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Shahid-Sonam's Mausam hit by turbulence

Incessant rain plays spoiltsport for film’s dubbing and promotional schedules but director Pankaj Kapur stays cheerful despite difficulties.

bollywood Updated: Aug 31, 2011 17:50 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

Reel life sometimes has a strange way of making its way into real life. And that’s exactly what seems to be happening to the makers of Mausam. Thanks to rainy weather in the city, they’ve been facing setbacks for the last few days.

The incessant downpour has not only put the trains and traffic off gear, but has also upset the schedules of the film’s lead actors, Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. Actually, the two were supposed to do promotional interviews on Saturday at a studio in Andheri. But when they reached the venue, they were surprised to see knee-deep waterlogging.

At the last minute, somehow the venue was shifted to a nearby location and they completed their interviews. Then, they were supposed to go for dubbing on Saturday and Monday, but the area around the studio was waterlogged. Both Sonam and Shahid had to literally wade through the water to reach the studio for their dubbing.

When contacted, director Pankaj Kapur laughs: “Mausam has been playing hide-and-seek with us from day one of shooting. From the start, we didn’t get the kind of weather we wanted. In fact, it always went into extreme climate zones. And we were told that this was happening for the first time in several years.”

During the first schedule, the cast and crew went to Punjab, where they wanted to capture early winter and some mist. But when they landed there, they faced the coldest winter in the region in the last 15 years, so much so that they were shooting in minus six degrees with warm clothes.

Later, the crew went to Scotland and although it was supposed to be springtime, they were welcomed by heavy downpours. At that time, Shahid had, in fact, tweeted: “Day 1 .... Raining .... Waiting ....”

“I guess when Mausam (weather) is fine, I get more worried,” smiles Kapoor Sr. “All of Mumbai witnessed beautiful weather for the last few days. And despite all the inconvenience caused by the weather, it is the most romantic ‘mausam’ (season) that we have.”

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First Published: Aug 31, 2011 13:39 IST