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Mausam  : Seasons with no reasons
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Friday, September 23, 2011
Pankaj Kapur
Shahid Kapur, Sonam Kapoor, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Anupam Kher, Aditi Sharma
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Disappointing attempt at a love story by Pankaj Kapur. A letdown after all the hype.

The plot: Harry (Shahid Kapur), a Punjabi simpleton and Aayat (Sonam Kapoor), a troubled Kashmiri, fall in love and follow their destiny. An over-simplified concept. The film traces their journey as time, seasons and locations pass.

The good: It’s an innocent, feel-good romance reminiscent of an earlier day and age. Shahid Kapur plays Harry, the village lad and later Squadron Lt Harinder Singh, with conviction and conveys his transformation effortlessly. There’s realism in his portrayal of the man from Punjab, complete with the mannerisms, accent and outfits. This adds credibility to the story.
The earlier part of the movie, refreshingly, evokes genuine laughter without resorting to slapstick. Shahid’s bitter-sweet moment on receiving a letter is well captured.

The bad: The lack of a strong story and narrative flow hinders the momentum. So we start off on a journey from Punjab, move to Scotland, Switzerland, America, Ahmedabad and complete a full circle at Punjab again. The movie keeps hopping from one time zone to another without anything much being accomplished.
That’s not all. This love story is dotted with all the historic disasters of the decade; the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition, the 1993 Mumbai blasts, 1999 Kargil War, 2001 Twin Tower attacks and the 2002 Godhra riots.
The director’s keenness to show the protagonists’ 10-year journey seems a little more than a cliché, since they find themselves in the most unfortunate situations and keep missing each other by a whisker.
The script has gaping loopholes, like in the scene where Aayat vanishes with her bag and baggage at the drop of a hat.  Although ‘O rabba main to mar gaya’ is a soulful rendition, the story’s constant interruption by songs seems forced and unnecessary. Sonam gives another average performance sans spark, unable to move beyond her limited acting skills.

Overall: Watch it only if you are hopelessly into romantic movies or are a part of the actor’s fan club. Not even a ‘perfectionist’ like Pankaj Kapur could save the film.
– Nikita Periwal

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