Film by Pankaj Kapoor [The same one who acted in Maqbool, the blue umbrella etc]
Mausam has its heart in the right place.
The actors are smug
(not unlike most star children)
or clueless and silly
Or pointlessly grave
Some of the things that stand out are the sets, the costumes and the stunning cinematography. There is recurring imagery throughout the movie. Spirals (the leads almost kiss in a pipe like structure, meet again in a pipe like structure etc), trains (although a little bit overdone), bridges (a little bit obvious), what matters is, that there is a visual story going on, and this might take Pankaj Kapoor years to master, but at least he’s made an attempt. Similarly the costumes, very scene appropriate, there are salwar kurtas, dupattas, braids, and tons of sweaters in the scenes of Punjab.
Some scenes, some plots were dispensable,
who wants to see Shahid Kapoors over built body? Not I.
And the Rajjo angle, add to that the Macho (Maharaj Jaikishen Chacha) angle, add to that Akhtar angle, add to the fat boy in the friends, add to that the ….. I don’t know, so many things can be added here. In that way, it felt a bit scattered. Not a love story, not a social commentary, not a drama, not a comedy (ok, that was never in doubt!), not anything. Actually, Mausam reminded of Oscar winning sagas (if done well, before I get pelted by stones), with long winding narratives, spanning many years. In fact, I liked this movie much better than I liked Mani Ratnam’s Guru, also a saga. Like I said very early on in the review, where the heart is, matters. In Mausam, the heart is not in the head, not in the pocket, not in the arse, but exactly where it is supposed to be (and also not in Shahid Kapoors eyes! Or maybe it is. In a bad way).
Technical faults, mostly in writing (it could have been a super script), the scattered intent, etc, along with very faulty acting by the lead pair. It is a real shame with Sonam Kapoor. She is so beautiful in frames, and then she opens her mouth (mostly opinionated, blabbering, dumbly intense, if that is even possible) that it feels like a terrible waste. She is perfect therefore, for Filmfare commissioned Guru Dutt Waheeda Rahman poses, remake, photoshoot. Just not in a talkie movie of 2011. Or maybe that is a bit too harsh. The sound of the movie jarred. Somebody followed a pattern for the sound design and it could be called adequate but it didn’t help the movie.
Any which way, Mausam I liked for what it could have been. And that it wasn’t empty headed, inner angst focused like Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara, and that it had a bit of history, a background. A much better watch than either Bodygauard, Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara or Aarakshan.
Pankaj Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah are co-brothers through their wives Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak Kapoor
Both their movies showed at least an image of the 9/11 attack on the twin towers (Naseeruddin shah’s movie dealt more closely with it)
Ratna Pathak and Supriya Pathak are both daughters of Dina Pathak (most famously in the old Golmaal movie)
Supriya Pathak also acted in Raakh (opposite Amir Khan) and Bazaar opposite Farukh Sheikh (Famous song – “Dikhayi diye yoon”)