Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 12th February, 2016
Time : 131 minutes
Director, Writer : Abhishek Kapoor; Co-Writer : Supratik Sen (based on the novel ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens); Music : Hitesh Sonik
Starring : Tabu, Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapur
Soulful, romantic movies – where the hero and heroine keep expressing their love for each other, revel in deep sighs, leaving things unsaid and meaningful stares - aren’t really my type. Add shades of tragedy to them and usually they’re well nigh unwatchable for me. I went purely for Tabu and some of the visuals and I wasn’t disappointed.
It’s a pretty straight-laced translation of Great Expectations – set in Kashmir. Aditya Roy Kapur, the poor, talented artist / boy, Katrina Kaif, the gorgeous princess and Tabu the mesmeric, heart-broken wealthy ‘Queen’.
Kashmir never looked prettier – the autumn and snowy frames a visual delight (great work by Anay Goswami) ! The music score is super, sets the tone, the song Pashmina especially resonating. Even some of the art Aditya is shown creating is beautiful, breath-taking (some went over my head – the horse, for example - but there were others – the shikara, the black and white drawings - that were stunning). And Tabu works her magic – her look, her eyes and minimal gestures connecting a lot more than her hysterical moments.
I don’t get this kind of love – perhaps the problem is me – the one-sided, never-fading, the kind that lasts for years just on memories. Add to that the rich-poor angle, the bits about Kashmir (the bomb blasts, Indo-Pak relations) and the whole somber, brooding undertone, and you lost me
The main issue with the film though lies in the fact that, despite being only two years apart, Katrina looks like a nearby Cougar Aunty I know when romancing Aditya…and I mean this without in any way demeaning either of the two persons – it’s not that she looks old or anything – just the pair doesn’t work. She’s all grown-up, full-bodied, curvaceous woman while he’s still man-boy-child (with rippled abs, but that doesn’t change anything).
It’s not good for a romance flick, if the lead pair doesn’t click. No ?