Genre: Romance / Drama
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur / Katrina Kaif / Tabu / Ajay Devgun / Rahul Bhat / Akshay Oberoi / Talat Aziz / Lara Dutta / Mohammed Abrar / Tunisha Sharma
Written by: Abhishek Kapoor / Supratik Sen
PS: The best about writing the movie review for Fitoor is that I do not need to talk the story-almost everyone knows it!
“The spasm of pain that wrenches the noble heart.
Even if it is never shown or shared, the pain, a lot, inspires the work of art!”
I shared this on Facebook once and so true it holds for Fitoor! One of the reasons I loved watching Fitoor is the splendiferous artwork shown in the movie; the sketches of the beautiful young Firdaus riding a horse, the tiara that Noor makes for her birthday gift, portraits of love that Noor paints, and at the end, the horse sculpture; each art piece is magnificent, bleeding pain out.
Another is defiant performances by Tabu and Aditya—both the actors put their souls into making the characters come out real—though Tabu seems to carry forward her portrayal of volatile Ghazala Meer of Haider while Aditya seems stereotyped of playing almost similar roles in Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani earlier.
Yet another reason is the overwhelming beauty of Kashmir been captured in film frames effortlessly, spectacularly. To add a bit more, glamour added by savvy Lara and waxed Katrina makes the movie an eye-candy. Both the ladies sizzle the floor in a couple of blazing dress gowns (for all these I give movie 3 out of 5!).
Anyway, apart all these reasons, the movie is a too-too, excessively fake despite being exquisitely beautiful.
I understand nothing can be perfect, but you expect more when you are grown up reading Charles Dickens, when you are told that the movie is an adaption of the masterpiece. You long wait for it to get released but when you watch it, you feel deceived. The brilliant screenplay from Great Expectations is messed up in Fitoor; the political Indo-Pak knotty affair blended with an intense, romantic Noor-Firdaus affair makes not much sense. Charles Dickens would have never imagined that one fine day his masterpiece of writing would be crumbled by Bollywood; by an intelligent director who has already delivered movies with strong contextual themes otherwise.
Or, is it that interpreting the penultimate novel in only two hours could be dipsy-doodle? I reckon Abhishek Kapoor could add a few more minutes to the movie length or could treat his characters (especially Katrina Kaif and Ajay Devgun) more meticulously. I, although appreciate the care he put in portraying the empathetic relationship between Junaid and Noor [I always admired the relationship between Joe and Pip in the novel] and in portraying the psychosomatic, aristocratic Begum Hazrat’s (Lady Havisham from the novel) venal interest in encouraging Noor’s lure for Firdaus or objectifying her adopted daughter.
The worst of the movie is uncommitted performance from Katrina and cliché dialogues which are balanced by spellbinding beauty of the valley and delightful music by Amit Trivedi and Komail Shayan (I give 0.5 for this). I missed the visual treat of the song ‘pashmina dago ke sang’ in the movie.
All in all, you could book your seats for Fitoor for its aesthetic appeal, but don’t keep any Great Expectations!
PS: I loved the young Noor (Mohammed Abrar) for his inimitable Kashmiri accent.