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Fitoor – Casting is the Villain

Before I start reviewing ‘Fitoor’, I must tell you that my judgement may be seriously affected, having read the book beforehand.  I have hardly ever found a movie that has lived upto the book it’s based on.

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Casting is highly flawed,  right from Noor’s sister and brother in law to adult Noor and Fridaus themselves. But the young Noor is amazing and you wish that Katrina could emote as well as the young Firdaus. The first encounter between them and the Begum is exactly as Charles Dickens has written it and the beginning makes you anticipate that Abhishek Kapoor will do justice to the rest of it too. But, as I said before, the villain in this story is the highly flawed casting.

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I feel Katrina has tried to emulate Gwyneth Paltrow from her 1998 movie Great Expectations, even copying her way of dressing at places, but there’s no comparison there too. I do not understand why she is incapable of working on her pronunciation!!  Millions of Indian youngsters learn American and British accents to work in US and UK call centers in India, and even when she is getting paid in millions, she isn’t competent enough to learn a Hindi accent! Surprising to see that a girl who can write so well in urdu, cannot speak it well!

It starts dragging as soon as Noor and Firdaus grow up, which is very soon. You can never find a flaw with Tabu, even if you tried but our real life Ms. Havisham, Rekha, would have made it more real, had she finished the shoot. Fitoor makes you wish that you had a fast forward button or at least sleep through the drag.

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Ajay Devgan is good in the short part that he is assigned and Lara Dutta seems to be making one bad career choice after another, first with ‘Singh is Bling’ and now this. Considering her work in Chalo Dilli,  I am sure she is capable of better things than this. Aditi Rao Hydari is good in her short appearance as the young Begum too. Rahul Bhatt looks plain cocky.

Aditya Roy Kapoor looks like a prop in most parts. Fitoor is not bad overall, but lacks consistency in its treatment quality. Wish it was as good overall as it is in parts. You can miss this one as at the most, it will be a Snoozefest. I wish they had worked half as hard on the movie as they did on its promotional activities. I hope Abhishek Kapoor can revive his Kai Po Che and Rock On performance in his future projects. He sure has potential.

My Rating: 2/5

Talvar

Indian law is based on one rule, ” Even if ten criminals go Scot free, an innocent person should never be punished for a crime”. And crore of cases pending in our courts are a testimony to that. Our judicial system takes its time and more than its due share of time to deliver justice, probably to ensure that a defendent or an accused gets ample time and a fair chance to prove his innocence before a verdict is passed. But does that always happen? That is the question raised in Talvar.

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The movie delves into the casual attitude that our police system shows in investigation of crimes, their callousness and indifference for the sufferings of the people involved and their sheer inefficiency at their jobs. Having said that, there are honest and efficient officers too but all that happens to them is that they get suspended and transferred as soon as their presence becomes a tad uncomfortable for the higher ups.

As Meghna Gulzar intended while making this film, it does not explore the emotion of the people involved. It just touches that subject and boomerangs back to the technicality and the flow of the investigation that happened, using the Rashomon effect.  There are so many different things that could have happened and we’re either left undiscovered or the police simply did not bother about discovering them.

Talvar is crisp, fast paced and intelligently made. Irfan Khan shines in his role as the CBI investigator Ashvin Kumar who is impeccable and efficient at his job. Konkona Sen Sharma is brilliant as usual and so is Tabu in her short but impactful role.  The references to Ijaazat and Kabhi Kabhi make you smile briefly, amidst and despite all the tension.

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To sum it, Meghna Gulzar is a brilliant daughter of a legendary father and has been an ingenious director, right since Filhaal. We wait for her next venture and hope that she doesn’t take this much time to dole that out.

In the end, we hope that the Arushi murder case,  instead of being tried on TV channels, is tried properly and subjectively again and investigated by an efficient and non biased team. Hope that justice is eventually met.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Drishyam

Drishyam in Hindi is a remake of “Malayalam Drishyam”, which has been made into many other South India languages, with lead actors like Mohanlal and Kamal Hassan, which in turn is a remake of a Korean movie “Suspect X”, which in turn is adapted from a 2005 novel by Keigo Higashino, “The Devotion of Suspect X”! Phew!!!!

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Hence, the movie has a lot of baggage to carry and tries it best to do so. Only in this process, it loses the chance to become a classic in its own right. It has been well made but having read the book, then having watched Suspect X and then having watched the Malayalam and other version of Suspect X, the director Nishikant Kamat loses his creative vision in the process and maybe tries to adapt things from all the previous versions of the movie.

What we get is a movie that you may watch once, but may not want to go to if the theatre is more than 2 kilometers from your home. Having said that, the movie is not bad, but the fault lies with the concept development and director’s vision.

It does not come across as thrilling at it could and should have been with the actors it has and with the obvious amount of moolah spent in making the movie. Ajay Devgan’s character, who is a cable operator and is barely literate, surprisingly still has a huge villa for a home (Am thinking of being a cable operator myself now 😜). 

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He seems to be too comfortable and probably aspires to be like Salman Khan,  who just has to stand there and the audience break into a dance in theatres. But alas, he is no Salman and wastes himself in the effort of acting like he is or better still, not acting much.

Tabu is at her best, like she always is but she just does the best she can do. Even she can’t bring the movie out of the abyss that it’s director throws it into. At least the dialogues could have been better. And if not that, at least their delivery could have.

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I like Ajay Devgan as an actor and absolutely loved him in most of his movies. He has so much potential ♥

My Rating: 4/5