Cast: Surveen Chawla, Jay Bhanushali, Sushant Singh, Neha Kaul Director: Vishal Pandya Rating: **1/2 Latest…
Directed by: Abhishek Kapoor
Starring: Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapur, Tabu, Lara Dutta, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Rahul Bhatt
What’s it about: Based on Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Fitoor is the story of a poor orphan Noor’s (Aditya Roy Kapur) love/obsession for rich girl Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) from the moment he sets eyes on her. Her adoptive mother Begum Hazrat (Tabu) invites him to do a menial job in the stables and before long the haughty Firdaus accepts the lad with torn shoes as her friend. Soon after, he misses her birthday party due to a tragedy in his personal life, to find her gone from his life. Begum packs her off to London to study. Life goes on for the heartbroken lad, till an unnamed benefactor lands at his doorstep with an opportunity to display his art in Delhi. Noor meets Firdaus in the capital after over a decade. He hasn’t gotten over her, and that doesn’t change even after she tells him she is engaged. She won’t repeat the mistake Begum did, and marry for love. She has been trained to marry for money. He finds fame but when Firdaus discovers she has feelings for him, she runs away yet again. He goes back home heartbroken. But he gets a second shot to make it as an artist in London, only to find she is getting married there. They both realise all too late that they are pawns in the hands of Begum. Fitoor is about love that destroys, heartbreak that refuses to heal and revenge that is blind to reason.
What’s good: Adapting classic English literature into a Bollywood film is not an easy prospect. However, for the large part, director Abhishek Kapoor manages to hold on to the essence of the epic novel.