Shahid Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Supriya Pathak

Anupam Kher
Pankaj Kapoor
Music Director

MAUSAM Movie Review
What you expect to be a timeless love story turns to be an endless episode in Pankaj Kapur's Mausam . Kapur uses actual unlucky events from shared riots to terrorist attacks as the background to represent changing periods of love in his coming of age love story. And the lethargic story makes an effort to push itself 'only' during these hardships. So you are so disillusioned after a point that you hopelessly pray for another catastrophe to strike and thereby end your chaos. 

The story starts in early 90s when Aayat (Sonam Kapoor) greeneries behind her home in Kashmir (following the unrest in valley) and lands at a relation's place in Punjab. Village boy Harry (Shahid Kapoor) falls head over repairs for her but fate has some dissimilar plans. Post the Babri Masjid demolition, Aayat moves to an unknown terminus. Fate reunites them after seven years in Scotland when Harry has turned an air-force pilot. 
Inappropriately Kargil war splits them again where Harry is bid in the line of duty. Unable to trace each other post the war, the two pine for each other for years.
Pankaj Kapur kicks-off the film on a talented note in the unspoiled Punjab village, tapping the raw and young energy of Shahid Kapur, who races together with a speeding train in a roofless impala, living life on the edge. Love blossoms between the lead pair amidst the traditional setting of an in-house Punjabi wedding, and though we have seen that hundred times before on screen, you still somehow like the innocence of the 90s amorousness that the director captures elegantly. 

Undoubtedly Mausam is marred by its inexorable length and could have been much crunchier, considering what it actually serves in its three-hour runtime is too shallow in comparison. Other than that, it boasts of a decent soundtrack, courtesy Pritam and striking photography by Binod Pradhan. 

On the presentation front, Sonam Kapoor is merely passable and lacks the range to handle a character which spans a decade and demands varied emotions. So it's left up to Shahid Kapur to save the ship, which he capably does. He shows immense deftness in pulling off the wide range of variable conduct, mannerisms and maturity that his charm demands. He is charming as the community boy, suave as the pilot and intense as the bereaved lover. Aditi Sharma is remarkable in her short role consuming negative shades. Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa are decent. Anupam Kher is hardly there. 

starts off with the enjoyable freshness of any new season but stretches so long that you yearn for the onset of the next season.


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