Last updated on 11 May 2014 at 20:00.
) is an
film directed and written by
under the Vistaar
Film Fund banner.
The film stars
in the lead roles.
The film was originally scheduled to release on 16 September 2011, but due to the delay in obtaining the
from the IAF, it was pushed back further by a week, releasing on 23 September 2011.
The main story of the film spans over a period 10 years, from 1992 to 2002 and includes references to
Demolition of Babri Masjid
1993 Bombay bombings
Mausam is the story of two lovers, Harinder Singh, known as Harry (
) and Aayat (
). Harry is a Punjabi happy-go-lucky, whereas Aayat is a Kashmiri girl. In 1992, the two meet and fall in love at Mallukot, Punjab, where Harry[replacesinglequotehere]s family is from. But before they get to spend some time together, Aayat leaves for
with her uncle and aunt; and Harry joins the
Indian Air Force
. In 1999, Harry, now a
meets Aayat in
, where they get closer once again. However, before their marriage, the
happens in Kashmir, and Harry is called back to India to fight in the war, fate separating them once more. After this separation, they begin to long for each other. Harry paralyses his left arm during a special mission in the
. They both want to speak to each other but fate always brings them closer and then separates them again. At the end, in
, they finally find each other and decide to settle down with an orphan child rescued by Harry from the riot, with a child of their own on the way.
In early August 2010, Nawman Malik claimed that the title
is registered under his name and filed a complaint with the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers. He was also claiming that the story of
is his. Now, Mallik has moved the Mumbai High Court asking for an injunction against producer Sheetal Talwar and director
for using the title. He has demanded a compensation of Rs10 million for the title and has submitted a digital film called
, which he claims he made.
The film was shot primarily in
while the Air Force scenes were shot at the
Air Force Base.
The shooting took two years to complete, part of the delay caused by Sonam Kapoor[replacesinglequotehere]s illness during the shoot.
In September, the film was denied submission for censorship because the Air Force had objected to a 30 second long aerial action sequence with
who plays an Air Force pilot in
. Special permission had been sought and granted to shoot in a real airbase. The Air Force were objecting to a dramatic action fight sequence with Shahid on board a Mirage fighter plane.
producer Sheetal Talwar announced: "We had the script cleared by the Air Force on August 23, 2010. Now suddenly they[replacesinglequotehere]re objecting to a sequence after it[replacesinglequotehere]s been shot, edited and the film was ready for censoring?"
The film received positive reviews from critics, Shahid Kapoor[replacesinglequotehere]s performance was also very praised.
Zee News bureau gave it 4 stars saying "‘Mausam’ can be best described as a wonderful blend of offbeat and mainstream cinema which is full of charm, elegance and vivacity."
Bollycurry gave the film 4 stars out of 5 praising Pankaj Kapur[replacesinglequotehere]s direction and saying "In his directorial debut, he tells an old-fashioned story of love, separation and reunion with flourishes and flashes of great cinema igniting what would in lesser hands, appear to be a trite tale of love gone frightfully cliched."
Nikhat Kazmi of
Times Of India
rated it three out of five saying "The film tries to strike a balance between art and mainstream cinema and succeeds partially."
Saibal Chatterjee of
gave it 3 stars out of 5.
Taran Adarsh of
gave the film 4 stars out of 5, saying that,"On the whole, Mausam is a slow movie!" but praises the Shahid Kapoor[replacesinglequotehere]s performance saying "Shahid gives his all to this role, submitting himself to his director-father to mould him the way he chooses to. It won[replacesinglequotehere]t be erroneous to state that Shahid surpasses all his previous performances, including the one in Kaminey, with this film. The film also marks the coming of age of this actor."
of CNN-IBN, was also not kind to Mausam. He rated it 2 out of 5, saying, "Director Pankaj Kapur infuses his story and his characters with a delicate, old-fashioned charm that is pleasing and quaint at first, but gets progressively exhausting when logic goes out of the window"
The film opened good at the box office but collecions fell on after a week at release of force and the film grossed Rs.415 million in India.
(US$7.4 million) net in its first week and ended its lifetime collections with
(US$12 million) net.
The music of the film is composed by
while the lyrics are penned by
. There are two other songs which was seen itself in the movie but it was not released. One of them is sung by
and is a romantic track by
"Zara Si Mehdi"; the other is sung by
, a romantic track "Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar", adapted from an old Hindi film.
Joginder Tuteja from
gave it 4 out of 5 stars and said: "Mausam is a fantastic album and has all the ingredients that make for a popular soundtrack. While [replacesinglequotehere]Sajh Dhaj Ke[replacesinglequotehere] and [replacesinglequotehere]Mallo Malli[replacesinglequotehere] are the pick of the lot when it comes to instant chartbusters in the making, [replacesinglequotehere]Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye[replacesinglequotehere] and [replacesinglequotehere]Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi[replacesinglequotehere] are good enough to enjoy a rather extended shelf life. Just pick this one up!"