Let’s start with a confession – We like both Pankaj Kapur and his son Shahid Kapur.
In a Bollywood littered with jackasses like the Khans and Bachchans, these two stand out.
So, it’s with great distress we pore over the poor reviews for Pankaj Kapur’s directorial debut Mausam featuring his son and Sonam Kapoor.
Here are excerpts from some reviews of Mausam:
If director Pankaj Kapur hadn’t gone to pains to establish that “Mausam” plays out between the mid-90s and the early years of this century, you’d be forgiven for thinking this film takes place in the 20s — when there was no internet, no phones and no technology. Why else would two, reasonably well-off, intelligent people who obviously have access to technology be unable to trace each other? It makes no sense, and instead of feeling sad for them, you feel frustrated.
That, in a nutshell, is how you feel about “Mausam” anyway. The promos describe the film as an “epic” love story, but the only thing epic here is the running time. The film runs for almost three hours, during which Kapur plays out the same meet-separate-meet-separate theme till you tire of it.
It is when the film changes gear from romcom to melodrama that both Kapur and his son struggle, going from light and likable to irritating and implausible. The couple that initially wins us over gradually emerges harebrained and inexplicably passive. We never root for either girl or boy, because they coyly retreat just when they shouldn’t. The passion the film began quickly turns lukewarm, because as Mausam and Shahid begin to take themselves seriously, we stop having fun. And, more importantly, giving a damn.
This is a love story gone awry purely because of undercommunication, and while that seems fine enough on paper, it’s rather hard to swallow two lovers cleaved for well over a decade simply because they don’t have each other’s forwarding address.
Every scene is beautifully shot, the romance is meant to grow on you with its artful glances and coy exchanges. But instead of a slow burn, it’s just plain exhaustion. In the age of instant email and easily transported cellphones, the lovers leave no forwarding addresses or contact numbers.
Unfortunately, MAUSAM suffers for the very reason that one may have assumed would be its biggest strength — writing. The screenplay, to put it bluntly, is unengaging and what makes it worse is the fact that it seems like a never-ending saga. The film just goes on and on and on, moving from one city/country to another, till the viewer gets jetlagged and exhausted by watching this saga unfold on screen. With a running time of close to 3 hours, MAUSAM has a few sequences that do stand out, but the weak script blows the efforts away….MAUSAM is a colossal disappointment!
Mausam Review – Pankaj Kapur Hates Shahid Kapur
I agree Shahid is a good actor and really hoped to se a better response.. Personally I prefer Ranbir kapoors movies over Shahids but no denying shahid is one of the few better actors there
Hows the boxoffice responding?
Too early to say but we don’t think Mausam will fly.
Looks like it might crashland soon.
wats ur opinion on this song from rockstar?
It’s safe to say that 30 years from now few will be listening to the above noise the way people still listen to old melodies from Aradhana, Hare Krishna Hare Ram, Guide or Kashmir Ki Kali.
a scene from a kannada movie called Super, idealistic look of india
No, we will not watch the above video because we watch only Darshan’s films. 😉
Since you’re a habitue to the SI blog, we’re making an exception & watching this YouTube excerpt from an Upendra film.
Ha ha ha.
And why are the Whites in the video speaking English like any Madegowda from Coondapur, Tumkur, Dodaballapur, Shimoga or Mandya?
we will dream as we can see india in this manner in dream only not in reality,atleast indians can see this in reel life but not in real life,do u find any major problems that india is facing and struggling to resolve, can be resolved in next coming decades???
India is a cursed land.
Not in our lifetime or yours will that benighted land be any different from the Incredible shithole that it is now.
After such a response from the reviewers here, do you plan to watch the movie SI?? 🙂
Or you gonna play safe?? 🙂
We’ll play safe….it’s been raining here for the last couple of hours.
But we’re spreading the good word via a banner on http://www.searchindia.com. Please see top of page for banner.
selvaraghavan’s new movie trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYPkiuPS_s4&feature=topvideos_entertainment
Watched it…didn’t get a rise. 😉