Four Seasons. Four Colors. Four different age groups of protagonists. Four true historical events. This is what constitutes – Mausam.
The love story in its first season starts with mere adolescent attraction between a Punjabi boy Harry (Shahid Kapoor) and a Kashmiri girl Aayat (Sonam Kapoor) in a small village of Punjab. It develops into young love between them in season two. Their love realizes its own depth in the hours of separation through season three. In the fourth and final season their love culminates into togetherness. But not before sacrificing a lot personally and learning the truth behind universal love. Mausam is a passionate love story which sees, as its background various shades of life, questioning us and yet not becoming indulgent – truly a love story beyond romance. Pankaj Kapur shines as a story teller. But the screenplay is a sheer drag (in both the halves with the film running close to three hours) and that slows down the pace considerably which diverts and even divides the audience interest after a point. But the well penned dialogues act as a silver lining and do some damage control.
As a first time director, Pankaj Kapur displays an extraordinary flair of the art and makes best use of his creative skills. He has handles a difficult subject with maturity and a rare understanding.
Performance-wise, Shahid Kapoor showcases his best work so far and impresses with a stellar act. He looks good in all his get-ups and he’s simply outstanding when it comes to his acting. Sonam Kapoor plays the girl-next-door close to perfection and enacts her part well.
Music by Pritam is a highlight especially the ‘Rabba’ song. Lyrics by Irshad Kamil evoke the right emotions and the pathos of the lovers. Cinematographer Binod Pradhan succeeds in capturing the countryside as well as scenic locations like Austria, Italy, Spain and UK to its optimum level. Sound by Subhash Sahu is alright. Editing by Sreekar Prasad could have been far better as the film has scope for some major trimming and reducing the film’s length by at least 20 minutes would make the film a lot crisper and that would only help the film further. Choreography by Ahmed Khan has the best moves and steps for Shahid and he does full justice to it. Action by Sham Kaushal looks real.
All in all - mystical, magical and mesmerizing – that’s ‘Mausam’ for you!