Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Fitoor is an Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Abhishek Kapoor, produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, and written by Kapoor and Supratik Sen based on Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations. The film features Tabu,Aditya Roy Kapur,Mohammed Abrar and Katrina Kaif in leading roles.Filming began in Kashmir in November 2014. The film was released on 12 February 2016. The film grossed Rs 3.61 crore on its opening day, according to film analyst Taran Adarsh.

Noor (Mohammed Abrar) a thirteen year old Kashmiri boy who belongs to poor upbringings meets and is deeply infatuated with Firdaus who belongs to a rich elite family in Kashmir. Her mother who is referred to Begum (Tabu) was left heart broken in her younger age (Aditi Rao Hydari) and is against the love especially with the social divide. She splits the teenagers and insults Noor about his social status. Few years later Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) who had moved to Delhi and becomes a renowned artist comes back to town with his newly acclaimed fame and money. Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) is engaged but still has romantic flings with Noor. After initial friction with Noor Begum slowly starts realizing her mistake, but is still adamant to get Firdaus married to her fiance, Bilal (Rahul Bhat). Noor's love for Firdaus bears all the hardships of time and emotions and succeeds at the end.

Aditya Roy Kapur as Noor (Pip)
Mohammed Abrar as young Noor (Pip)
Katrina Kaif as Firdaus (Estella)
Tunisha Sharma as young Firdaus
Tabu as elder Begum Hazrat (Miss Havisham)
Aditi Rao Hydari as young Begum Hazrat
Rahul Bhat as Bilal
Akshay Oberoi as Mufti
Talat Aziz as Salman
Sameer Roy as young Salman
Delbar Arya as Shaukat
Lara Dutta as Leena Becker
Kunaal Khyaan as Aarif
Jason Shah as Aarif's friend
Rayees Mohi-ud-din as Junaid
Khalida Jaan as Rukhsar
Ajaz Rah as Kaleem
Dilnaz Irani as Samira Peerbhoy
Namit as Jagirdar
Kavita Seth as Hazrat's mother
Suchitra Pillai as reporter
Rochelle Rao as auctioneer
Nandini Srikar as singer in "Hone Do Batiyan"
Zeb Bangash as singer in "Hone Do Batiyan"
Govind Namdev
Andy Von Eich
Ajay Devgan (special appearance)

REVIEW: So, Fitoor, based on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, meets some expectations - but not all. In a Kashmir of moonlit snows, mist-filled houses and golden leaves, Noor (Aditya) falls in love with Firdaus (Katrina), daughter of eccentric Begum Hazrat (Tabu), who lives, covered in diamonds, in a castle of chandeliers and chintz.

Firdaus leaves to study. Noor wins an art scholarship in Delhi - where he meets Firdaus again and time stands still. Firdaus finally warms to Noor. But what happens when Firdaus decides to marry Pakistani politician Bilal instead? Why does Begum push Firdaus, despite knowing Noor's love? And who is Noor's secret patron, making his art a hit?

Fitoor's acting pleases in parts. Tabu shines through moments of malevolent manipulation, snarling 'Kaisa kamzarf waqt aa gaya hai', as she glares balefully at Noor, then smiles sweetly at him. Aditya occasionally conveys a bewildered lover lost in a whimsical world while Katrina looks gorgeous but mostly stays placid. Ajay Devgn has a cameo as a growling jihadi, all bark but no bite, while Rahul Bhat, the most consistent here, impresses as heavy-lidded Bilal.

The film also looks gorgeous - but opulence takes over substance, chinars, minars and lace dominating grip, passion and pace. For a love story, Fitoor lacks heat - you wish there was less hair-styling and more hair-pulling, more rupture and less cheesecake-like smoothness.

This is problematic because Dickens' Great Expectations rises and falls, exploring terrible, tantalising class, social climbing, sharp snobberies, 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, its art stuck in a banal Mediterranean restaurant-like world, never conveying the lonely powers of love.

You get style - including six-pack Noor painting shirtless (explains why artists score more - can you imagine writers taking their tops off to work?) - but little depth. To play with a great quote, oh what a tangled web we weave, when we learn to retrieve - in this case, retrieving a classic indeed caused a tangle, albeit one of Pashmina dhaagas.

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