The first 30 minutes of Fitoor are interesting where the film closely follows Charles Dickens’s novel “Great Expectations”. That is also the part of the film where the lead characters are children.
The story of Fitoor starts in Srinagar. A young boy is asked for help and food by a militant (Ajay Devgn) which he duly provides. The boy visits the mansion of an heiress, Begum Hazrat (Tabu) for odd jobs and promptly falls in love with the Begum’s daughter. Initially the girl pays scant attention to him, slowly she accepts him as a friend but then she is sent sway to London. The boy, Noor (Aditya Roy Kapoor), grows up longing for the girl, Firdaus (Katrina Kaif).
By a stroke of luck, Noor get selected to an Art school in Delhi and there is a mysterious benefactor who has arranged to take care of his fees, lodging and living expenses. Noor assumes Begum Hazrat is his benefactor and she wants him to come up in life for Firdaus.
Once in Delhi, the film jumps from reality into the realm of fantasy. It is hard to identify with the Delhi shown in the film. The city opens its heart to Noor and he is soon being toasted by the upper echelons of the society. Firdaus happens to be one among them. Noor is still madly in love with her though Firdaus is all set to get engaged to the son of a Pakistani politician. Also, Begum Hazrat, is around to remind Firdaus how important it is to marry in their own “level”.
The rest of the film is about Noor’s angst, Begum Hazrat’s painful past and Firdaus’s confusion. As a viewer, I was confused too, with the director’s interpretation of the story. The film didn’t seem to be going anywhere. Great Expectations is an easy enough story to adapt into a Bollywood screenplay without getting pretentious. Yet the film looked just that. Add to that a languid pace.
Of the cast, Tabu does justice to her Begum Hazrat. Some of the scenes and dialogues feel more suitable for a stage play, but she manages to pull them off. Casting falters as far as the leads are concerned. Aditya Roy Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are nowhere near the caliber of acting required to portray the two characters. Ajay Devgn in a cameo is good. Rest of the supporting cast is ok.
Full credit goes to Anay Goswamy for making the film visually beautiful. Everything else leaves much to be desired.
Film poster by UTV Motion Pictures, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48978936
Rating : 2/5
Starring: Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Tabu
Director: Abhishek Kapoor