Why were we looking forward to the Fitoor trailer? It is directed by Abhishek Kapoor, who has come a long way from his debut turkey, Aryan starring a couple of actors nobody remembers anymore. But he bounced back with Rock On, and Kai Po Che, a film that made even a Chetan Bhagat story watchable. So now as he widens his horizons and moves to Dickens from Bhagat, there is a good reason to be optimistic.
Firstly, as you probably know already, Fitoor is an adaptation of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, a classic, timeless story. The film is set in Kashmir and although we saw the gorgeousness of Kashmir in Haider last year, it never ceases to amaze. Every frame looks heartbreakingly gorgeous.
Fitoor is about an orphan boy and a rich girl. The mother of the girl (Tabu) is against the very idea of them getting together. This does seem a bit clichéd but then trailer wins us over with the mix of contemporary politics of Kashmir and the love story. Aditya Roy Kapoor looks adequate if not stellar and Tabu, as the matriarch, is formidable and terrifying in some frames. The bigger issue is the fact that she also starred in Haider, thus making it a bit hard think of her new role without thinking of the earlier one.
Coming to the not so good parts, the biggest potential threat to this film is of course the leading lady, Katrina Kaif. She has now been in the industry for a decade but that British accent is showing no signs of going away. She looks luminous, and is aided by the surreal locales in this trailer. There may even be a real actress hidden somewhere inside her. But her dialogue delivery is painful to the ears.
The Fitoor trailer so far seems worth waiting for, despite certain question marks that should clear out when it releases on 12 February.
Watch the trailer here: