Out Of Theatre

Fitoor

Out Of Theatre
12 Feb, 2016 2 hrs 12 mins U
Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Rahul Bhat, Aditi Rao Hydari, Akshay Oberoi, Suchitra Pillai Malik, Govind Namdev, Lara Dutta, Ajay Devgn, Talat Aziz
Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Rahul Bhat, Aditi Rao Hydari, Akshay Oberoi, Suchitra Pillai Malik, Govind Namdev, Lara Dutta, Ajay Devgn, Talat Aziz
Abhishek Kapoor
Synopsis
Fitoor doesn't fulfill Great Expectations!
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Story: Artist Noor loves aristocrat Firdaus, daughter of Begum Hazrat - but what happens to Noor's obsessive fitoor when Firdaus decides to marry rich Bilal?

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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Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
  • Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    3.5/5
  • Story
    3/5
  • Music
    3/5
  • Visual appeal
    4/5
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F** off
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Adhyatm
Financed by a mysterious benefactor, ‘the boy from Dal’ gets plonked from phiran on the lake to an artfully undone studio in midst of could-be Lodhi Garden. There is a Delhi out there where strangers open their hearts, parties, purse strings, not to mention letterheads giving their address as Sujan Singh Park, to accommodate growing artists among glowing monuments, only you may have never seen it. Meanwhile, an incredible number of foreigners keep flitting about. But what do we know?
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Adhyatm
So far, Abhishek Kapoor, who gave us a quite remarkable and solidly middle-class Kai Po Che, appears to know what he is doing. The boy cast as Noor speaks with an unmistakable Kashmiri accent, his beautiful and kind sister walks with a mysterious limp that always halts Noor in his tracks, and the brother-in-law is supportive and unobtrusive. Tabu is still getting into the act.
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