Fittrat Review: Where excessive melodrama spoils the broth

Fittrat Review: Where excessive melodrama spoils the broth

That day is not very far when Aditya Seal would be typecast as the rich brat who cheats on the best friend/ girlfriend with a middle-class girl. Fittrat had all the necessary elements; the costume design, the sets, and most importantly, a well-rehearsed script. However, when you imagine this same piece of work being directed by Zoya Akhtar or Gauri Shinde, you can visually experience the subtraction of the excessive elements. Sadly, this was a series which started in one direction but ended on a completely different note. Tarini and Amreeta hail from extremely different backgrounds, but that doesn’t come in the way of adolescent friendship. Amreeta is well aware that Tarini is a gold digger but she doesn’t mind that because the former may be poor and has her goals set for something that is otherwise frowned upon, but Amreeta manages to forgive her, mainly because Tarini is honest about her goals and intentions. The formula is simple. Narrate a story with a heavy beat background, panning mid-shots of characters entering the frame, add in a lot of cuss words and that goes a long way. Now imagine the narration without the background score and suddenly you just lose your attention, because the actors are hardly making an effort to keep up with an otherwise well-written script. Fittrat remains the honest story of a gold digger who seeks the help of a journalist to expose the rich and mighty who humiliated her for no fault of her own. Just like any other journalist, her story slips away from between her fingers each time she gets too close to it. Fittrat has a different definition of poverty. The father of the poor girl, Tarini owns a turquoise Contessa, a bungalow at the hill station and goes to a boarding school in Missouri. (For the uninitiated, a boarding school at a hill station has higher fees than regular day schools in the city). In this school, the girls are allowed to keep their hair untied even with their school uniform. Both Krystal D Souza and Anuskha Ranjan try hard to dig deep into their characters but nothing about their friendship and lifestyle reaches your heart. We understand that Amreeta may be the heiress to the throne of one of the crony capitalists of South Delhi, but that fails to convince us, why she would wake up with make-up inside her own house. Made In Heaven was based on the same kind of privileged people. There was something natural about Tara and Faiza’s fake smiles and friendship which made us want to see them on screen. At one point, Faiza even says, ‘We don’t work, we are rich.’ Fittrat follows a similar formula. While the men arrange the meetings, the women enjoy a cosy moment at the pool in their bikinis. But Anushka Ranjan and Krystal D Souza appear more enthralled about being seen in expensive costumes at luxurious places. Not just the cast, even director Santosh Singh got too immersed in the glamorous world that he forgot to cut down on the number of slow-motion shots, which added no extra substance to the otherwise well-written content. If any of the cast members were seen giving the real kind of effort, they were the mother-in-law, played by Divya Seth, Kitu Gidwani, Priyanka Bhatia who played Mallika Kapoor. Sadly, they were only a part of the sub-plot. If Fittrat gets a season 2, we hope it focuses more on these three actors, who despite playing shallow roles managed to stick to the script and do their job brilliantly. Rating: 2/5


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