Sometime dreams come true.
As a reader of the blog, you are probably familiar with my love (bordering on obsession) for Shahid Kapoor. Not just the blog readers, but I think a good portion of Dubai and the remaining world know how much I adore him. And recently, my dream of meeting Shahid finally came true.
Thanks to the folks at Market Buzz, I was invited to attend the Mausam press conference at the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa on September 3rd. (Yes, it took me 2 weeks to get over the euphoria of meeting Shahid to finally put together coherent words for a blog post. Apologies!)
For those of you coming in late, Mausam is Shahid’s latest movie directed by his father Pankaj Kapur and produced by Sunil Lulla of Eros Entertainment. The synopsis is below:
Four phases of their lives.
Four true historical events.
Mausam (Seasons of Love) is a story of timeless love in the face of political hostilities and religious conflict, between a proud Punjabi Air Force Officer, Harry (Shahid Kapoor) and an innocent Kashmiri refugee, Aayat (Sonam Kapoor).
Set against a landscape that transcends a decade and spans continents, Mausam is a classic journey that transports one into a world of indestructible bonds of love enveloped by the roulette of destiny.
In its First Season, the film begins with mere adolescent attraction between Harry and Aayat, in a small village of Punjab. In Season Two it develops into young love; Their love realizes its own depth in the hours of separation through Season Three. In the Fourth and Final Season their love culminates into togetherness, but not before sacrificing a lot personally and learning the truth behind universal love. It is a passionate love story, with various shades of life as its background, questioning us and yet not becoming indulgent.
Armed with an old copy of Shahid covering a Filmfare magazine, a video camera, a digital camera, two cell phones, and a copy of Jab We Met, I sat down in the front row of the press con for Shahid to arrive. And just a few minutes after the scheduled time, Mr. Kapoor walked in.
Clad in his signature blue jeans, white button down, and black blazer, the first thing you are overtaken by is his gorgeous and infectious smile that managed to brighten up that room. I don’t think there was a single woman in the room that didn’t melt at that smile. You then realize that even though he’s a bonafide star with megahits such as Vivaah, Jab We Met, and Kaminey behind him, he has no stary airs. During the viewing of Mausam‘s promos, he refused to take someone’s seat and cutely remarked that he “gets nervous watching his own promos”.
Considering this is his father’s directorial debut, Shahid took considerable time speaking about his experience with his dad. His tone and words reflected the pride and admiration he has for his dad. It was also very clear that Mausam isn’t just another film but “the most important film of my [Shahid’s] career.”
Battling nerves and a croaky voice, I managed to ask Shahid about the music of his film, which has become a commercial and critical success thanks to Pritam’s beautiful songs, including the bhangra number “Saj Dhaj Ke”, playful “Rabba” and romantic “Ik Tu”. He responded with saying that “Pritam has always created magical tracks for me” and “the picturization will elevate the music to another level.”
Mausam was scheduled for a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and worldwide release on September 16th. However due to an objection by the Indian Air Force, the film’s release was delayed by a week and now opens in Dubai on September 22nd and worldwide on September 23rd. Book your tickets now as I’m sure this will be a good one!
And what can I say about Shasha. He might be a little shorter than I expected, but my heart still melts at every mention of him. Inshallah, in the not so distant future, there will be a proper one-on-one interview with him for Dollz in Dubai. But until then, my heart is content with him having flashed that gorgeous smile at me.
P.S. I have 2 copies of the phenomenal Mausam soundtrack to giveaway. If you live in the UAE and would like a copy, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.