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#Ambition: ‘Fitoor’ – Charles Dickens adapted for modern India.

Fitoor

India’s love affair for Charles Dickens comes alive with Fitoor, inspired by ‘Great Expectations’ and starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Tabu.

One of the most eagerly-anticipated movies of 2016, ‘Fitoor’ draws extensively from Dickens’ sprawling 19th century tale about poverty, personal ambition and social viccisitudes.

The characters described in Dicken’s novel are so detailed, realistic and are very much relevant in today’s world as portrayed in Fitoor.

Dickens loves describing everything in detail using new and imaginative ways similar to India’s tradition of beautiful storytelling culture.

Great Expectation is more like poetry than prose because it is enriched with sentiments and emotion.

This very essence makes ‘Great Expectations’ so easily adaptable for the silver screen specially in India.

There is a ‘Pip’ from Great Expectations in every city, every town and every household who rises from being a blacksmith’s son to a gentleman.

India loves nothing more than when the poor boy overcomes all odds to become wealthy and ultimately win over the love of his life.

We see the glimpses of this character in the role played by Aditya Roy Kapoor in Fitoor. Tabu’s character reminds us of Mrs Haversham – a woman hurt in love.

This story follows a young Kashmiri boy Noor, his muse Firdaus and a mercurial Begum, through love lost and realized over the course of two generations.

Thirteen-year-old Noor, an impressionable shikara boy living by the piers of Kashmir’s Dal Lake, is lured into the world of the Begum – the wealthiest woman in town.

Young Noor falls in love with the Begum’s daughter, Firdaus – a beautiful child who has been raised to break hearts.

Suffering from a broken heart herself, the Begum finds her mark in Noor.  Noor begins to obsess over Firdaus, someone who belongs to a world completely different from his.

Seasons change and Noor leaves his hometown to move to the city of Delhi to build his career as an artist.

He strives to be accepted into the sophisticated social circles that Firdaus is a part of in a quest to win her love, while the Begum plots retribution on their young and innocent love.

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