Fitoor Movie Review: Old Wine In New Bottle
During the 70s and 80s, Bollywood consistently churned out films wherein the poor hero fell in love with a rich heiress and was promptly told his aukaat by a parent of the heiress, leading to much tears and a struggle to be reunited with the lady of his dreams.
Abhishek Kapoor, who had last helmed Kai Po Che, takes Charles Dickens' classic novel 'Great Expectations' to come up with something similar, albeit in a glossy format.
Kashmiri orphan Noor Nizami (Aditya Roy Kapur) was smitten by heiress Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) the minute he clapped his eyes on her as a kid and decades later, the promising artist's heart still beats for Firdaus, who has been brought up by the bitter Begum Hasrat (Tabu), whose heart had been broken by a lover (Akshay Oberoi) decades ago. Needless to say, the Begum's baggage comes in the way of young love, creating obstacles for Noor and Firdaus.
At the outset, let it be said that Fitoor is a visually delightful film, which explores the pure beauty of Kashmir in many scenes. The colours are vibrant and refreshing, though the same cannot be said for the love story in the film.
Aditya has taken his role seriously, but somehow, his angst doesn't make your heart ache while Katrina, with her Brit accent and haughty demeanor might seem an apt choice to play the Indian version of Estella, but her lack of acting skills prove to be her undoing. The chemistry between the two is negligible and one wishes the makers would have cast actors, who could have convincingly conveyed the pain of doomed love. Aditya and Katrina are totally mismatched and the way he keeps gazing at her with moon eyes, is frankly creepy at worst and irritating at best. Also, the romance between the lead pair has an artificial feel to it-Katrina's character talks with a British accent, but writes a letter to Noor in pure Urdu.
Tabu, who plays Begum Hasrat, is totally in her element as the bitter Begum, who still nurses a broken heart and doesn't let anyone forget it. The actress simply steals every scene that she is a part of and gives the young ones a run for their money. Ajay Devgn has a cameo appearance and looks quite exhausted and uninterested.
Like mentioned earlier, the film is a visual delight and the music of the film is a treat. Right from the title track to Pashmina to Hone do batiya, the music is quite commendable.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the film, which is a disappointing version of 'Great Expectations'.