Obsession of any kind makes for an interesting premise for a film and when narrated well takes it to levels beyond the mediocre kinds. Adopted from literary genius Charles Dickens' 13th novel 'Great Expectations', Abhishek Kapoor's 'Fitoor' is anything but ordinary. And the three ingredients that take the film a notch higher are Suprateek Sen and Kapoor's brilliant screenplay, Tabu and to an extent Aditya Roy Kapur's spectacular acts and the spellbinding Kashmir.
An orphan boy from Dal, Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) along with his brother-in-law is commissioned to repair a Spinster named Begum Hazrat Jaan's bungalow, and its love at first sight for him with her daughter Firdaus (Katrina Kaif). Noor is asked by Begum to be worthy of Firdaus by good means. Firdaus is then sent to London for further studies while Noor pursues his passion for Art in Delhi funded by a mysterious benefactor.
It's a simple story made interesting with the nitty grities in of the basic character sketches and the situations they face. Kapoor takes the liberty of molding Dicken's classic to suit the modern Kashmir and the Indian cinema-loyal audiences. It's got good looking actors, great music (Amit Trivedi) and Kashmir captured beautifully by Anay Goswami that makes 'Fitoor' a treat for the eyes.
Background score by Hitesh Sonic is in perfect sync with the story, but it’s the songs penned by Swanand Kirkire that you absolutely must have in your library. Trivedi brings in the best of talent to croon them as well.
Talking about the performances, it's Tabu who steals the show throughout with her magnificence. There's something about her that you can't get enough of and want to see more and more of her. Yes, there are similarities that can be drawn from her 'Haider' act, but she brings her own version of Miss Havisham to the table. Kapur portrays obsession and madness in its truest sense, immersing completely into the character. However, a little controlled act would have given him an ace. Kapoor tries to get the best out of Katrina and manages to some extent, but it's the emotional scenes where her 'trying too hard' is quite evident. Ajay Devgn, Rahul Bhatt and Lara Dutta have cameos. Though there's nothing much to do for them, they are pleasant to watch, especially Dutta who lights up the screen. The other supporting cast is good. Dialogues are good and make the whole package sound better.
Yes, there are blemishes and the film from nowhere is flawless. Comparing it with the book is something that we would certainly ask you to avoid. It's slow paced at some points but it's the grandeur and visual representation that will help you get through those moments. Watch it with a fresh perspective, and it will not disappoint you. We go with a three and a half star for this one where that ½ a star is added just for the love of Kashmir.