marks the debut of Pankaj Kapoor (one of the most awesome actors that Bollywood has seen in present times) as a director, and since the film stars his own son, teenage sensation and a star in his own right, Shahid Kapoor
, we have high expectations from the music of the film. Shahid himself has been associated with countless memorable and super hit compositions, and with melody king Pritam at the helm of affairs, along with his trusted aide, Irshad Kamil, who together spelled magic with JAB WE MET and delivered a couple of chartbusters in BADMAASH COMPANY, things only get more exciting. And now let's check out if Pritam & Co. can indeed repeat the magic of JAB WE MET once again!
For all those who thought that the melodious side of Pritam was last heard in Imtaiz Ali's LOVE AAJ KAL, and it was just a one-off thing, they are indeed going to be proved wrong with the first track of MAUSAM, "Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye"
. Sung in the most heartwarming manner by Shahid Mallya, a relatively new but highly promising singer, this song is right up there with the best of the lot and can even challenge Pritam's very own, "Aaj Din Chadhaya"
(LAK), the musical arrangements of which seem to have inspired this number as well. Soft, charming, lilting melody with lots of emphasis on harmonica and percussions this number has the capacity to captivate the listener and usher in the old world charm last heard way back in VEER ZAARA or even further back in GADAR-EK PREM KATHA, and one must keep in mind that both these films were traditional period love stories. Simple Punjabi and Urdu lyrics add to the rustic local flavour and are well penned by Irshad Kamil. A sure shot super hit number that will enjoy a long shelf life.
There is double delight in store for those who might feel that a seasoned singer like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan would have done more justice to this type of track as Pritam throws the mike to the prince of ?sufi' romantic numbers , who is excellent as always and makes this number truly special with his characteristic rendition!
Rustic Punjabi flavour intact, the fun continues with "Sajh Dhaj Ke"
, and Mika the man behind many crazy, naughty numbers, especially with a Punjabi touch is certainly in his elements as he renders this celebration mode number in his much loved style. The song is in the same corridor as Dilip Kumar's legendary number "Sala Main To Sahab Ban Gaya"
(SAGINA) or more recently from Pritam's own, "Bhootni Ke"
(SINGH IS KINNG)". Although the tempo which began with the absolutely rocking ?mukhda'
does take a beating in the all too familiar and heard before Punjabi ?bhangra', ?antra'
but nonetheless the song is highly entertaining and will be loved and appreciated by all. The lyrics, which are a mix and match of English, Punjabi, Urdu and colloquial Hindi, are absolutely top class as they bring out the situation perfectly and add as a narrative rather than a stopover.
The song is featured twice as remixes. The first "Club Mix" and second, "Desi Mix", both by DJ Tiger Style. Must add that both are space fillers but since the song is so very entertaining the idea behind the remixes works as the songs are just right to be enjoyed dancing to in clubs, discos and parties.
The heart rendering sonorous ?alaap'
by Ustad Sultan Khan followed by a couplet- "Tera shaher jo peeche chhoot raha kuch ander ander toot gaya, Hairan hain mere do naina yeh jharna kahan se phoot raha"
- is just the right precursor for a sad song that dwells on a situation like heart break and separation, a ?birha'
composition, and "Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi"
has the highly talented Hans Raj Hans behind the mike. However as we get into the main ?mukhda'
it has such a striking resemblance to the first line of A. R. Rahman's iconic patriotic number, "Ma Tujhe Salaam"
that one instantly asks why, but thankfully the similarity ends there and Pritam's gets into his own after that and on the whole it is a very good number, though a tad morose and even slow in parts and will appeal to a select audience.
Overnight, Aayat has to move home and Harry is devastated. They meet again seven years later in Scotland. Harry is on training, on an exchange programme through the Indian Air Force. They still love each other and it blossoms from here on. There are obstacles galore thrown in their path and the lovers are separated again. Will they ever meet?
Director Kapoor begins brilliantly. He captures the characters within the first reel that will establish and unravel the plot later on. The village scenes in Punjab are earthy. The styling and screenplay is perfect. So are the mood, lighting, camera angles and background score.
The whole feel of the canvass is exciting. But when the plot goes into a subplot is when you begin to dread the obvious. The movie drags and this is sad because it had the potential to be a blockbuster.
Shahid Kapoor being directed by his father is having the time of his life. As the young, care-free Harry who also basks in Rajjo?s obvious interest in him, he is brilliant. The scenes where he tries to woo Aayat too stand out. As an officer in the Indian Air Force he plays his part well. As one who has lost his love he is forceful.
Sonam unfortunately is getting stuck in a rut. She needs a role that will break the shackles of ?the shy girl falling in love? over and over again. She has talent but this role does no justice to her. In fact, it is Aditi Sharma (Rajjo), who your heart reaches out to as the girl still in love with Harry even after being married. She transfers her emotions onto the viewer beautifully.
Like an overcooked dish, MAUSAM
, towards the end leaves a soggy taste in your mouth. Sad. Because as a director, Pankaj Kapoor has shown his class. It?s just that he was playing with too many ideas in one go. Give him time and he will be one of our best.Rating - 2/5