Who wouldâve thought that it would take a filmmaker like Kunal Kohli to bring 2 superstars of the 90s together for the first time? Itâs a big fact that Fanaa is Aamir Khan and Kajolâs first movie together as a romantic pair; they previously starred in ISHQ, but not opposite each other. Either way, just that fact alone makes Fanaa a movie to watch once. Other reasons the movie got curiosity over the last few months was that this is Kunalâs third venture after his superhit Hum Tum (winning several awards and even beating mentor Yash Chopra for BEST DIRECTOR). Finally, a topic like terrorism is given the back seat as the characters are given new grounds to venture in.
Fanaa begins with the journey of a blind girl named Zooni (Kajol) who heads off for a show with her friends to New Dehli. Within the initial reels Zooni falls for the charming tourguide Rehan (Aamir Khan) who drops shayari (poetry) to woo our heroine. It may seem a bit over the top, but it got quite a few cheers from the audience. So, Zooni has fallen for Rehan, but he doesnât reciprocate right away, as he is just in flirtation mode. Zooni is beginning to feel more alive with Rehan, and he wants to show her the beauty of New Dehli. Slowly, he begins to realize her importance in his life, although its obvious he is distant for a reason.
On the last day of the tour, when Zooni has to leave, Rehan finally succumbs to love and they both decide to get married. The first half is the typical love-song story, all is well in wonderland as Zooniâs parents, played by Rishi Kapoor and Kiron Kher, agree to the marriage and Zooni goes through a retinal replacement surgery in order to see again. However, Zooni opens her eyes to discover that Rehan has been killed in a bomb blast. It comes as no shock, as intermission is near, that Rehan is a top-notch terrorist being hunted by authorities.
We warp to 7 years later, where after a exhaustive snow chase, Rehan meets Zooni again. What happens next is the be watched as the viewer is not bored with trivial terrorism, but a real story unfolds. The ending may be shocking to many people, but it is necessary to make a significant impact to keep the movie on your mind long after its over.
Rishi Kapoor makes a good father figure, Kiron Kher is good as well (in a short and sweet role). Lara Duttaâs sequence is unnecessary and should be edited out to make the film more solid. Shiny Ahuja and Tabu are wasted (anyone couldâve played their parts). 2 characters named Fatty and Bobo make an impact as Kajolâs friends in the first half.
Technically, the film is like any other YashRaj films, where the production values are high. Cinematography by Ravi K. Chandran is the main highlight as we get to see the majestic New Dehli and Poland (disguised as Kashmir). Art Direction by Nitish Roy is stunning, especially in the song âMere Haath Meinâ. Story and screenplay by Shibani Bhatija tends to be a bit implausible at times, but yet, she makes up for it with a brilliant second half. On the editing side, the film needs to be trimmed, because the long length of the film tends to get tedious near the end. The visual effects leave much to be desired and look sloppy in some portions. Background score by Salim-Suleiman suits the storyâs theme.
Jatin-Lalitâs music actually is better in the movie and should gain more popularity in the next few days. âChand Sifarishâ and âMere Haath Meinâ are both addictive and visually appealing songs in the movie. Finally, compliments to Kunal Kohli for writing dialogues to suit the main characters and make us feel their emotional impact. Also, his direction and vision is captured in a way that shows that this filmmaker has matured and he has extracted some award worthy performances from the main characters.
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