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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 exploring their architecture and the women. Her friends warn her against this good-for-nothing roadside Romeo, but she chooses to ignore them. She is not one to be protected. It is now her time to discover life, and love. Is this really the right choice? Rehan is fascinated by Zooni. He truly wants her to see life as it should be seen, in its many colors -- and as he promises her, the time spent with him will be the most precious in all her life. Zooni sees Delhi, life and love like she never has before, because of Rehan. What Zooni doesn't know is that Rehan has another side of his life that he has kept from her - something that cannot only change her life, but can also destroy it.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$2,047,752.00
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Cast

Aamir Khan
as Rehan, Rehan Qadri / Khan
Kajol
as Zooni Ali Beg / Zooni Rehan Qadri
Tabu
as Dr. Malini Tyagi
Shiney Ahuja
as as Major Suraj Ahuja
Rishi Kapoor
as Zulfikar Ali Beg
Kiron Kher
as Nafisa Ali Beg
Master Ali Haji
as Rehan Qadri Jr.
Sharat Saxena
as Susheel Rawat
Ahmad Khan
as Naana Jaan
Satish Shah
as Colonel Maan Singh
Shruti Seth
as Fatimah/Fatty
Gautami Kapoor
as Rubina/Ruby
Sanaya Irani
as Mehbooba/Bobo
Jaspal Bhatti
as Jolly Singh
Vrajesh Hirjee
as Balwant
Suresh Menon
as Venkateshwar Atti Cooper Rao
Ahmed Khan
as Nana
Shishir Sharma
as Defence minister
Salim Shah
as Defence Secretary
Naveen Bawa
as Aakash
Deepak Saraf
as Chief minister
Sohrab Ardeshir
as Eye Doctor
Lara Dutta
as Zeenat
Puneet Vasishtha
as Captain Ijaz Khan
Deepak Shroff
as Chief Minister
Puneet Vasishta
as Captain Ijaz Khan
Savita Bhatti
as Tourist at Humayun's Tomb
Akshai Puri
as Nana's Associate
Abhay Singh
as Nana's Associate
Rupali Tiwari
as TV Reporter
Nitin Shingal
as Captain Ranjeev
Prubidal Singh Pannu
as Officer in Chopper
Anix Vyas
as Officer in Chopper
Raxit Patel
as Officer in Chopper
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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?

June 1, 2006
Newsday
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
BBC.com

Audience Reviews for Fanaa

½

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
Heather Metzger
½

Half the honors go to Aamir & his leading lady; half the dishonors go to the really bizarre plot. Music=disposable. Go watch 'Lagaan' again instead.

Claudine Jones
Claudine Jones

"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
Steven Vincent Gee

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