Mausam (2011 film)

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Mausam first look.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Pankaj Kapoor
Produced by Sheetal Vinod Talwar
Screenplay by Pankaj Kapoor
Starring Shahid Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor
Shayan Munshi
Music by Pritam
Cinematography Binod Pradhan
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Eros International Media Ltd.
Release dates
  • 23 September 2011 (2011-09-23)
Running time 168 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi/Assamese

Mausam (Hindi: मौसम; Season) is an Indian romance film directed and written by Pankaj Kapoor under the Vistaar Religare Film Fund banner.[1] The film stars Shahid Kapoor, opposite Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles.

The film was originally scheduled to release on 16 September 2011, but due to the delay in obtaining the NOC from the IAF, it was pushed back further by a week. It finally released on 23 September 2011. It was a flop at the box office.


Mausam is the story of two lovers, Harinder Singh, known as Harry (Shahid Kapoor) and Aayat (Sonam Kapoor). 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's family is from. But before they get to spend some time together, Aayat leaves for Mumbai with her uncle and aunt; and Harry joins the Indian Air Force. In 1999, Harry, now a Squadron Leader meets Aayat in Scotland, where they get closer once again. However, before their marriage, the Kargil occupation 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 Tiger Hill. They both want to speak to each other but fate always brings them closer and then separates them again. At the end, in Ahmedabad during post-Godhra riots, 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.


  • Shahid Kapoor as Sq. Leader Harinder Singh (Harry)
  • Sonam Kapoor as Ayaat Rasool
  • Anupam Kher as Maharaj Krishnan
  • Supriya Pathak as Fatima
  • Kamal Chopra as Ghulam Rasool, Ayaat's father
  • Maya Mankotia as Pamela Singh (Pammo), Harry's sister
  • Kamal Tiwari as Prof. Sadprakash Singh (Bauji), Harry's father
  • Herry Tangri as Katar Mahindar Pral Singh (MP), Pammo's fiancé/husband
  • Aditi Sharma as Rajjo
  • Surjit Singh Dhami as Darji
  • Arvinder Singh Bhatti as Dr. Balvinder Singh
  • Manoj Pahwa as Gulzari
  • Raj Chihabriya as Hasan
  • Jass Bhatioa as Kartar
  • Maninder Velli as Deepa
  • Amandeep Singh as Jeeta
  • Vaibhav Talwar as Javed Rasool
  • Lorna Anderson as Maria
  • Ankit Mohan as Flt Lt Ashfaq Hussain

Depiction of world events[edit]

The main story of the film spans over a period 10 years, from 1992 to 2002 and takes the viewers on a journey of the events during that period. Thus the film has references to or depiction of several tragic events of the 90's and 2000's including Demolition of Babri Masjid, Bombay Riots, 1993 Bombay bombings, Kargil War, 9/11 attacks and Post-Godhra Riots.


The film was shot primarily in Edinburgh & India while the Air Force scenes were shot at the Gwalior Air Force Base.[2] The shooting took two years to complete, part of the delay caused by Sonam Kapoor's illness during the shoot.[3]


Mausam released across 2,000 plus screens worldwide with a combination of prints and digital screens.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics, Shahid Kapoor's performance was also very praised.[5] 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."[6] Bollycurry gave the film 4 stars out of 5 praising Pankaj Kapur'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."[7] 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."[8] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it 3 stars out of 5.[9] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 stars out of 5, saying that,"On the whole, Mausam is a slow movie!" but praises the Shahid Kapoor'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'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."[10]Rajeev Masand 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"[11]

Box office[edit]

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.[12] It collected INR44 crore (US$7.3 million) net in its first week and ended its lifetime collections with INR74 crore (US$12 million) net.[13]


Studio album by Pritam
15 August 2011 (India)
Recorded 2010-2011
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 1:02:38
Producer Pritam
Pritam chronology
Always Kabhi Kabhi
Tell Me O Kkhuda

The music of the film is composed by Pritam while the lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil. There are two other songs which was seen itself in the movie but it was not released. One of them is sung by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal and is a romantic track by Pritam "Zara Si Mehdi"; the other is sung by Shreya Ghoshal, a romantic track "Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar", adapted from an old Hindi film.

Track listing[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Aag Lage Uss Aag Ko"   Karsan Sargathia 3:13
2. "Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi"   Hans Raj Hans 7:13
3. "Mallo Malli"   Tochi Raina 3:42
4. "Mallo Malli – 1"   Lehmber Hussainpuri, Hard Kaur 3:43
5. "Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hai"   Rashid Khan 3:48
6. "Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye"   Shahid Mallya 4:13
7. "Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye – 1"   Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 4:43
8. "Sajh Dhaj Ke"   Mika Singh, Pankaj Kapoor 4:54
9. "Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi" (Mehfil Mix) Wadali Brothers 5:53
10. "Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi" (Reprise) Shahid Mallya 6:21
11. "Mallo Malli" (Remix) Tochi Raina 4:49
12. "Sajh Dhaj Ke" (Club Mix Tiger Style) Mika Singh, Pankaj Kapoor 4:56
13. "Sajh Dhaj Ke" (Desi Mix Tiger Style) Mika Singh, Pankaj Kapoor 4:55
Total length:


The album received all over positive reviews from critics. Joginder Tuteja from Bollywood Hungama 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 'Sajh Dhaj Ke' and 'Mallo Malli' are the pick of the lot when it comes to instant chartbusters in the making, 'Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye' and 'Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi' are good enough to enjoy a rather extended shelf life. Just pick this one up!"[14] Planet Bollywood stated: "The soundtrack of Mausam came with humungous expectations and ends up fulfilling the expectations of not just music connoisseurs, but also the lovers of pumped up and universally appealing music. (...) Overall the album is strongly recommended for adding to your music collection as soon as possible!"[15] Rumnique Nannar of Bollyspice gave it 4 out of 5 stars, stating: The soundtrack to Mausam is one of the best Pritam soundtracks in a long while and hits back at all his detractors by showing what he is capable of. The soundtrack mixes both music the masses will love and music connoisseurs too; in short, it is a glorious return for Pritam! There is no real sore track in this album as the situational tracks are equally created with care, there is something for everyone to love on this album. An absolute must listen."[16]


The film was in legal trouble in early August 2010, when Pankaj's old friend and former colleague Nawman Malik claimed that the title Mausam 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 Mausam is his. Now, Mallik has moved the Mumbai High Court asking for an injunction against producer Sheetal Talwar and director Pankaj Kapur for using the title. He has demanded a compensation of Rs10 million for the title and has even submitted a digital film called Mausam, which he claims he made.[17]

In September, the film was also denied submission for censorship because the Air Force had objected to a 30 second long aerial action sequence with Shahid Kapoor who plays an Air Force pilot in Mausam. 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. Mausam producer Sheetal Talwar announced: "We had the script cleared by the Air Force on August 23, 2010. Now suddenly they're objecting to a sequence after it's been shot, edited and the film was ready for censoring?"[18]


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  2. ^ "IMDB page". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "10 Facts about Mausam that you didn't know". Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Official press release pdf tagline goes "Eros International announces opening weekend collection of Rs.410 million gross for Pankaj Kapoor's Mausam"
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  8. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (22 September 2011). "Mausam – The Times of India". The Times of India. 
  9. ^ Saibal Chatterjeee (23 September 2011). "Mausam Review". 
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  11. ^ Rajeev Masand (23 September 2011). "Mausam Review". CNN-IBN. 
  12. ^ Official press release pdf tagline goes "Eros International announces opening weekend collection of Rs.190 million gross for Pankaj Kapoor's Mausam"
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  14. ^ "Mausam: Music Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  15. ^ Ojha, Ankit. "Music Review of Mausam". Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  16. ^ "Music of Mausam". Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  17. ^ "Pankaj Kapur's Mausam in legal trouble". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  18. ^ "Mausam denied clearance by Air Force". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2010-09-13.

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