Fitoor - Review

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
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Engaging to the senses - visually and musically - is poetic even. Ironically, the heart though, is kept at bay.

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Fitoor has dream-like visuals. In that sense it completely absorbs you in its world. But, unfortunately, only the visuals are arresting, and to an extent the atmosphere that the music creates. The story however, as it progresses, does its best to disengage you from itself. No number of good-looking people can save you from that then.

It would be unfair to say that Aditya Roy Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are only appealing to the eye and have nothing to offer in the acting department. There are subtle sighs and eye movements that add to the essence of the scene. But, to ask them to hold a film on their pretty shoulders, is a bit much.

We have seen Aditya Roy Kapoor sulk and carry a morose air about him through a film, so this does come across as a repeat performance. And, Katrina Kaif (and even the child artist who plays her character's younger role) plays femme fatale quite well. But given her gorgeousness, she doesn't need to do much . However, for a change this time around with the extra layer of charming fat on her cheeks, she comes across as homely too. Tabu is enigmatic too, but her character comes across as forcibly so and then gets a tad too dramatic towards the end.

However, a romance where there is more chemistry between the characters when they aren't together compared to when they finally do get together, has got its grammar wrong somewhere. The disconnect when they are together would have been alright too, if it were not for the climax chosen.

Except for the first half hour, where our protagonists are growing up, the story is fragmented. You don't know why these people are so madly in love with each other. Love at first sight and puppy love? Sure, I will take that as a given and enjoy the intensity of obsessive love. Despite this acceptance though, the details are sorely missing. Fitoor comes across as an extremely superficial view of the couple's love for each other – both in longevity and intensity. Similarly, the political angle is touched upon rather perfunctory. It's like the writers knew, the love story wouldn't be enough by itself and needed some other meat to hold the viewers' interest.

Fitoor is Vishal Bharadwaj's eccentrity combined with a Sanjal Leela Bhansali's visual acumen. And yet that doesn't end up being a compliment. Maybe a case of too many influences spoil the broth?

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A bomb blast.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of kisses, one making out scene and it is implied that sex was had.
  • Concept: Intense, obsessive love which could also mean 'true love'?
  • General Look and Feel: Gorgeous looking frames.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 2.5
  • Story: 2
  • Lead Actors: 3
  • Character Artists: 2.5
  • Dialogues: 2.5
  • Screenplay: 2
  • Music Director: 4
  • Lyrics: 3

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Suman Chakraborty:

Direction: 1
Story: 1.5
Lead Actors: 1.5
Character Artists: 1.5

Dialogues: 1.5
Screenplay: 2
Music Director: 0.5
Lyrics: 1.5

Mankirt :

Aditya acted very wel,movie story was confusing first until ajay devgan shows up in th end,good movie, must watch, THANKS

Fan:

A love story, inspired by one of the all time biggest global blockbuster novel, is enough to entice me to give a look.

But Fitoor makes a half hearted product and thus very painful to watch. When your heart does not ache for the lead lover pair, then you know that the story is extremely poorly executed.

The visuals (many done in Poland) are awesome. If the story and performance had been given the same importance then the film would have been a masterpiece, which it is far from being.

The visuals seem to have taken the front seat so much so that the director keeps in flipping between autumn and winter in random order - making one wonder if any attempt was made to ensure continuity in story/climate.

The story revolves around Noor, Firdaus, and Firdaus' overwhelming mother Hazrat. Noor (Aditya) and Firdaus (Katrina) are simply cold. And Hazrat (Tabu) seems to be in continuation mode from Haider. Aditi Rao Haideri impresses a little bit, all the others (lead characters included) disappoint big time. Ajay Devgan in a cameo is completely wasted. The Indianization of the English novel too did not work out well.

Overall: a wasted opportunity. A waste of time (and money) for the viewers.

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