Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Fanaa (2006)
12aContains moderate violence

Featuring comedic one-liners, tear-jerking drama, romance, overblown action aplenty, and a generous dose of patriotic fervor, Fanaa is pure Bollywood in its most cliché-ridden form. A weak script and poor direction are thankfully compensated for by flashes of inspiring cinematography and an astounding display of histrionics, courtesy of its stars Aamir Khan and Kajol who convey lucidly the internal conflict that wages in a man and a woman torn between love and politics.

Eager to cultivate a sense of independence in their blind daughter Zooni (Kajol), her parents send her on a trip to Delhi. It's here that Zooni and the flirtatious tour guide Rehan (Aamir Khan) fall in love. Rehan is killed in a terrorist attack but seven years later he resurfaces in an altogether new guise when fate brings him once more to Zooni's door...

"TENDER AND INTENSELY CHILLING"

Director Kunal Kohli should be glad Aamir and Kajol signed for this film, for there would be no film without them. Aamir more than earns his wage, adeptly switching from city lothario, to full on action star and adversary. The hugely accomplished Kajol is no less mesmerising and the two share an unexpected chemistry, resulting in moments that are at once, tender and intensely chilling. Further bolstered by a strong supporting cast, it is the contrived script that is the film's downfall.

Worryingly reminiscent of The Hero - Story Of A Spy, Fanaa falls into the realm of disposable melodrama, yet is rendered strangely entertaining thanks to Aamir and Kajol.

In Hindi with no subtitles.

End Credits

Director: Kunal Kohli

Writer: Shibani Bathija

Stars: Aamir Khan, Kajol , Kirron Kher, Rishi Kapoor, Tabu , Lara Dutta

Genre: Bollywood, Drama

Length: 168 minutes

Cinema: 26 May 2006

Country: India

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