Fitoor review: Katrina, Aditya’s film spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi

Fitoor review: Katrina Kaif starrer spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi, not London, not Kashmiris, and not even poor Pakistan, which somehow finds its way into this tale essentially about love traversing social divides.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2016 11:55 am
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‘Inspiration’ Charles Dickens is just the first casualty. Fitoor spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi, not London, not artists, and not even poor Pakistan, which somehow finds its way into this tale essentially about love traversing social divides. (Also read: Sanam Re movie review: Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam’s film is cliche-ridden)

Meanwhile, having decided that in a film where all of Aditya Roy Kapoor’s hair is bunched upon his head and all of Katrina’s is plunged in a Chinar-esque red, in the hope perhaps that you don’t notice their blank faces below, Tabu takes it upon herself to act for the entire film. Her overladen, overdressed, overwrought Begum has done a hop, skip and jump (should that even be possible) from Haider and Vishal Bhardwaj to Fitoor and Abhishek Kapoor. (Read: Fitoor and Sanam Re, two love stories to clash at box-office today)

There is a Ms Havisham in there but you have to search for it past all this, the flowing hair again and those ornate clothes (whatever happened to the sole wedding dress of Ms Havisham?).

So, once upon a time there was a boy, here called Noor , who lived in this innocent place called Srinagar (shot beautifully) where fierce militants with wounds (Ajay Devgn, hard to decipher, but something about Army does get mentioned) accosted children like him in the middle of the night and demanded help. Noor doesn’t think twice which, as we know from Great Expectations, sets one chapter in his life. (Read: Fitoor music review: Sporadically Brilliant)

The other gets started when Noor and his brother-in-law get called to repair her mansion (‘Anjuman’, no less), by Begum. There Noor meets Firdaus, who comes riding in on a horse, across snow. A sight of her red cheeks and lips, and Noor is besotted. Begum notices, and by turns encourages and snubs Noor in his growing fascination for Firdaus. (Also read: Ajay Devgn has ‘intense’ role in ‘Fitoor’)

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. (PHOTOS: Style file: Katrina Kaif totally rocks feminine chic)

It’s when the sister dies, in a blast, the limp never explained, Firdaus goes away, Noor gets bigger and bulkier (Aditya Kapoor never stays in clothes, upper or lower for too long) and lands in Delhi that Fitoor enters from the epoch of belief to the epoch of incredulity (the Charles Dickens line the film is fond of repeating, though never reaching this particular part).

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? (Read: Katrina goes shopping with Fitoor co-actor Aditya Roy Kapur in Janpath, Delhi)

Watch Video: Audience Reaction To Fitoor and Sanam re

Instant success, and a by now flirty Firdaus (Katrina Kaif), with ‘a degree from London School of Design’, follow (she smokes, doesn’t she?). However, even as our Noor is following her around with a one-note expression – she reciprocates in kind — he is becoming a big artist who can’t care less for Kashmir (“Itni azaadi kaafi nahin ki mein yahaan hoon”, he tells an appreciative Delhi art crowd). There is more where that came from, directed at the Pakistani minister Firdaus is meant to marry, but he at least ignores it with the backward-look contempt it deserves.

Lara Dutta may be just an art dealer, and hence inconsequential to this story, but she gets to say what we have been dying to: “Itna aasan nahin hota yahaan tak aana. Joote ghis jaate hain.” Needless to say, don’t look down at theirs.

(Also read: Fitoor, Sanam Re release today, this is what the audience has to say)

There’s that other quote from Charles Dickens, actually from Great Expectations: Ask me no questions, and you will be told no lies.

Director: Abhishek Kapoor

Star cast of Fitoor: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Ajay Devgn, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lara Dutta

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    Nidhi
    Feb 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    The w review is like a dustbin filled wit different things firstly she says its ok thn suddenly tabu role she says it good n thn talking abt hairs fool whoever it is wht is she trying to say is very difficult to understand
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      Maharaja
      Feb 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm
      Bad Review... didn't understand a thing!
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        Noor F
        Feb 13, 2016 at 9:39 am
        Where is the spoiler alert? What is she trying to say? Worst review I have ever read,, where is the critique? And how can I give a zero?
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          Prashant
          Feb 12, 2016 at 9:55 am
          It's strange that you've taken pot shots at everyone except Ajay Devgan!! Is that someone you're afraid to rub the wrong way!!! I wish i could tell you about the different aspects of film making and how readers would like to read about certain elements.. But I get the sense Im wasting my time on a smear campaign that started before the National Anthem opened Fitoor. 2016! And still so much BS!!
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            Saqib
            Feb 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm
            That was a TERRIBLE review. Thats all I've gotta say. U clearly have something against Katrina. Get that idea of Katrina not knowing how to act in ur mind and maybe then you'll write a better review.
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              Ajay
              Feb 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm
              FITOOR - " BURST EXPECTATION" Fitoor is a hindi adaptation of novel 'Great Expectation' , i know it is tough to make alive ens writing and director proved me right. It is totally waste of literature. ‪#‎technical‬: Huge expectations are there from Abhishek Kapoor bcoz of his previous ventures, but he failed dis time. Music and Background score are remarkable which make you feel ' SAYAD AB KUCH HOGA'. Camera art visible in every scene specially in snow (kashmir). ‪#‎acting‬: ?????????? M blank. If you have katrina and aditya roy kapoor in lead hoe can you expect acting, but aditya has some good moment in which he had performed well. Tabu asusal in its own world of excellence, yes she had proved 'OLD IS GOLD'. ‪#‎others‬: Film fumbles after every few shots, it is a trap which says dat it is an intense love story, no it is a complex love story with no sense. May be it is start of 'BURE DIN'. Its valentines save your money n tym, and spend dat on a Date with ur Loved Ones. 1.5 star
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                Anmol Dani
                Feb 12, 2016 at 8:43 am
                Are u mad? U don't know how to write review. I can't understand where to start to nd where it is going
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                  Arif
                  Feb 13, 2016 at 4:35 am
                  I dont know much about this movie as i have not watched.. but this review certainly deserves 0 star. Its so confusing even reviewer don't know what she want to convey. a little bit of simple language and step by step demarcation would have helped readers.
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                    ananya
                    Feb 12, 2016 at 7:16 am
                    Yuck
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                      ban
                      Feb 12, 2016 at 8:30 am
                      Deepika PR article lol and started commenting here themselves. It's far better than overrated piku fiku. So who cares about media people will love it when they will watch it.
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                        Rajesh
                        Feb 12, 2016 at 10:44 am
                        Why bother reviewing? Bollywood makes cr-p for s who cant understand a proper script. There are so many excellent movies being made in India and around the world. Watchin this trash industry is nothing but a waste of time.
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                          aseem sharma
                          Feb 12, 2016 at 7:55 am
                          Shalini Langer, please learn how to write a movie review. A movie review is supposed to a) DECRIBE performances(of non-cast members too) , b) and give away as little of the story as possible. You have done exactly the opposite on both.
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                            FARAZ R
                            Feb 12, 2016 at 6:59 am
                            bakwas film
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                              Fitoor
                              Feb 12, 2016 at 4:40 am
                              Fitoor doesn't seem to be a faithful adaptation of Great expectations.
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                                Fitoor
                                Feb 12, 2016 at 4:41 am
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                                  Qalbe Haider
                                  Feb 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                                  To watch Full Movie Please visit this link
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                                    Qalbe Haider
                                    Feb 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                                    To watch Full Movie Please visit this link fullmovieshindi dot com
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                                      Hari
                                      Feb 12, 2016 at 9:05 am
                                      Phalini Langer should stop writing or need to grow up!
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                                        pd
                                        Feb 12, 2016 at 9:21 am
                                        Thank god phalini ... beautifully written, if good looking people would devote some more time in acting than n hair, clothes n dances they would go long way.
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                                          Imtiyaz
                                          Feb 14, 2016 at 3:36 am
                                          0 stars for this review. somebody fire this critic!
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                                            Isha
                                            Feb 15, 2016 at 8:14 am
                                            The movie is really beautiful ..... The critic has done a terrible job reviewing this movie . I think shubra Gupta would give a better review than her . The movie atleast deserves 2.5 stars
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