomes
very high weather it's a movie or a serial.Mausam also came with lots
of expectation as it has been directed by Pankaj Kapoor.
Story: Harinder Singh aka Harry (Shahid kapoor), whiles away his time in his native village, waiting for the letter to join the Indian Air Force. But before the letter arrives, he falls in love with Aayat (Sonam Kapoor), the displaced Kashmiri girl who lands up in the village when Kashmir falls prey to insurgency. However, the ill-fated romance gets disrupted by the political events like the Ayodhya dispute, the Mumbai bomb blasts, the Kargil war, the Gujarat riots.... The world simmers, violence spreads, but love never dies as Harry and Aayat keep hoping for a re-union, despite the passing years and the turbulent landscape When I have gone to watch this movie I have heard lots of bad reviews but somewhere in mind i have good feelings for this movie as after all its Pankaj Kapoor's movie who never do anything just to earn.
When the movie started I fell in love with whole place he shown, the characters and artistic touch of pankaj kapoor. Romance of harry and Aayat was shown very beautifully. Romantic moments like Talking with each other by notes, Shahid watches from rooftop, rain scene, Conversation without saying anything were awesome.
Upto interval movie is fantastic but after interval it loses grip due to too much separations, unneeded action scenes, events like godhra tiger hill...babri mosque twin tower blast and with too much filmy climax.
In direction and cinematography department Pankaj Kapoor has done his best. Kudos to him. His way of showing the movie was fantastic. He just needed to cut movie length by not showing unnecessary events.
Shahid and Sonam are perfect for this role. You will love Shahid in all the shades like Desi boy of Punjab, lover boy, Air force officer, Handicapped one. Like wise you will like sonam as Desi girl of Kashmir, Ballet dancer. Though shahid was looking pretty young as Air force officer but he managed it very well.
In music and song department movie is powerful. None of them were unnecessarily put in the movie. Song while passing the note was surprise package for me, loved it very much. In script and screenplay department pankaj kapoor had to work to make movie better.
Overall I can say movie takes has too much to offer to the audience which they can't digest due to its unnecessary length. If you are going to watch this movie then don't go with much expectations.
My rating - 2.8/5 (In some parts its good else it is wasted due to its bad screenplay )
I have said everything in above line, still i need to write 10 lines to qualified it as a valid review. Most importantly initial 40-45 minutes are awesome, movie is worth watching just because of this part. It clearly shows how a simple straight story can be so entertaining and heart touching, it was pure delight to watch that. Actually I was under the impression that it is going to be my best Hindi movie but then comes the real Bollywood in action: meaningless struggle, irrelevant side stories and all that crap you find in most of Hindi movies. But one again, I would suggest to give it a try, specially because initial part is better so you can leave the cinema anytime you want after that.
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This movie hands down beats all the BAD movies I've seen so far. Though
I wasn't so hopeful after the first half, I gave the movie a fair
second chance in second half to redeem itself. I tried to see movie
with an open-mind thinking I mightn't be getting something and this
really is an epic in the making which my immature mind couldn't fathom.
I tried to look engrossed. Half an hour into the movie in the second
half, I gave up any pretensions of engrossment when I saw some in the
audience yawning, cursing and using expletives which I'd rather not
Pankaj Kapur has been exposed as a Wannabe who needs a reality check on his capabilities as a director. He's brilliant as "Mussadi Lal" in "Office Office" and should stick to being that. Everyone involved in the making of this movie had very high expectations (of themselves) and thought of themselves as Tees Mar Khan(that was a flop, too). This movie should be included in the Movies Library on how not every Tom, Dick, Harry and Mussadi can't be a director. Pankaj Kapur should've burned his hands on small, modest ventures before setting about to arson this Movie Producer's life savings with this Wannabe Magnum Opus.
Now, about the movie which this team intended. An eternal epic Love Story transcending time, continents, religion, hardships germinating from an idea of interweaving a love story around all the communal, war and terrorist events around the world. The only thing epic about this movie is its length (3 hours of pure Chinese torture).
The Lovers miraculously appear in the eye of the world altering events just before they happen. Suspicious minded in the audience will be forced to think if one of them is covertly involved in it. There was a moment when I was expecting Sonam Kapoor to say "My name is Ayaat and I'm not a terrorist". Pankaj Kapur should've thought on that lines too after this Love Story fell flat on its face.
Both the lead characters are shown to be globetrotters who just couldn't sit at one place. Sonam Kapoor's character is one step ahead. She likes to move from one place to another after each tragedy and start life from scratch. Just keeping the count on the number of times she moves makes my grey cells shrink. Let's try with reasons: From Kashmir to Punjab (Reason: Terrorism), Punjab to Mumbai (Reason: Unknown/for uncle to get killed in Mumbai Blasts/Babri Masjid issue, but how?), Mumbai to Scotland (Reason: Unknown), Scotland to Punjab (Reason: To find Kapur), Punjab to Ahmedabad (Reason: Unknown), Ahmedabad to Scotland (Reason: Unknown), Scotland to USA (Reason: Unknown/Waiting for 9/11), USA to Switzerland (Reason: Stopped for questioning post 9/11 /to get stranded on a deserted platform on a mountain), Switzerland to Ahmedabad: (Reason: Unknown/Waiting for Godhra).
The lead pair meet and get separated, meet and get separated again and this Separation-Reunion saga continues for at least 3 counts (actual count, I didn't bother after 3). Poor Souls just couldn't keep track of each other and get separated even though there was no Kumbh Mela involved. It's hard to imagine how dim-witted the lovers could be to achieve that feat in this age of advanced communication. The movie is set from 1992-2002 (mobiles and emails were available from 1996 onwards) but at the point of juncture, the pair preferred to communicate through good old letters or no communication at all (Shahid Kapur couldn't spare two minutes to intimate her eternal soul mate that he's been called to the Kargil War front). Considering the primitive mode of communication between the pair, the movie could've been set in the pre-independence era but then it'd have been impossible for the director to incorporate Operation Blue Star in 1984 (I think, there was a subtle mention of it), Kashmiri Pandit's migration, Babri Masjid issue, Mumbai Blasts, Kargil War, 9/11, Godhra Riots, Operation Neptune Spear to kill Laden (oops no, that wasn't there) and what not, which are so instrumental to the movie.
The movie had some really fantastic moments (pun intended) when one sees the couple having chance meetings in unexpected places like Scotland, Train on Mountain Top in Switzerland, Ahmedabad etc. What are the chances of that? One in a million and they cracked it 3-4 times. They must be soul mates and destined to meet, one must think. Only it didn't show in their chemistry. There was never a moment when I felt a lump in the throat or had teary eyes.
Shahid Kapur seems in character as a village lad but doesn't look Macho enough to play an Air Force Pilot. Anyways, Macho aka Maharaj Kishanji is a Kashmiri Pandit's character played by Anupam Kher (How Sonam Kapoor nicknamed him MACHO is yet another mystery among many in this movie). Anupam Kher, only genuine talent casted in the movie is hopelessly wasted. He appears on the screen for just 3-4 scenes (which is more than only 1 in which his screen wife appears while telephoning from Jammu Station. Whatever happened to her?). Sonam Kapoor just talks in whispers. She doesn't get to shout in the movie which is like normal humans talking. Supriya Pathak Kapur (wife of the director)has the same 'in shock' expression for most of the movie as if she had a premonition about the fate of the movie.
I think that entire IAF objection and hence, delayed release was hogwash to elevate the movie's hype (much like Shahrukh Khan's detention at Newark Airport for MNIK). That 30 second of supposedly objectionable sequence does nothing to lift the movie but rather nose dives the movie down much like the aircraft in the movie. The movie fails to evoke any emotion and sympathy even when the protagonist's one arm gets paralyzed.
In short, it's a pretty successful failure at a disaster epic movie.
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