Starring: Shahid Kapur, Sonam Kapoor
Directed by Pankaj Kapur
Mausam kicks off rather sweetly in Mallukot, Punjab. The vignettes of rural life, the rough-hewn characters and their rooted humour are heart-warming, but half an hour later, as the film shifts location to Scotland, it begins to collapse rather drastically. The story of star-crossed lovers meeting and separating, time and again, is meant to unfold like some epic romance but collapses under the weight of its own high ambition. As a backdrop to the love story, Kapur crams in every searing incident from recent Indian history, from terrorism in Kashmir to Operation Bluestar, from the Babri Masjid demolition to Kargil, from the Mumbai bomb blasts to the Gujarat riots, but it adds hardly any depth or profundity to the film. Besides, Kapur’s idea of...