Fitoor follows a young Kashmiri boy Noor, his muse Firdaus and a mercurial Begum, through love lost and realized over the course of two generations. Thirteen-year-old Noor, an impressionable shikara boy living by the piers of Kashmir's Dal Lake, is lured into the world of the Begum - the wealthiest woman in town. Young Noor falls in love with the Begum's daughter, Firdaus - a beautiful child who has been raised to break hearts. Suffering from a broken heart herself, the Begum finds her mark in Noor. Noor begins to obsess over Firdaus, someone who belongs to a world completely different from his. Wikipedia
Kapoor ditches many of the overarching social themes of Great Expectations to focus on what is primarily the story of star-crossed lovers and a complex romance. Fitoor isn’t perfect, but it’s a skillfully made film that’s easy on both the eye and the ear. In these times of fast-paced, hyperactive storytelling, you can appreciate the film’s dreamy, moody pace.
The director casts two attractive people where he ought have chosen a couple of actual actors instead, and thus it becomes hard to care about the protagonists or their sundered hearts, and despite aesthetic appeal, what we end up with is -- at best -- a screensaver...
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.
Melodrama and a superficial love story are some of the road blocks that hinder a beautiful cinematic journey Abhishek Kapoor wanted to take you on.
What shines through the 130 minutes is Anay Goswami's painterly cinematography and Amit Trivedi's velvety soundtrack. Fitoor doesn't lack pace, it lacks the finesse and the depth. And we are left with not much to do except marvel at the white beauty of Kashmir, while the real Pip, Estella and Miss Havisham remain buried under that thick blanket of snow, perhaps occasionally stirring in their graves.
There is so much to admire in Fitoor that it is easy not to be put off by its ponderous pace and lack of contextual detailing. Go for it because there might not be too many better films than Fitoor this year.
You get style - including six-pack Noor painting shirtless (explains why artists score more - can you imagine writers taking their tops off to work?) - but little depth. To play with a great quote, oh what a tangled web we weave, when we learn to retrieve - in this case, retrieving a classic indeed caused a tangle, albeit one of Pashmina dhaagas.
To Kapoor’s credit, his vision is ambitious and “Fitoor” (Obsession) has the look of a brooding, sweeping romance that transcends time and, at times, the realities of the era in which it is based.
The problem with Fitoor is that it's a love story that is not romantically compelling. The climax seems too rushed – it needed more drama and emotional depth but that's missing.
...devastatingly beautiful, thanks to director Abhishek Kapoor's portrayal of Kashmir in it. However, underneath all the surreal beauty, this adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations falls short of fulfilling the great expectations people had from it.
Fitoor is a film that looks magical, has impressive performances, yet lacks ‘wow’ factor. This love story is not everyone’s cup of tea and hence those with artsy tastes may like it.
...a huge letdown despite its great visuals, as it fails to connect emotionally. At the Box-Office, the movie will appeal only to a minuscule set of multiplex audience.
Alas, Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’ looks better than it feels.
Fitoor has to be one of the most enchanting films to look at, in a long time. But this great looking film that captures the surreal beauty of Kashmir does not live up to the great expectations attached with it.
FITOOR packs in a lot visually (DOP - Anay Goswamy) and held out a promise to be Danielle Steel's The Promise. However, it remains just that, a promise!
Fitoor takes a multi-layered classic, dilutes its themes of imperialism and social hierarchies, and chooses instead to interpret it in a more Bollywood-esque manner. But that isn’t what’s wrong with it. Ultimately, what prevents the film from truly soaring are the undeniable chinks in its otherwise attractive armour...
Audience Reviews for Fitoor
Abhishek Kapoor is a man on a roll.
For a man whose filmography boasts of the likes of Rock On and Kai Po Che, Fitoor is just the icing on a particularly delectable cake.
An adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic 19th century novel Great Expectations, Fitoor takes all of his Victorian-era characters – Pip, Estella and the delightfully complex Miss Havisham – and adapts them to a contemporary setting that alternates between Kashmir and Delhi.
The characters, their intricacies and motivations remain mostly in sync with Dickens’ original vision – setting the stage for a powerful drama that is not only sensuous but also deeply affecting.
What particularly surprised me about Fitoor was the performances of its lead pair.
Both Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif have never been this compelling in a long, long time.
These are performances that will be talked about for years to come.
Kapur seems to be having a blast playing Pip – it’s a role that’s tailor-made for him and one that thankfully doesn’t descend into caricature.
Katrina, on the other hand, is the living embodiment of Estella.
Fitoor’s biggest strength, however, is its subtlety and the delicacy with which it unravels what is essentially a tale of love, hope and despair.
Even the slow parts work, and work well.
This is a film that would have left Charles Dickens helplessly grinning in his grave.
And that is as big a compliment as a filmmaker can ever get.
It's over the top melodramatic. Aditya and Tabu were good, but Katrina its just impossible to take her seriously.