Coming straight from the stables of actor-turned-director Pankaj Kapoor, ‘Mausam’ can be best described as a wonderful blend of offbeat and mainstream cinema which is full of charm, elegance and vivacity.
Starring Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Manoj Pahwa, Pankaj makes sure that ‘Mausam’ is not a run of the mill potboiler high on glitz and glamour but a work of art which is based on meaningful cinema. At heart, the film is a simple love story told in a beautiful manner. ‘Mausam’ is the story of Harinder Singh aka Harry (Shahid Kapoor), a boy from rural Punjab waiting for a call from Indian Army and Aayat (Sonam Kapoor), a displaced Kashmiri girl and their love story which stretches over a decade, marred by communal violence, Mumbai blasts, Kargil war and Gujarat riots.
‘Mausam’ wells up nostalgia with its old world romance between Harry and Aayat’s sensitive cross-community love story, running through the heart of contemporary India. The lovers meet only to part again, a chance meet in Scotland and later re-unite in burning Gujarat.
In ‘Mausam’, Shahid Kapoor proves that he is much more than chocolaty good looks and has come of age from the boy next door portrayals. Shahid looks every bit convincing as he pulls off the role of a passionate lover and an air force pilot with élan. Sonam Kapoor too acts well and comes across as a charming girl with grace personified. Add to this is the magic of Binod Pradhan’s eye-catching cinematography and Pritam’s lilting tunes, which take the film to an altogether different level.
‘Mausam’ is a beautiful emotional rollercoaster and a must watch film if you are a Sasha fan.
Ratings: Four cheers for this one!