One of the most anticipated releases of 2016 is already here
After much build up over the past couple of months and a huge hype surrounding it, Fitoor Movie finally hit screens this Friday and while it may not be as good as the trailer promised, it still makes for a great Valentine’s watch.
Fitoor is based on “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens and tries to remain true to the story throughout, but has been adapted significantly by Director Abhishek Kapoor to suit Indian audiences. Aditya Roy Kapoor plays Noor. Pip in the original, who is a talented but struggling orphan. Katrina Kaif plays Firdaus who’s upbringing has been such that her sole motive is to break hearts. Tabu plays Miss Havisham from the original and is Begum Hazrat here, the controlling mother who decides the fate of her daughter Firdaus.
The film sparkles in parts, particularly when it comes to sweeping scenes shot across Kashmir. Much like the valley, the film is about insurmountable odds, facing challenges and going beyond all obstacles to reach the one you love. However, the intensity of the love story does not seem to be engrossing enough and quite often you’re more interested in the beauty of whats on screen or the music behind it than the actual plot.
The best part of Fitoor is undoubtedly its music. Amit Trivedi lifts the mood with songs that are hummable and gorgeous to look at as well, thanks to the leads. The cinematography is breathtaking too, with Kashmir playing as much of a role in the movie as its stars. Shot beautifully, the film captures all the heartbreaking moments from the valley and builds a strong background for the rest of the story.
However, Katrina and Aditya Roy Kapoor do manage to keep your eyes on them throughout the film and manage to make it a decent watch. Tabu, who had stepped in at the last moment to replace Rekha, who had stepped back from the film owing to creative differences with the Director, manages to shine once again in her role. She never fails to surprise and her ability to give one power packed performance after another is unparalleled. Here too, she manages to lift the film and steals the show from the leads. Katrina though is patchy in parts and her emotional scenes aren’t as good as you would expect for an intense love story. There are also cameos by Aditi Rao Hydari and Ajay Devgn who manage to bring some spark to the film as well.
Go in with expectations that aren’t very high and FItoor may just turn out to be a good watch. Breathtaking in its beauty, Fitoor is worth seeing if only for the shots of Kashmir and the gorgeousness of its leads. Let down by a script that tends to drag and a meandering storyline, Fitoor is still one of the better films to have released this year.
Directors: Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur
Cast: Tabu, Aditi Rao Hydari, Rahul Bhat, Lara Dutta, Ajay Devgan, Govind Namdev, Andy Von Eich, Suchitra Pillai
KawKaw Rating : 2/5