Fanaa (2006)




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Choices... to choose between right or wrong is simple, but what defines one's life is the decision between the greater of two goods or the lesser of two evils. This is the advice that Zooni Ali Beg receives from her father just as she is about to venture out into the world on her own for the very first time. Little does she know that these very words will shape her life. Zooni, a blind Kashmiri girl, meets Rehan Qadri, a local tour guide and an incorrigible flirt, who goes from city to city … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Shibani Bathija
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
Box Office: $2.0M
Yash Raj Films - Official Site


as Rehan

as Zooni

as Dr. Malini Tyagi

as Dr. Malini Tyagi

as Zooni's Father

as Nafisa Ali Beg

as Zooni's Mother

as Susheel Rawat

as Jolly Singh

as Zeenat

as Colonel Mann Singh

as Rao, Cooper

as Eye Doctor

as Defence Secretary

as Defence Secretary

as Chief Minister

as Captain Ijaz Khan

as Tourist at Humayun's...

as Nana's Associate

as Nana's Associate

as TV Reporter

as Captain Ranjeev

as Officer in Chopper

as Officer in Chopper

as Officer in Chopper
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Critic Reviews for Fanaa

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Fanaa mines this conceit with an operatic extravagance -- and a body count -- that the Korean pulpmeister Park Chan Wook would envy.

June 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

To resort to strictly ethnocentric references, Fanaa is equal parts MGM extravaganza, Shakespeare lite and James Bond. In their heart of hearts, isn't that what movie audiences really want?

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
Top Critic

The sheer exuberant star power of this movie's early scenes of romance and lip-synching among the national monuments is irresistible.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Anyone who feels that the summer's first few blockbusters have been overly predictable should give Fanaa a try.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Film Journal International

... Fanaa falls into the realm of disposable melodrama, yet is rendered strangely entertaining thanks to Aamir and Kajol.

Full Review… | June 6, 2006

Audience Reviews for Fanaa

"May my breath find shelter in your heart... / may me life be destroyed in your love." - Zooni Z. Baig

Fanaa is a complex movie. Aamir Khan has continued his trend of working on unusual plots and delivering extraordinary performances and Kajol has outshone Aamir Khan on many occasions in the movie. The emotional intensity of the movie gets to the core of the viewer's heart. It may help people to look at the Kashmir issue from a different angle but it does certainly portray one fact, and that is a seemingly ruthless terrorist can actually be a simple and kind man fighting for his land's freedom. For him, making judgement on greater good or lesser evil is a constant struggle. Even though Rehan Qadri (Aamir Khan) did not derail from his cause (terorrism apparently) till the last breath in his body, he will draw sympathy from the viewers. The splendor of light, sound and colors in big budget Hindi movies is achieving new heights every day. Viewers will be simply spellbound to the screen during most of the song sequences. The music of the movie was like a breath of fresh air. The viewers will also enjoy a ride of convincing and innovative action sequences. The first half of the movie could have been made better though. Sometimes the pace felt a little off. The constant exchange of poetry did feel irritating at times. Overall the movie is certainly worth watching and, compared to most of the Hindi movies, quite a unique one.

Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer


A great movie. Fascinating love story with intriguing story plots. Aamir Khan, Kajol, and Tabu are all remarkable in this movie. Great music.

Leo L

Super Reviewer


This movie feels like two entirely different stories. The first half is focused on the couple as they fall in love. The characters are a blind girl and a tour guide with a laid back personality. Then everything changes and the girl can now see and she has a little boy. The friendly tour guide, believed to be dead, is now a broody, injured soldier. Just when things start to fall back into place for this couple the tragic ending rips them apart yet again.

Heather Metzger

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