Fitoor

wogma rating: Watch when on TV/online (?)

quick review:

Engaging to the senses - visually and musically - is poetic even. Ironically, the heart though, is kept at bay.

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Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Romance
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Fitoor, obsession – obsessed by love, looks like in this case – is an intense title by itself. It sets the mood. Then you watch the trailer and the strong feelings of the lovers comes through.

Now, the question is will it hold through the length of the film. The story itself is unlikely to be very different from love stories we have seen earlier. In fact, there is a strong flavor from Baaghi though Fitoor looks a lot more polished.

Interestingly, both Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Roy Kapoor seem to fit in perfectly into the roles and the fervor required for their parts. The music too has taken the listeners in their stride. Looks like Fitoor has set the stage for us to go in with reasonable expectations of being entertained and engaged.

Music Reviews:
Bollywood Hungama - "4/5"
Firstpost - "this album is going to be on loop"
glamsham – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "highly tuneful soundtrack that gets the best out of its singers, and of course, the composer!"
Music Aloud – "8.5/10"

- meeta, a part of the audience

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

24 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 11 so-so 10 nays

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Thumbs up, by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live : ...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. I’m going with three out of five. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...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. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Aditya has portrayed his 'Fitoor' with utmost conviction and shown what it feels like to love in volatile situations. His chemistry with Katrina will not disappoint you—a fresh pair after a long time. Special mention for the brilliant execution of art work and cinematography by Anay Goswami and art direction by Mayur Sharma. ... full review

So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...The film’s technical embellishments are all in place. Anay Goswamy’s visuals are impressive without being overwhelming, the costumes are attractive, and the music by Amit Trivedi (songs) and Hitesh Sonik (background score) is adequate within the context of the film. ... full review

So-So, by Mehak Khurana , Desi Martini : ...Verdict - Watch, if you have nothing better to do. ... full review

So-So, by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...What to do: It's Valentine’s Week and if you are in the mood for a complex love story, check this one out.... full review

So-So, by Rachit Guptai, Filmfare : ...Director Abhishek Kapoor could've done a lot more with this film. The love story between his leads should have been a lot more intense. But in the end the film turns out to be a shallow affair. ... full review

So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...But the frames are generally beautiful. They are impeccably lit, and the grandeur is spell-binding. And the music by Amit Trivedi brings more charm to an already gorgeous-looking film. ... full review

So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...The background score is of international standard and the music pleasing. 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!... full review

So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...And then of course, there is Tabu, who even by her mere presence is capable of infusing life into the goings on. Tabu is so brilliant as Begum Hazrat, taken from the famed Havisham's character in the classic, and so terrific that she makes you part of her emotional and lunatic world. At times you feel the urge to reach out and comfort her and the next minute, she totally spooks you out.... full review

So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...If you love Great Expectations, keep no expectations from this one. Else, be prepared to entranced by the visual splendor of the movie, and be disappointed by the lack of emotional connect. ... full review

So-So, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...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. ... full review

So-So, by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall : ...Fitoor is not an easy film to make for a mainstream audience, and Abhishek Kapoor deserves a pat on the back for sticking to his vision. An unusual comparison would be with Bajirao Mastani, also a stunning visual spectacle high on technical treatment. But while Bhansali seemed to retrofit a plot into a film that did not need one, Kapoor does not succumb to this temptation. Consequently, Fitoor is a more consistent and a stronger film, even if it’s appeal may be limited for the same reasons. ... full review

So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...Alas, Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’ looks better than it feels. ... full review

Thumbs down, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, FITOOR is 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. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Shah, Bollywood Life : ...Don’t watch Fitoor it’s crap & waste of money! Save yourself this Valentine’s day or after the movie you will be single... full review

Thumbs down, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Verdict - A flaccid chemistry between the lead pair and a lead pair that cant act, it is a disaster ... full review

Thumbs down, by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ...Oh if the movie could have explored what could have happened with Noor and Hazrat or Arif and Noor while we are at it. Seriously what was that? No one takes a boy you have just met to a prestigious junket in London to hold your brushes, do they? Nudge nudge. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Yatharth Chauhan , Desi Martini : ...Verdict - Dear Charles Dickens, Abhishek Kapoor has let down your Great Expectations and ours Greater Expectations! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, FirstPost : ...Moral of the story: It’s one thing to adapt Chetan Bhagat. To adapt Dickens is quite another. This is Abhishek Kapoor’s third film, and we can, with no apology to Chetan Bhagat, say the third is a mistake in his life. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...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. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...A lush adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ with a gaping hole at its centre ... full review

Thumbs down, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Like mentioned earlier, the film is a visual delight and the music of the film is a treat. Right from the title track to Pashmina to Hone do batiya, the music is quite commendable. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the film, which is a disappointing version of 'Great Expectations'.... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...From this point on, both film and protagonist are impossible to stomach, and since young Aditya has taken on a role this demanding, a role that needs an actor to shoulder it, he must face a large part of the flak. The character he creates is a drab, gloomy, stalker-y one, not the impassioned lover from the book. Lara Dutta, playing a savvy and exploitative art-dealer, brands his first showing smartly in order to cash in on Noor's roots, calling it The Boy From Dal. If only he weren't such a dull boy. ... full review

105 tweeters(?) - 53 yays 11 so-so 41 nays

_Baatcutter: Such a beautiful love story. #Fitoor

YehFitoorMera: Fitoor is a heartfelt film which tells a story we all can relate to! this is what cinema should be about, not lame masala films!

WeLuvKatrinaa: I don't care #Fitoor is a disaster or flop whatever people are calling it. But it's a huge hit for me. Storyline is the reason why it failed

virdi_fateh: #Fitoor is Epic, #SanamTeriKasam is Quiet Awsm bt #SanamRe is totally bore...!! Dis Valentin I watched 3 movies... https://t.co/74uIVExtq3

TZSOO: I need a love potion to use on #AdityaRoyKapur - kindly dm me if you have some. Watch #Fitoor and you will understand

tejasmotj: Wat a beautiful love story.... Jst watchd FitooR... Gud chemistry btwn adi n kat.....it's a suprhit.....

SumathiNakeeran: I so wld love to watch it again..sum of the sick reviews given is partial & sad! #Fitoor maybe you guys r too old to review such a film!

subh_ansu: lovvve tOo wAtcH ... fItoor............

soulnobody: #GwynethPaltrow in #TheGreatExpectations was great and #Fitoor comes 8/10 to it and Katrina 7/10

Soul4Real2011: #Fitoor was hauntingly beautiful......#Tabu was immersed.

SoniaRose1: Finished #fitoor and I loved the film but it was not mindblowing like @boyfriendkapoor said.

seemasirohi: Missed the Republican debate but caught #Fitoor. Good movie. Beautifully filmed in Kashmir and Tabu is great. Katrina? She should resign.

sdhaval99: #Fitoor and #SanamRe both just wonderful gifts by #Bollywood for #ValentinesDay2016

schahm: #Fitoor is beautiful and haunting. A must watch, what art, what aesthetics! Reminded me of old Muslim Socials, and I really miss those!

SaurabhSarkarSS: #Fitoor Watched the movie 2nd time! same I loved it!! @FitoorTheMovie

sanghamitra_4: Watched #Fitoor fr t 2nd time :') still crying .... t last scene again made me cry :') loved it :') thnks @Abhishekapoor fr t film :')

samina_kapoor: #Fitoor Review ADITYA ROY KAPUR. MADE ME CRY. WHEN I TRIED NOT TO. HE WAS ADORABLE INNOCENT AND YET SO INTENSE

saloni_adityark: we loved fitoor because love makes life live

sainikhilreddy7: Saw #fitoor A slow but visually and musically appealing love story. 3/5

sadafmomin1: Watched #Fitoor. Absolutely loved it ..Aditya is so honest and so charming! So mesmerizing Must watch

sachdeva_pankaj: #Fitoor is gorgeous, poetic, and layered. Loved it. Ranga Re

SabihaAshfaq: Beautiful#Fitoor

Rehansubhan3: Excellent movie FITOOR

rao_n10: #Fitoor Visually stunning, great music, good acting by all. The pace & general mood of the film gets in the way.

RajeshKonsam: My feelings on Fitoor . Loved Aditya Roy Kapur in it. A good watch if not great https://t.co/Q4SUow3PtD

noransengupta: Guys...go and watch #Fitoor movie. Its amazing!!!

neetaraina1: Fitoor HAS a story. Its NICE. https://t.co/JhLDBRAoLW

NdNd_93: We loved fitoor ❤️ #Fitoor https://t.co/XVM9snX8Ju

NaskaShwan: Loved the movie! - Fitoor! #indian!

KattuDevotee: GO N WATCH FITOOR TODAY!!!! .

KatrinaTushar1: FUCK THOSE BIASED CRITICS FITOOR IS MORE THAN AMAZING..ITS A MASTERPIECE.. I LOVED IT THIS FILM MADE ME CRY

kathyfgibson: FITOOR -- the Bollywood adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS -- is a really good-looking film. My review: https://t.co/ROJrvTRcuH

kashifkhimji: #Fitoor A Masterpiece by @Abhishekapoor #Aditya kills us with his performance yet again #Katrina Bst acting till date #Tabu you're a legend

Jeetu19101984: Fitoor superb...

jannatrai: I can't stop thinking about #Fitoor. It was an magical experience. Everything was perfect sets, actors, music.

itsmerids: No one could have done Noor and Firdaus better than AdiKat and Kashmir be seen better like this ! Great work by Gattu #Fitoor a must watch

iSRKATholic: Once again #Fitoor :)

IshaniMukherjee: Too bad they didn't have #Pashmina in the movie. #Fitoor otherwise great!

Iffatkhan11: Feel good movie...Such love exists only in the movies... Doesn't happen in reality... No one can love anyone with that kinda #Fitoor #Movie

HeyItsSameenaxo: #Fitoor .... is so beautiful!!

Haniakh74057271: Katrina was looking heavily beautiful >>>< We Loved Fitoor

hamzashkeel: Exceptional movie !!!!!!! #Fitoor

G_Avishek: Loved #Fitoor ...Beautifully shot n soul stirring performances from all! @Abhishekapoor weaves magic in every frame n the DOP...take a bow!

Dev_The_Devil: Just finished seeing #Fitoor. This movie had a complicated yet romantic and thrilling plot from start to finish. Great job to all!

DARBADAR37: #Fitoor is for the artistic hearts.

danishl: We loved Fitoor #WeLovedFitoor

AyanDalal: My rating on #Fitoor is 4 **** out of 5 ***** stars...so plz watch it...it's a brilliant movie.. #Fitoor

AmTrehan: Nice movie bit slow but all actors locations awesome

AmiraIslam08: Amazing film! thoroughly enjoyed it #Fitoor

adnanyaqoobmir: Direction is superb Aditya has done fine And Katrina looked drop dead gorgeous Tabu Ne phqd diya maza aagaya #Fitoor

AchaTheekOkay: Fitoor is a nice movie btw.

aamir__71: https://t.co/BCHYIyQS8s #fitoor movie review 4/5 stars trust me don't miss its a perfect #ValentinesDay flick watch my detailed verdict

AakashGawri: Fitoor... An extraordinary Story of Kashmir... Fitoor !!

SrivAnku: Change of thinking is reqrd. Please do not over rate things. Fitoor is average at best. Chinatown, Citizen kane, Cadablanca r great #Fitoor

sameerK___: watched #fitoor plot: ok direction: not ok casting: not ok aditya: superb katrina: ok * ONE TIME WATCH

PieKapoor: Watched Fitoor. It was very pretty, but somewhat all over the place. Still better than we expected, so I'd say it was okay overall.

MubeenKh: Fitoor okay movie with good acting

mridu_la: #Fitoor Tabu, Aditya were good. Kat avg. 2nd half slow. More conversation was needed b/wn the leads to establish chemistry. We Loved Fitoor

iamanishb: Strong acting, awesome music, sinking storyline. #Fitoor

Davita_Kd: #Fitoor the only reason to watch is for #Tabu my goodness what an actor! Cudnt take my eyes n want more of her!

boyfriendkapoor: Ok so I liked it but I could not love it . I have my reasons which you may read in my review #Fitoor

AS_Aru: Watched Fitoor yesterday.Yessss!!it was beautiful. But dint really love the film.

aliamalik: I'll rate #Fitoor 2.5/5. Tabu was excellent. Aditya: a sight for sore eyes. Katrina: beautiful but deadpan. No 'Great Expectations' per se!

abhishek6259: First half of Fitoor is good...but the 2nd half is pretty much boring n perplexing. #Fitoor #Movie #Bollywood #India

topadultdating1: As is quite clear from its title, Fitoor (obsession) is a love story. So poor, but artistic Kashmiri boy Noor ... https://t.co/gPCqyhT62l

sunnyraghav87: Gud mng guys watched fitoor and walked away in interval really a poor concept and a poor star cast my rating0.5/5 https://t.co/gh1EhxpHer

stylishriiya: Fitoor toh kabhi na dekhu hurr Boring adi dada

SRKsAvenger: Fitoor dekh ke bheje ki bajj gayi .. ab ek baar aur deapool dekhni padegi .

sonika_sethi: #Fitoor was a slow film that fell flat. Probably the best thing about it was Tabu's acting

smartrintu: #SanamRe crap movie... even worst than #GhayalOnceAgain ... #Fitoor holy shit.. #SanamTeriKasam is way more watchable than these 3

SilverSweater: Country is so obsessed with illogical&nautanki movies that some art becomes depressing! No doubt Bollywood&audience r stupidest!! #Fitoor

sidkakspeaks: Fitoor is a never-ending obsession in slow motion! Actors are brilliant but wasted. Kashmir exquisitely filmed but direction is listless..

Ravikumar8055: #Fitoor will disappoint you, a great story ruined badly by weak direction and, Katrina is very consistent towards her bad acting

ranigill7: B-TOWN #Fitoor movie review: Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur’s film falls short of our Great Expectations!

Ranbirkapoorfa4: Unchi dukaan and feeka pakwan for "fitoor"

QuizzicalMusing: #Fitoor what a disastrous ride! No wonder I never liked Kashmir!

prakashrthd: #Fitoor watched last night. Amazing story but direction is not well. Katrina is not perfect for this movie. 1 out 5 star.

PandeyRishita: Only tabbu looks alive in #fitoor rest aditya,katrina n aditi look dead n retarded.such a waste of time.

ovee84: #Fitoor ! Why? Why u waste my time ? #fitoor #KatrinaKaif #AdityaRoyKapur

Nishit__Savla: #DhoklaReview #Fitoor Bcoz its a great book, does not mean its a great movie. The start was just like haider and movie was just boring.

NakulnC789: Even Though The Movie Disappointed Me But I'm Still Listening #YehFitoorMera On Loop #AmitTrivedi #Fitoor https://t.co/uelM2jC9re

Nagarick: #Fitoor is real fartoor, they just forgot to change the movie title. Pseudo intellect of below 40 IQ #Bollywood? Chutiyo, Sudhar jao.

MRplanner1: Pekaao movie :O #fitoor

MehakTweets_: Don't watch fitoor.. just .. Don't.

meetcoogle: Review: Fitoor is a stunning waste of time and literature - https://t.co/pb7GGIY9h8 https://t.co/RmyKMM0ecw

ManojG7: Fitoor seems was the Fitoor of directors version of Love Tragedy Deceit but alas it's too slow , boring and confusing ! Sadly sad movie

mannshandilya: #Fitoor one of the worst movies i have watched.

malaiam: Expected more from #Fitoor. Intensity of Dickens' layered story replaced with bland love story. #Tabu & cinematography only saving grace.

MahekkLove: The Bakwass Movie Of This Year Sanam Teri Kasam, Fitoor And Finally Sanam Re.. TIME WASTE :@ — feeling angry

item_boyy: #Fitoor declared disaster on Day 1 itself.. rare achivement.

Infanta110: #Fitoor is a MASSIVE FLOP

Imtiazbahar: #Fitoor fails to impress audience.

iamsalmankafan: #SanamRe will easily emerge as winner of the Clash. #Fitoor will be devastated by #SanamRe &;#Deadpool.

Gyan06: #Fitoor - a complete mess towards the end!!

d_akshita: Pradeep Dhoundiyal commented "not a good movie, don not waste your time" on the Blog https://t.co/GAJTJRwfBR

divinerock: Watched fitoor and deadpool. Both are boring movie. It's more worsened my friend made me watch in Hindi. Time to see game of thrones

digidivaa: Dude I watched #fitoor yesterday, so much cliche, Charles Dickens would feel constipated.

dangal2016: Fitoor Dissater :P

Being_rebal: #SanamRe12thFeb averagen theek hi h .#fitoor movie se better h. @PulkitSamrat

AwesomeAvira: Watched Fitoor movie, didnt like it. Didn't understand what was Ajay Devgan's role. Would rate low on story. Caution to all my followers!

amnashineee: Just watched #Fitoor and it's was not what i was expecting the movie was boring,confused and slow

abhirobsten2: #fitoor disappointed bt aditya made a way into my heart.! #tabu ws breathtaking & mesmerizing,aditi her role was small bt she was flawless

AamirKhanTemple: Fitoor disappoints big time. Wat waste of time.

aakash_vasa: Fitoor review: Great expectations, disappointing outcome! https://t.co/ZZLYDXs3aq https://t.co/jCJLpOeeoa

1008samurai: #fitoor worst movie ive ever seen. aditya roy kapoor is again playing the role of drunkard and there's Ajay Devgn doing shittest cameo.

3 readers - 1 yays 0 so-so 2 nays

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Nay! Thumbs Down, by Suman

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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.

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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

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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