'Yeh Ishq nahin aasan Noor miyan...yaa toh dooboge yaa tairke niklogey.'
These lines by Tabu's character linger in my mind for a pretty long time after watching 'Fitoor'. Abhishek Kapoor's latest outing is not an easy journey and comes with its own share of ups and downs. But then that's how love has always been, for each a different meaning! Let's find out what this tale has in store for us.
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Aditi Rao Hydari, Rahul Bhatt, Akshay Oberoi, Ajay Devgn and Lara Dutta (cameo)
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Producer: Abhishek Kapoor, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Writer: Abhishek Kapoor, Supratik Sen
Claps: Aditya Roy Kapur, Tabu, Songs, Cinematography
Slaps: The slow pace of the film, weak screenplay
What's New: A love story which stood the test of time
Plot: Abhishek Kapoor's 'Fitoor' is based on Charles Dicken's famous novel 'Great Expectations'. However the director has taken few cinematic liberties and made some changes to adapt it for the Indian audience.
In Kashmir one night Noor, a young boy sneaks out some food from his home for a hungry militant (Ajay Devgn) after which the latter disappears into the dark. Next we see that during one of his visits to Begum Hazrat (Tabu)'s palace with his brother-in-law, Noor meets Firdaus Jaan Naqvi and becomes completely smitten by her beauty. As time passes by, the two start enjoying each other's company amidst the glistening snow and red chinar leaves, unware of the Begum's watchful eyes.
Then one few day the Begum sends away Firdaus to London for education and taunts Noor saying that he would first have match up to their social status in order to gain acceptance in their world of grandeur. The young boy is deeply affected by her words. Years pass by and a grown up Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) soon leaves his hometown and relocates to Delhi to start his career as an artist after winning a scholarship. Soon he chances upon Firdaus again (Katrina Kaif) at a party and the two rekindle their childhood romance. However both, fate and Begum Hazrat, have some other plans in store for them.
Performances: Aditya Roy Kapur with his brooding eyes and intense act steals the thunder and there are scenes where you just can't help but cry along with him. He leaves you with a lump in the throat every time he unleashes his 'fitoor' for his love.
Katrina Kaif looks stunning as Firdaus and depicts grace and beauty. However she fails to strike an emotional chord.
Yet again applaud-worthy and irresistible performance by Tabu as the lovelorn Begum Hazrat. She portrays the complexities of her role so well that you just can't escape her charms.
Aditi Rao Hydari, Akshay Oberoi, Rahul Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and Lara Dutta have performed their parts well.
Direction: It is not an easy task to translate a literary work into a cinematic piece. So one must appreciate Abhishek for stepping on such a tricky path. Having said that, one wished that he had polished his script and saved it from falling all over the places. 'Fitoor' has all the elements of love- be it passion, angst or sacrifice. But then these emotions lack a proper direction which in turn brings an irregular graph in the plot.
The film moves at a sluggish pace to build up its characters which might not go well with many people and bore them to the core.
However one must say that 'Fitoor' unfolds like a poetry on the silver screen. Anay Goswamy's cinematography brings out the captivating magic and surreal beauty of Kashmir with breath-taking visuals that leave you totally spellbound. (Ahh..just can't get off those hue of reds from my mind!)
Amit Trivedi's music blends well with the film and the songs add a poetic touch to the story.