“ Genre: Bollywood / Theatrical Release: 2006 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Kunal Kohli / Actors: Kajol, Aamir Khan, Tabu ... / DVD released 2006-07-17 at Prism Leisure Corporation / Features of the DVD: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL „
Fanaa came in with huge expectations because:a. Aamir Khan and Kajol cast opposite each other for the very first time.b. Kunal Kohli had proved to be one of the better directors with Hum Tum couple of years back. I was very excited,as usual with any Aamir Khan starrer!
Fanaa tells the story of Zooni(Kajol),a blind girl who comes to Delhi for a few days where she meets their tour guide Rehan Khan(Aamir Khan). Rehan is the typical charmer you get to see in indian films or atleast thats how he looks like from the outside! Zooni's admiration and love grows for Rehan who succumbs to her love and stops her from leaving Delhi only to disappear a few days later right when Zooni undergoes an eye surgery.Zooni's world is shattered into bits as there was a reported bomb blast which killed Rehan. Fast forward a few years and it is Rehan who comes in to Zooni's doorstep,drenched in blood and found in an army uniform. So where was Rehan all this years?Will Zooni recognize Rehan since she never knew how he looked? What secret does Rehan hold? Why did he disappear? What was more important than living his life with his beloved Zooni?
The first half belongs to a more typical romantic genre,there are plenty of light moments which will make you laugh. The chemistry between Aamir and Kajol is visible from the very start. Delhi's visuals never looked more lovely and the first half couldn't have been more entertaining.
The second half is where the film really digs in. Personally I love the whole concept, it feels like it has transpassed the genre barrier and such a film has never been tried in india atleast. The chemistry between Aamir and Kajol is nothing short of magic. I can go on and on about the scenes they share inside the house; the director focusses on the two characters only and such fantastic actors deserve such screen importance! The film has a terrorism/crime angle which doesn't really work much because it seems a bit half baked. Yes, the film has a lot of commercial trappings and would have probably been a better film if the film was realistically pitched. But above all, the film has amazing emotional quotient and the fantastic performances from both the actors carry a lot of depth and intensity.
Fanaa can be criticised by many,some might say the script has loopholes but it is one such film which I enjoy watching every time. The fire between the two characters is worth watching several times! On that note I think I will start watching it again!