One thing is certain: Abhishek Kapoor has his creative cells intact. First ROCK ON
, then KAI PO CHE
and Now FITOOR, based on Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations. Three films, all three having different story-telling styles. Unlike most filmmakers, who have a certain trademark style, Abhishek experiments and goes with the gut.
(meaning madness for something or someone) may not be in the league of ROCK ON or even KAI PO CHE but Abhishek has treated the film well visually. It's almost like watching Quentin Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT. Thankfully, FITOOR is not that hateful! It does have a plot other than just pleasing eye-shots!
Dark lighting, snow clad roads and picture perfect visuals all add to the mood. While the story does move on smoothly, there is a jarring moment in the second half when Begum's (Tabu) past is shown in a flashback. It takes the sting off the story, giving it another dimension. Maybe, Abshishek wanted to quantify Begum's apparent madness, which is shown as a slow decline.
Noor Nizami (Aditya Roy Kapoor) a young artist around 12 years of age strikes up a friendship with Firdaus Jaan Naqvi (Katrina Kaif), Begum's daughter. Royalty meets the peasant so to speak. However, before their friendship can blossom, Begum packs off Firdaus to London because of the dangerous climate in Kashmir. However, Begum does show her fondness for Noor and they stay in touch all throughout.
Cut to fifteen years later when an unknown benefactor comes to Noor's aid to help him set foot in the art world. He gets instant recognition for his work and he also happens to meet Firdaus at his first exhibition in New Delhi.
Noor flourishes in the art world and soon he is called to London. Meanwhile, even though Firdaus is soon to be engaged to Bilal, a minister's son from Pakistan, the fire between Noor and Firdaus burns bright on a night of passion.
Soon after that moment, Firdaus moves on while Noor pines for her. She tells him to be thankful that they had their moment together! Noor does not want sympathy. He pursues upto a point and then moves on.
Aditya Roy Kapoor and Katrina Kaif do not really light up the fire in their romance. Their chemistry is a little below the halfway mark on a scale of 1-10. It's more studied, and less spontaneous. If you have watched TAMASHA
and seen Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone you will know what Chemistry means!
On the other hand, Aditi Rao Hydari, who comes on as Tabu's past is dynamite in her small role portraying the angst of a forlorn lover. That fire was missing in the two protagonists. Tabu for her part, makes the screen her own whenever she comes on. Vintage performance!
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!