Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’ is a Tale of Two Disappointments

Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor is a Tale of Two Disappointments: insignificant portrayal of Kashmir as a mere side actor and waste of such great talent as Tabu in an insubstantial love story of a dimwit artist.

A poor Indian adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Fitoor begins like a powerhouse and then slogs down as an impassive melodrama only to end up being a fused cracker. No lightening. No sparks. No shower. Only rainless floating clouds!

Fitoor begins like a powerhouse and then slogs down as an impassive melodrama only to end up being a fused cracker.

Abhishek Kapoor chose Kashmir as source / setting of the love story which travels to Delhi and then London to gain no momentum. Unlike the seemingly promising trailers of Fitoor, the film is loosely set in Kashmir which could have been any other place in India.

The initial depiction of Kashmir as a conflict-laden zone of militants where bomb blast is a usual occurrence loses all the intensity with sluggish development of the plot until Kashmir becomes a lovers’ paradise where there is no member of some orthodox Hindu wing like Bajrang Dal to prevent the lovers from locking their lips. Happy Valentine’s Day in the valley of Kashmir!

Unlike other filmmakers including Haider’s director Vishal Bhardwaj and Henna’s director Randhir Kapoor, Abshishek Kapoor used Kashmir as a living mannequin to present his story of an innocent Kashmiri boy who grows into a lovelorn figure, not an ambitious rebel even after accidental death of his mother in a bomb blast.

Why Kashmir? Do rich girls like Katrina’s character Firdaus fall in love with poor boys like Aditya Roy Kapoor’s Noor only in Kashmir? If that is what Abhishek Kapoor thought of before making Fitoor, he was wrong. For his information, girls from well-to-do families fall in love with poor artists or poets also in Kolkata.

 I can’t help questioning the casting of Tabu as sole puller of the plot where there is no other powerful actor to push the story towards the end. Fitoor has a Macbethian beginning which reminds me of Macbeth’s very first dialogue “Fair is foul and foul is fair,” but it ends like a regular love story with a kissing scene to bid goodbye to the audience.

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