FITOOR, as the title indicates, is a love story starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif released on 12th February, 2016.
Read on to find out the plot and whether the movie was successful in catching audience attention or not:
Fitoor is an Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film based on Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations. As it is quite clear from the title itself, ‘Fitoor’ (obsession) is a love story. A poor but artistic Kashmiri boy Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) falls in love with a rich and haughty girl Firdaus (Katrina Kaif). Her mother (Tabu) who is a Begum, was left heart-broken at a younger age, and from that time on is against love. She splits the teenagers and insults Noor about his social status. A few years later, Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) who had moved to Delhi becomes a renowned artist and comes back to town with his newly acclaimed fame and money. Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) is engaged but still has romantic flaws with Noor. After that, Begum starts realizing her mistake but is still adamant to get Firdaus married to her fiancé Bilal (Rahul Bhat). Noor’s love for Firdaus bears all the hardships of time and emotions and succeeds in the end.
‘Inspiration’ Charles Dickens is just the first casualty. Fitoor spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi, not London, not artists, and not even Pakistan, which somehow finds its way into this tale essentially about love traversing social divides. Except for a few scenes, both Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur have come across as a rather superficial affair and a disappointing adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’. For once, there is over-dramatization of situations. As for the lead cast, Fitoor gets the best out of Tabu and Aditya Roy Kapur. As Firdaus, Katrina has done a good job of capturing exactly what her character has been raised to do: break hearts. Katrina deserves applause for the scenes which require her to be cold-hearted and steely. Since Fitoor is set in Kashmir, the state provides a beautiful canvas on which the story can be painted. Cinematographer Anay Goswami deserves credit for capturing Kashmir’s gorgeous exquisiteness in all its details like the white snow-covered mountains, red chinar leaves and the grey of winters. However, Fitoor falls short of fulfilling any other great expectations we had beyond showcasing the wonderful beauty of the Valley. The romantic scenes remain so till the time the focus is on Aditya but you lose interest the moment the camera shifts to Katrina. Not just because her character is least interested in Aditya, but because her dialogues sound fake and Katrina’s one- dimensional acting fails to bring across the passion even in the most intimate of scenes.
For a love story, Fitoor lacks heat. This is problematic because Dickens’ Great Expectations rises and falls, exploring terrible, tantalizing class, social climbing, love, hate and shame. Fitoor doesn’t dive beyond the surface though, its story’s shikara paddling along pretty Kashmir, but never tearing its way to its violent, wailing heart like Haider. Ajay Devgan plays Abel Magwitch and delivers an impressive performance in his short role in the film. Aditi Rao Hydari, who plays younger Begum Hazrat is beautiful and looks pretty much a younger Tabu. However, actors like Rahul Bhat, Lara Dutta and Govind Namdev are wasted in small roles and only add to the over-dramatic fest on display.
Whether a movie is like a rotten tomato or a brilliant work of art, if people are watching it, it’s worth critiquing. Melodrama and a superficial love story are some of the road blocks that hinder a beautiful cinematic journey Abhishek Kapoor wanted to take you on.
for DU Times