Release date29 December 1975 (1975-12-29) Based onThe Judas Tree
by A.J. Cronin Music directorMadan Mohan, Salil Chowdhury SongsDil Dhoondta Hai (Sad) Similar moviesRelated Gulzar movies
Mausam (Hindi: मौसम; English: Season) is a 1975 Indian film starring Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore, and directed by Gulzar. It is loosely based on the novel, The Judas Tree, by A.J. Cronin. Sharmila Tagore for her acting received The Silver Lotus Award at the 23rd National Film Festival and the movie was honoured by presenting an award for 2nd Best Feature Film. The movie received two of eight nominations at the 24th Filmfare Awards.
The film was remade in Tamil as Vasandhathil or Naal with Sivaji Ganesan.
Mausam is a dramatic love story of Dr. Amarnath Gill, who falls for Chanda, the daughter of a local healer, Harihar Thapa, when visiting Darjeeling for his medical exams. Amarnath is called back and promises Chanda to return, though he never keeps his promise. Twenty-five years later, he returns as a wealthy man and searches for Chanda and her father. He learns that Harihar has died and that Chanda was married to a crippled old man. She gave birth to a daughter, became insane and died. Finding Chanda's daughter, Kajli, he sees that she closely resembles her mother and later discovers that after having been molested by her mother's brother-in-law, she ended up at a brothel. Amarnath had no choice but to buy her from the brothel and he takes Kajli home and tries to change her into well refined woman to make up for what he did to Chanda. Unaware that Amarnath is indirectly responsible for her mother's death, Kajli begins to fall in love for him.
Sharmila Tagore as Chanda Thapa/Kajli
Sanjeev Kumar as Dr. Amarnath Gill
Dina Pathak as Gangu Rani (Brothel madame)
Om Shivpuri as Harihar Thapa
The film written simultaneously along with Aandhi (1975), together by Kamleshwar, Bhushan Banmali and Gulzar, and even shot together, with Sanjeev Kumar playing the lead of an old man in the films. Though Aandhi was released first, it ran into political controversy and portions of it has to be reshot, meanwhile Mausam was completed and released. While the song, "Meri ishq ke lakhon jhatke" was being shot with Sharmila Tagore, choreographer Saroj Khan was also in the studios for another film, that is when Gulzar requested her to teach a few moves to Tagore.
The background score for the movie was composed by Salil Chowdhury and the songs were composed by Madan Mohan. The movie credits dedicate this movie to Late Madan Mohan after his demise on 14 July 1975. The songs of the movie were penned by Gulzar. Mausam is one of those two movies directed by Gulzar the songs of which were composed by Madan Mohan. The other one is Koshish.
The song Dil Dhoondta Hai, by Bhupinder Singh and Lata Mangeshkar, featured at 12th position on the Annual list of the year-end chart toppers of Binaca Geetmala for 1976.
National Award Best Actress - Sharmila Tagore
National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film- Mausam
Filmfare Best Movie - Mausam
Filmfare Best Director - Gulzar
Filmfare Best Actor - Sanjeev Kumar (Won by Sanjeev Kumar for Aandhi)
Filmfare Best Actress - Sharmila Tagore (Won by Raakhee for Tapasya)
Filmfare Best Supporting Actress - Dina Pathak (Won by Kajri for Balika Badhu)
Filmfare Best Story - Kamleshwar (Won by Balachand Mukherjee for Arjun Pandit)
Filmfare Best Music - Madan Mohan (Won by Khayaam for Kabhi Kabhie)
Filmfare Best Lyricist - Gulzar for Dil Dhoondta Hai (Won by Sahir Ludhiyanvi for Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Main from the movie Kabhi Kabhie)