As Abhishek Kapoor’s poetic romance “Fitoor” marks its eighth anniversary today, we embark on a journey into the enchanting realm of unrequited love, unfolding against the majestic backdrop of Kashmir. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ timeless classic “Great Expectations,” the film weaves a tale of yearning, desire, and heartbreak.
In “Fitoor,” Abhishek Kapoor, acclaimed for bringing “Three Mistakes Of My Life” to the silver screen with ‘Kai Po Che’, invites audiences on an enchanting journey through the eyes of Noor, portrayed by Aditya Roy Kapur, and his love for Firdaus, effortlessly portrayed by Katrina Kaif. Against the captivating backdrop of Kashmir, cinematographer Anay Goswami artfully captures the region’s mystical allure—the snow-capped peaks, vibrant chinar leaves, and sombre winter tones. Each scene unfolds like a poetic symphony, enticing viewers to lose themselves in the valley’s enchantment.
Tabu, who plays the jaded and lovelorn Begum Hazrat, embodies the Indian version of Miss Havisham from the original novel, evoking a mix of empathy and scorn with her icy demeanour shaped by tragedy. Abhishek’s careful reimagining of “Fitoor’s” intricate characters offers a beautiful tribute to love and longing.
Now, with an untitled project featuring Ajay Devgn, Raasha Thadani, and Aaman Devgan, already in post- production, and announcement of the next titled “Sharaabi,” revisiting “Fitoor” on its eighth anniversary invites acceptance of imperfections. The film portrays love’s complexities, flawed yet captivating.