Movie: Mausam

Director: Pankaj Kapoor

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Supriya Pathak and Anupam Kher

Jagran Rating: Average

Story Line: Mausam revolves around a Kashmiri girl, Aayat (Sonam Kapoor) and Punjabi boy Harry (Shahid Kapoor). It’s a love story, the first season of which begins as a mere adolescent attraction set in a small village of Punjab. Their love blossoms with one of the most romantic scenes in Bollywood. It's a tender moment where the couple exchanges small notes to each other, she scribbling with a mehendi cone in her hand. There is yet another breathtaking rain sequence.

Unfortunately, these individual sparks don't make up the mood of the entire film. Overnight, Aayat has to move home and Harry is devastated. In the second season they meet again seven years later in Scotland where Harry is on training, on an exchange programme of the Indian Air Force. The flames of love reignite and the saga of love blossoms from here on. Their love realises its own depth in the hours of separation through season three. And finally, in the fourth season, their love culminates into togetherness after losing many precious things in life.

Thumbs Up: The movie starts with a great tempo, with the characters of the village well etched (I absolutely loved the elderly, clueless head of the village). Shahid as the young, bright boy is brilliant. He is energetic, convincing and oh yes, looks smashing too.

Shahid has done a commendable job. After ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Kaminey’, Shahid has given a chance to his critics to appreciate him. Through this film, Director Pankaj Kapoor tries to showcase the myriad season of meeting and parting in love. Sonam looks fabulous in the film, but perhaps is handicapped by the hapless character (one who is resigned to fate) she plays. 'Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye' capsulises Shahid's attraction towards Sonam, which makes the number more catchy and heart-warming. Cinemetography is really beautiful. 

Thumbs Down: Story of this flick loses its grip in second half. If only the director had dealt with the slow-paced narration of the movie, this flick could have been a more pleasant experience. Does the director actually want us to believe that in this day and age of communication, two well-educated and well-to-do adults are not able to trace each other even when they have common acquaintances? To top it off, when they actually do meet, they don't approach each other!  Shahid looks stiff in the second half as an IAF officer.

It's almost like he himself couldn't believe that the script could go on meandering for so long.


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