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Fitoor movie review: Great expectations but little deliverance
Noor (Aditya) loves Firdaus (Katrina) since childhood, but has never been able to express his love for her. He meets her after years, only to discover that the intensity of his love for her has not reduced. Noor has become an artist after having won a scholarship in Delhi, but Noor still finds it difficult to express his love to Firdaus and becomes uncomfortable in her presence, like a teenager around his crush in a somewhat cute way.

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Tabu, Katrina Kaif, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lara Dutta, Ajay Devgn, Rahul Bhat, Govind Namdev

Director: Abhishek Kapoor

Genre: Drama, Romance

Duration: 2 hours 11 minutes

IMDb rating: 6.7/10

Charles Dickens' classic novel `Great Expectations' which is said to be the movie's inspirational source, turns out to be the first casualty of Fitoor, besides accounting for numerous others. In short, Fitoor is a poor adaptation of the classic novel and fails to engage the audience with a poor screenplay and over-dramatisation.

Aditya plays the role of Pip in the novel, while Tabu is the Indian version of Miss Havisham – Begum Hazrat. As expected of both of them, Aditya and Tabu deliver flawless performances. Katrina's role is based on the character of Estella, from the original Charles Dickens novel.

Barring a few scenes the entire love story in Fitoor looks superficial. The backdrop of Kashmir in which the movie is set, does provide for a visual treat for the audience. Ace cinematographer Anay Goswami deserves full marks for capturing the scenic beauty on celluloid. But sadly other than the snow-capped mountains and red chinar leaves, Fitoor fails badly at delivering any great expectations which the audience had hoped for. Amit Trivedi's music is soulful and a saving grace to the otherwise dull love story.

While Aditya's character is intense, Katrina falters in her performance. As soon as the camera shifts on Katrina, you lose interest, not because that her character is oblivious to Aditya, but because her dialogues sound fake and her acting looks too artificial and one-dimensional. Somehow the passion seems missing even in the most intense scenes.

Tabu looks convincing in the role of the eccentric Begum Hazrat who was wronged in love and has taken it upon herself to ensure that all menfolk experience and feel the same pain.

Ajay Devgn's character has been modeled on Abel Magwitch from the novel, and the actor impresses with his short cameo role of a Jihadi. Aditi Rao Hydari who plays the younger version of Begum Hazrat looks beautiful and convincing. The biggest let down in the film is that good actors like Lara Dutta, Govind Namdev and Rahul Bhat have been wasted in small roles and only turn out as mere additions to the brigade of the cast.

However the most disappointing is the climax of Fitoor, as the cruel Firdaus (Katrina) who keeps ignoring Noor (Aditya) throughout the film, suddenly decides to run back to him, and not because she is in love with him, but because she is obsessed with the idea of being in love.  

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