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Fanaa
Director: Kunal Kohli
Cast:
Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor, Kirron Kher, Tabu, Shruti Seth, Master Ali Haji
Length:
2hrs 48mins
Release:
Contains moderate violence
Release:
26th May 2006 by Yash Raj Films, London
12 certcamera
Aamir Khan and Kajol in Fanaa
Aamir Khan and Kajol in Fanaa
Fanaa is an exhilarating and engrossing experience.
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This Yash Raj offering revolves around Zooni (Kajol), a blind Kashmiri girl. She travels to Delhi with a dance troupe to take part in Republic Day celebrations.

During her short visit, she comes across Rehan (Aamir), a tour guide and a womaniser.

Fascinated by Zooni's beauty, Rehan romances her and in no time, she falls in love with him. They soon get married.

Rehan takes it upon himself to bring Zooni's sight back. So he takes her to an eye surgeon.

But as she is being treated, she receives news about an attack on the Parliament House. She later finds that Rehan was one of the innocent citizens who died in this incident.

Concerned about her welfare, Zooni's parents come to her aid. They take her back to Kashmir where they hope she will forget her past.

But we find that Rehan is not actually dead. He is a militant who is involved in a possible nuclear attack.

Soon, fate brings this lad back to his wife's doorstep in the midst of a raging storm.

Once again past deeds are forgotten as Zooni and Rehan rediscover themselves. But when Rehan's true identity is revealed, it is up to Zooni to make a decision whether to carry on with this relationship.

The first half of the film is full of fun and joy as the two characters experience love for the first time.

Post intermission we find serious scenes involving long silences during which we see through the eyes of the characters.

One minor detail which is overlooked by the director - why Zooni is unable to recognise Rehan's voice upon his return?

But such a mistake can easily be overlooked considering Fanaa's brilliant screenplay and dialogue delivery. Simply superb!

This is further complemented by the excellent cinematography which captures the the beauty of Poland as it represents Kashmir in some of the scenes.

Musical score by Jatin-Lalit blends well with the story.

It goes without saying that Aamir Khan and Kajol have given an excellent performance.

Kajol plays her part of a blind Kashmiri girl with conviction whilst Aamir Khan looks the part of a street smart Romeo.

A special mention goes to Master Ali Haji who plays Kajol's son in the film. The audience will love him!

Once again, Kunal Kohli hits the bull's-eye with Fanaa after his box office hit, Hum Tum. This reaffirms his position as one of Bollywood's most respectable directors.

Only two weeks from its initial release, Fanaa entered the UK film charts at number 6 and grossed an amazing £784,089. Well worth seeing!

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent
 
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