Fitoor: Kashmir Has More Substance Than The Leads

Title: Fitoor

Directed by: Abhishek Kapoor

Produced by: Siddharth Roy Kapur and Abhishk Kapoor

Written by: Abhishek Kapoor and Supratik Sen

Starring: Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif and Tabu

Music by: Songs: Amit Trivedi and Komail Shayan; Background score: Hitesh Sonik

Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures

Release date: 12th February, 2016

Language: Hindi

Genre: Romance

Official Poster

You would obviously not expect Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur to give Oscar winning, even Filmfare winning, performances because, accept it now, they aren’t that good actors. And hence, all the pressure falls on Tabu, and she lifts the broken plank with a bit of difficulty.

So, Noor (Kapur) *no spoilers* falls in love with Firdaus (Kaif), which can be termed as obsession, hence the title, they meet, they part and they meet again, which is pretty much evident. The movie is said to be based upon Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, though it doesn’t do justice to that beautiful piece of literature. Kashmiri love and politics goes on in the background, which is not at all needed. All this while, Tabu leaves subtle breaches of the monotony created by the leads and eventually she leads the show.

Aditya Roy Kapur fails as a leading actor and cannot, just cannot take the movie ahead with his charming looks. The audience will not fail to notice the expressionless face beneath the perfectly brushed hair. His capabilities as an actor, after Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (which weren’t perfect either) are at skate. Mohammed Abrar, who plays young Noor brings more substance to the character than Kapur does, even after having a lot more screen space.

Katrina Kaif disappoints as usual. Her stoned, dead, expressionless face is nothing new. We have seen this earlier and she has nothing to offer except a beautiful face maned in beautiful red hair, the color of Chinar, and a beautiful wardrobe! Kaif is nice to look at when she has to dance in those western outfits, but as she adorns the Indian ones, and has dialogues to deliver and emotions to express, she fails miserably with her moist eyes and dewy lips. Though there is one single scene, where she nails the expressionless face-when she’s having a conversation with the Begum (Tabu) who gives her the green pendant necklace and Firdaus says “Zaroori toh nahi hai na, jo aapke saath hua, woh mere saath bhi ho”. Though, she looks absolutely beautiful in the end, when she runs in an off-white dress, on the white snow.

Tabu shines in a supporting role, which should have actually been the lead role, because of obvious reasons. She is the only reason, apart from the cinematography, to watch Fitoor. Moving around in her heavy lehengas, beautiful jewelry and on point (I have to use this word) make-up, she delivers her dialogues with perfect ease and balances the expression game while sharing screen space with the leads. However, she is not there every time. Though the essence of her character, Begum, is there at all times, but she is not actually there, which doesn’t work when the leads are so weak. Although, her character, which is Abhishek Kapoor’s fault, is not as complex and devious as Miss Havisham which is where Begum’s character is inspired from. Kapoor has transformed Tabu from a brilliant actor to a melodramatic clutter. Her efforts literally want to lift the movie, but she has been handed over a weak script.

Lara Dutta has a small part of a corporate woman, which she plays beautifully. We all know how great an actor she is, but she is not allowed to contribute even a tiny bit to the story.

Aditi Rao Hydari’s (as young Begum) five minute role has more substance than the combined substance of Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif. As always, her appearance brings radiance on the screen. She could have brought life to the character of Firdaus had she played it.

After Kai Po Che, Abhishek Kapoor fails as a story teller. His characters are two-dimensional, who lack depth, like the story. Along with Supratik Sen, he has written some real nice dialogues, but just some. The rest of the movie goes blank, without any excitement or newness. Kapoor also has to be taught how to write and direct love stories, because I didn’t see any love involved. He (and the producers) even fail at selecting actors good enough for the roles. It seems like, apart from Tabu, only looks have been seen to for selecting actors to play the characters. Kaif and Kapur’s chemistry is beyond judgement. Yes, it is that worse!

Cinematographer Anay Goswami does a beautiful job while capturing Kashmir, but it is all filtered. The snow is too white, leaves too red. Everything is real in the film, but filtered with effects, from the Dal Lake in Srinagar to the gallery in London. But at the same time, nothing is real. The houses in both Kashmir and Delhi seem too set like. Even the hotel in London seems made up. However, what I really liked was the usage of red color on the walls of all these three places, which added to the Chinar Effect.

And, you don’t know when the movie ends. All the mysteries, the questions, the answers, the riddles, everything is just gone in a moment. You blink your eye, and it’s all done, and they live happily ever after.

All in all, please skip Fitoor. However, if you are a hardcore Tabu fan, go see it!

My Rating: 2.5/5

Disclaimer: All the above images have been taken from Google. None of them have been created/clicked by me.




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