Mausam to release this Friday?

Pankaj Kapur’s directorial debut has been cleared by the Censor Board but questions about its September 16 release and Toronto premiere still unanswered.

bollywood Updated: Sep 14, 2011 14:18 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

Mausam was cleared for release late Tuesday night by the Censor Board even without a No Objection Certificate from the Indian Air Force over a 30-second action sequence. However, at the time of going to press, it was still uncertain if Pankaj Kapur’s directorial debut would make it to the theatres on Friday. The last-minute hitch from the IAF has thrown the schedule for a six and it was still undecided till late afternoon yesterday if the film would even premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 16 as planned.

The core team, including Pankaj and his actor-son Shahid, were closeted in a closed-door meeting that reportedly revolved around these pressing concerns and despite repeated calls and SMSes, there was no response from either.

The film chronicles a a decade-long journey of lovers Harvinder Singh and Aayat. Both Shahid and Sonam Kapoor sport four different looks corresponding with the different seasons of life.

Spring, Shahid admits, borrows heavily from his father’s early years in Punjab: “Dad was born and grew up in Ludhiana till he migrated to Delhi to study engineering. After topping in his college, he chose to join the National School of Drama (NDA) and become an actor. His memories of his teenage years are still fresh, and went into shaping the 17-year-old Harvinder who falls in love for the first time in his life goes wandering in the gallis (lanes) of his village mooning after his ladylove.”

His earliest memories of Sonam are of a podgy kid. They met again at the IIFA Awards and then, when he was shooting for Jab We Met (2007) and she for Saawariya (2007), Shahid dropped by on her sets to say Hi and she took him around. After that, they got an offer for a movie that neither were keen on. “It’s a good thing that we didn’t take it up because the film didn’t do well,” he says.

“But when Mausam came along, I knew she was perfect and called her. Dad called Anilji (Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor) who was very keen she does the film and she jumped on board. It took a few days for her to find her own space, but once she was in character and comfortable with me, she was my friend for life.”

First Published: Sep 13, 2011 19:13 IST