Fitoor Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:41:36.7700000 IST

Disney UTV Productions' FITOOR holds tremendous promise, and the reasons are multifold . With names like director Abhishek Kapoor (of ROCK ON and KAI PO CHE fame) and Amit Trivedi and Swanand Kirkere fresh from the super success (musical) of SHANDAAR and BOMBAY VELVET, expectations are sky high.


It's a superb start with the mindblowing romantic rocking title track, 'Fitoor', which is more of a thanksgiving (to the almighty for the beloved) number! It's surely an encore that Arjit Singh provides for the ASHIQUI 2 boy, Aditya Roy Kapoor. What we mean is another chartbusting composition that will rate amongst the best for an Aditya starrer for a while.

Soft rock, nice flowing dew fresh melody and a haunting 'antara' (the mukhda just fuses with the 'antara') is the basis of another lovely romantic number, 'Pashmina'. Swanand plays with words as the lyrics provides just the imagery that was needed.

Emperor Jahangir's famous Persian words when he first set his eyes on Kashmir, 'Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto (if there is paradise on earth its is here, its here) forms the basis for a superb soulful, situational track, 'Haminasto', which naturally starts with a lovely 'Jaltarang' note. Lovely Kashmiri tune and arrangements entwined with soft rock and western, Swanand's par excellent lyrics and Zeb Bangash's robust and heart touching rendition, make this a gem.

Nandini Sarkar and Zeb Bangash 'jugalbandi' is the highlight of 'Hone Do Batiyaan', a soft, slightly rustic composition, is a unique number that sounds good to the ears. The 'antara' reminds of the 'antara' of 'Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Aayi'.

Its trademark Amit Trivedi that one encounters with the soft rock romantic duet, 'Tere Liye', sung with verve and zest by Jubin Nautiyal and Sunidhi but Jubin's diction needs correction at times. Once again Swanand's lyrics hold attention, without being over dramatic or cinematic.

The tune of 'Tere Liye' and 'Pashmina' is conjoined to commence 'Rangaa Re', an all rock (becoming hard rock towards the end) composition, sung superbly by Sunidhi, whose full throated but sweet vocals and Amit's deep emotive ones are just perfect for this type of song.

There is an English version of 'Rangaa Re' sung superbly by Caralisa Monteiro and Amit Trivedi and will appeal to the niche target audience.

To conclude, Amit and Swanand come out with flying colours and meet the expectations. What strikes about the album is that it brings out the saffron laced fragrance (read sounds) of Kashmir in trademark Amit Trivedi style. 'Fitoor', 'Pashmina' and 'Haminasto' are out favourites. The audio will definitely be a boon for FITOOR, and will hopefully meet the 'great expectations', when it releases around this Valentine (12th Feb).

Music Review Rating Chart:-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

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.


FITOOR (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!

Rating 2.5/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif and Tabu
  • Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
  • Director: Abhishek Kapoor
  • Music Director: Amit Trivedi
  • Release Date : 12 Feb 2016

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