Fitoor: Aditya Roy Kapoor-Katrina Kaif Give Us Reasons To Hit The Gym

Fitoor, an Urdu word for unsoundness of the mind, usually used when talking about situations denoting passion for someone or something. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor (director of Kai Po Che! and Rock On..!!), this film is said to be based on the love story of Pip and Estella from Great Expectations. In Bollywoodian scenario, Pip becomes Noor and Estella becomes Firdaus.

The film is beautiful, a pleasure for the eyes. The story, of course is yet to be known, since there are undertones of a political warfare set in white Kashmir. The promotional posters of the film had Katrina Kaif dressed in a pure white garb as she stands getting camouflaged by the snow with only her blazing red hair providing contrast. The trailer talks about the red of the Chinar (tree) and perhaps there is a metaphorical reference to the look of the film’s leading lady, who, I have to admit is looking nothing short of a Goddess.

Aditya Roy Kapoor played a man much-in-love in Aashiqui 2, but Fitoor shows him as more than just a lovesick puppy, and I’m sure glad to see this side of the VJ-turned-Actor. What’s notable is how the actors have worked so hard on their respective bodies that with every movement, slow or swift, you can see the muscles and the cuts, carefully carved and sculpted like they are real-life statues of beauty and grace.

The music of Fitoor, composed by Amit Trivedi is good, but definitely not his best work. When we think Amit Trivedi, the first thought that crosses our minds is a Dev.D or Lootera. Except Pashmina and Yeh Fitoor Mera, there is nothing to drive home about. Both songs, however, have something more special than just its tune. And that is the leading pair of the film, who are blending together like paint on a canvas. Watch Pashmina to see where Katrina Kaif has brought herself from being a pretty actress oft-ridiculed for her non-Hindi speaking ways (like a British National was expected to be the Paro of the yesteryears or something) or her thunder thighs to her lithe frame and remarkable yet flawed dancing skills in this love song which is winner in all departments, including the lyrics. What we see so far are several  metaphorical references in the songs including this one:

In 2:14 to 2:19, one can see how Firdaus (paint, color of Noor’s life) meets Noor (painter, canvas).

Nonetheless, the film will give you reasons to read and listen to soulful music, but that aside, it will also make you pledge to take care of yourself and aspire to look good in 2016. What do you think? That could be our ‘fitoor’.

Infact, come to think of it, was this breathtaking chemistry the reason for Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif’s recent split up? Let’s hope not. Infact, I recently read that Aditya is playing cupid to these estranged lovers, and we are supporting this cause virtually. 🙂


In And Around South Bombay – Part 2

Long overdue, second instalment of pictures from one of my solitary walks around town.

Walks, I believe, are one of the best things you can do on your own. It clears your mind of daily clutter, helps you think ahead and obviously, work out. It is but a beautiful thing to find your company with yourself, it pinches less when there are fewer people who stay around you, with or without choice.


Especially if you’re the kinds who truly embraces independence, it doesn’t get better than this. So while not many would know yet, walking to some of the best locales around the world, is one of those crazy things on my bucket list.

Most of what I know of Mumbai (fondly and always called as Bombay) is via the several explorations on foot.


Stay tuned while I bring you some more of those nuances of daily life in the city.


For Part I, click here

P.S. Some of these pictures have been taken from a different phone, albeit with a slightly ineffective camera hence the haziness. In a lot of cases, it is the Bombay Smog also.


In And Around South Bombay – Part I

It’s been by far a pleasant day, a nice well-spent Sunday. But as I was walking out from St. Xavier’s this evening, I realized I must use the light just before the sun set and invited the dusk, transforming into the night. Those who’ve lived in Bombay city would agree that the sun hardly sets on one’s life here. You can make yourself so busy and make optimal use of time that it feels bad to see when one cannot, or does not.

I am, however, not judging anyone’s choices. As far as my thoughts go, I’d like you to know me better. And like I promised many months ago, open up aspects of South Bombay as I see it, to all of you out there.

Here’s Part I. 

WP_20160110_001The beautiful Victoria Terminus, now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 1715 hours. The clock tower continues to show the correct time, several years later. It has also been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. WP_20160110_004The vast expanse of Azad Maidan that is a favorite haunt for several cricket (and other sports) enthusiasts.  WP_20160110_009Notice the archway in this pristine old building. Many buildings that await restoration boast of architecture of this kind. WP_20160110_005This famous street transports several office and college-going crowd every day. The building houses a well-known company. The beauty captured from my camera… priceless. Leave it to your imagination to decipher the picture’s meaning, like creative liberty.WP_20160110_008A tree-lined road. A standard black-and-yellow-taxi and much more in one picture. Not WP_20160110_006Just a slight angle different than the picture above, only with the sunlight pouring in from the West. WP_20160110_002VT (Victoria Terminus) once again, camera angle a tad-right.WP_20160110_012As you walk down these roads, you come to realize it’s one better than the next, or they’re just sisters of the same fraternity. WP_20160110_011Notice the pleasant-looking balcony in this building. Great architecture, yes. But a great setting a fabulous romantic story also, perhaps. WP_20160110_007A few steps beyond, with the heart aflutter after pleasing one’s eyes to the beauty that this city within a greater city is. WP_20160110_003One of the branches of Deutsche Bank (the HQ) in a (thankfully) restored vintage building. WP_20160110_010

Another one of those with the lovely balcony. 

Read Part II here…