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“Fitoor”  Movie Review
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, Ajay Devgn, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lara Dutta 
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Genre: Romance/Drama
Duration: 2 Hours 11 Minutes
Combined Ratings of All The Critics: 2.5/5       

“Fitoor”, The Indian adaptation of Charles Dickens’s magnum opus “Great Expectations” brings forth a drama set in the picturesque settings of Kashmir. Expectations are humongous from a director who won rave reviews for his successful outings viz. “Rock On” and “Kai Po Che”. The onus is on Abhisek Kapoor to deliver a yet another exquisite cinematic piece that will go down in the memory line as one the finest flicks of the year.

Fitoor is indeed a journey about love, struggle and its cohort essentialities that exemplify a love drama. Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) and Noor’s (Aditya Roy Kapur) interminable epoch is epitomized by the obligatory realms of socially inflicted nuances that bound to have imprints on the lives of both Firdaus and Noor. Firdaus and Noor found themselves on the crossroads of love due to the events that unfolded around them. 
Expectations are bound to be enormous given the sanctity of Charles Dickens original plot and the vibe that Abhisek Kapoor has created with his preceding, masterpieces. Tabu seemed the only actor who fits to the bill perfectly in her role as “Begum Hazrat” where she contentedly outstripped tedious efforts of Katrina and Aditya. Unfortunately it falls well short of the margin with only Amit Trivedi’s enthralling musical score along with Anay Goswami’s breathtaking cinematography coming to salvage a film that hardly justified its pre-release euphoria. 

Indian Express: 1/5                 
Inspiration’ Charles Dickens is just the first casualty. Fitoor spares no one, not Kashmir, not Delhi, not London, not artists, and not even poor Pakistan, which somehow finds its way into this tale essentially about love traversing social divides. Meanwhile, having decided that in a film where all of Aditya Roy Kapoor’s hair is bunched upon his head and all of Katrina’s is plunged in a Chinar-esque red, in the hope perhaps that you don’t notice their blank faces below, Tabu takes it upon herself to act for the entire film.  Read More...

Rediff: 2/5                                
A small Kashmiri boy with innocent eyes and a Salim Sinai nose becomes a natural artist but, as if working with unreasonably heavy paintbrushes, emerges also a musclebound dimwit. A haughty young girl with a National Velvet self-confidence morphs into a red-haired waxwork unable to pronounce words that came so naturally in her youth. And an old opium addict, one of the most famous female parts in all Victorian literature, ages the most tragically: Poor Tabu with abruptly heightening hysteria and increasingly weird eye-makeup, growing old like a Transylvanian raccoon. Read More...

NDTV: 3.5/5                              
A visual tour de force, Abhishek Kapoor’s exquisitely crafted Fitoor holds on to the soul of Great Expectations and imbues it with the spirit of Bollywood without letting the essence of one dilute that of the other.But that is not to say that Fitoor is an unblemished miracle. It isn’t. Halfway into the first half, an impressed art impresario lauds the male protagonist’s work, but she hastens to tell him that it needs “presentation, scale and context”. Read More...

India Today: 3/5                      
Based on Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, Noor (Aditya Roy Kapur) is the orphan Pip in this tale. Dickens's Estelle is Firdaus (Katrina Kaif) here, and the eccentric, mercurial Miss Havisham is Tabu's Begum Hazrat. Noor, the Boy From Dal, is taken to the Begum's palace on one winter day by his brother-in-law. His eyes chance upon Begum's daughter Firdaus, and this pretty much changes the course of his life. Read More...

Times of India: 3/5                
So, Fitoor, based on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, meets some expectations - but not all. In a Kashmir of moonlit snows, mist-filled houses and golden leaves, Noor  falls in love with Firdaus , daughter of eccentric Begum Hazrat , who lives, covered in diamonds, in a castle of chandeliers and chintz. 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. Read More...

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