“As is quite clear from its title, Fitoor (Obsession) is a love story. So, poor but artistic Kashmiri boy Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) falls in love with rich and haughty girl Firdaus (Katrina Kaif). They get together, move apart and then come back together again. However, they leave the viewers rather cold and unconcerned despite mouthing some seemingly passionate lines like “Khud se azaad ya to maut karti hai ya ishq (You can get liberation from the self either through death or love)”.
Fitoor wants desperately to be a grand, epic romance but depends way too much on its stunning Kashmir canvas to achieve that than characters and story that you can empathize with.
Though inspired from Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations it doesn’t quite make you flow along unquestioningly with the sequence of events, nor does it make you root for the protagonists and their class struggles, as did the novel.
Katrina is good so long as she has to just be herself. So she dances, smiles and flirts cutely but the minute a dramatic scene comes up that patent “moist eyes and dewy lips” act draws attention to her utter inadequacy as a performer. Aditya has to look completely mesmerised by her and deeply unhappy in love which he does adequately.
An air of mystery, artifice and affectation, coquettishness and stylized speech — Tabu’s Begum is a world of her own, often hard to fathom but she holds the viewer in her grasp and Fitoor eventually turns out to be her film than that of Noor or Firdaus. It’s her enduring love that has more pain and intensity than the plastic emotions of the film’s lead. Or for that matter the director’s love for the Kashmir panorama.”
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Aditi Rao Hydari, Rahul Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Ajay Devgn
Director: Abhishek Roy Kapoor
(Source: The Hindu)