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    Default Review: Mausam fails to impress

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    Story: Mausam revolves around a Kashmiri girl, Aayat (Sonam Kapoor) and Punjabi boy Harry (Shahid Kapoor). It’s a love story, the first season of which begins as a mere adolescent attraction, in a small village of Punjab. Then, it develops into a youthful love between the duo in season two. Their love realises its own depth in the hours of separation through season three. And finally, in the fourth season, their love culminates into togetherness, after losing many precious things in life.

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    Although, the storyline of Mausam does not have many flaws, as it centres around two lovers taking it forward, however, the treatment is not flawless. The first half of the movie builds up expectations amongst the audience, but an overtly-dragged second half leaves audience disheartened. So much so, that Sonam-Shahid’s love story clubbed with the reasons cited for their separation become a bit difficult to digest.

    There are also few loose ends attached to the story, such as the fact that all throughout the film, the two lovers face a problem even in keeping in touch with each other, but surprisingly, they always manage to bump into each other during different situations and at different places. The terror trauma of 1993, Kargil war of 1999 and the 9/11 attacks in USA have been used to underline Shahid-Sonam's deep love. Alas, it fails to strike the right chord. Also, the much controversial IAF portions of the film, turn out to be smoke without fire. The director fails to grab attention during the Kargil war sequence, but the scenes woven around the Gujarat riots, definitely make you sit on the edge of your seat.

    Star Cast: Shahid Kapoor steals the show and creates an impression with his outstanding performance. The actor manages to portray Harry at different ages, without looking unnatural. Sonam Kapoor has definitely been blessed with the right director, who churns out the right amount of emotions out of her, without letting her go overboard. Shahid and Sonam, as a pair, seem strictly okay as Sonam's lost and unnatural look kills the effort. There's a pretence attached to the intensely romantic moments. Nevertheless, the actress displays some emotional moments in the second half with grace. Supriya Pathak, as usual delivers a top-notch performance, while Anupam Kher is wasted with his poor characterisation and the character's abrupt ending. Aditi Sharma, who plays Rajjo and seems obsessed with Shahid, plays her part well by doing justice to whatever she's offered.

    Direction: Pankaj Kapur's great acting calibre surely forms the spine of his directorial debut. The director tries to present a story based on the clichéd love and separation theme in a fresh format, making it visually more appealing. The unnecessary narration of each and every scene makes the plot fall flat, which could have been avoided, as the story in itself has nothing much to offer.

    Although Kapoor exhibits his talent of understanding the power-points of his cast and gets the best out of them, the slow paced love story takes off the entertaining quotient from his work.

    Dialogue/cinematography/music: Cinematography is good and makes Mausam a visual treat, capturing beautiful locations. Shahid and Sonam look their best, justifying every phase of their life. 'Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye' capsulises Shahid's attraction towards Sonam, which makes the number more catchy and heart-warming.

    Retro-tunes have been effectively used to give a musical feel to the story. 'Abhi Na Jao Chod Kar’ is indicative of Sonam's intensity towards her love and ‘Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’ truly represents Rajjo's obession towards her long lost love.

    The dialogues have been scripted with mediocrity, with most of them resembling everyday conversations between people and fail to impress. However, Shahid's dialogues woven around sunset, where he tries to explain love and its existence, overshadow the chocolate-boy image, which he usually carries.

    3 ups and downs: Shahid reigns throughout. After Jab We Met and Kaminey, Shahid has another movie which might give his critics a chance to appreciate him. In fact, Shahid fans can give up on the storyline to see him don the role of an officer in uniform, in a fashion similar to Tom Cruise in Top Gun. If only the director had dealt with the slow-paced narration of the movie, this flick could have been a more pleasant experience.

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