film biopsy: mausam

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Film Biopsy

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Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut, Mausam had created much anticipation due to the controversies that surrounded the release of the film. Because of all the controversy the audience was even more eager to watch the film. But is the film worth all this anticipation.

Mausam is a love story about Harinder Singh a.k.a Harry (Shahid Kapoor) and Aayat (Sonam Kapoor) who meet in a small village in Punjab, and that is where their innocent young romance begins. The story takes place over a long period of time, as due to circumstances, Aayat and Harry never get a chance to truly confess their love to each other. The rest of the film is about how they overcome the obstacles of time, and other incidents that occur in their lives, to be together. The ups and downs in their love story depends mostly on the major historic events that stirred India between 1990 to 2002.

The film starts off with a lot of humor, and scenes of celebration. Although, the story seems like a tried and tested formula, it has been directed in a unique way. It is not the typical action and romance film where the hero kills off all the villains and gets the heroine in the end. The film takes a long time to come to a conclusion, and there are points where you might just say, “When is it going to be over?” To enjoy this film, you might have to put yourself in that mindset. The film describes pure love, tried by times and still going strong.

The dialogue delivery and the acting are definitely worth mention. Supriya Pathak, who plays Aayat’s aunt, gives a great performance. While the first half is very colorful and a delight to watch, the second half is slow, and unrealistic. Many a times in the film, the sequence of the scenes is abrupt and irrelevant. The second half is spread out with many changes in locations and settings which makes the film hard to follow, and very jumpy. The time period goes by quite fast making it hard for the audience to really latch on to the emotions in the scenes.

After the intermission, it seems like Pankaj Kapoor got tired of making the film and just kept adding events and plots just to finish the film. Mausam has its fair share of cheesy dialogues, and impracticalities.

While the direction is superb, more effort could have been put into writing the screenplay and the dialogues. An improvement in the plot and dialogues would have given the film the continuity that it otherwise lacks.

Mausam is a worth a watch, if you keep in mind that it is not going to be a feel-good romantic movies. It is going to be an emotional journey: one that will last almost three hours.




  1. anu says:

    i love shahid

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