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Fanaa
EDITOR RATING
1.0
Performances
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NA
NA
NA
NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
See, it’s like this. You have to think before writing a movie script.

Fanaa makes 2 strategic errors. First, its “hero” is a man who is trying to liberate Kashmir, and has no hesitation about killing hundreds, lakhs if necessary, of innocent Indians in the process. It’s not that he is a misguided man who eventually realizes the folly of his ways – he completely believes in his mission and is completely anti-India, till the very end. This is the man Fanaa tries to draw your sympathies toward.

Secondly, this “hero” is played by Aamir Khan. Someone who inspires most of India. Aamir Khan today legitimizes what he does. If he plays a Kashmir terrorist – again, not as a misguided, brainwashed person, but as a man who is completely dedicated to his mission, right till his death in the end – then he frames Kashmiri terrorists, who are waging war against India for Indian land and are killing helpless innocent Indians, in a halo.

We do not care if Kashmiri terrorists who kill innocent people have emotions. We do not care if they make sacrifices. We do not care if they have a justification for what they do. We do not care if they breathe or not. We do not care if they can provide for an interesting movie script.

Oh yes, we do care for the last. If someone makes a movie causing impressionable or uninformed minds in the audiences to feel sympathetic towards them to any degree, we’re going to scream anti-national. 1 / 5 is the lowest it gets on fullhyd.com.

If movie-making is about freedom of expression, then we can invite the ISI to make movies and release them here next.

Hopefully, this was all a plain thoughtless mistake. We do not even want to think otherwise.

Its blunderous script is not the only ill plaguing Fanaa anyway. But first, here is the tale. Rehan Qadri (Aamir Khan) is a Kashmiri terrorist who has masterminded the growth of the IKF (Independent Kashmir Front) from a boutique barbarians’ hut to a systems-driven global operation that is planning to kill everyone in the world to “liberate” Kashmir.

In one of his avatars, he is a guide in Delhi who has to escort the blind Kashmiri girl Zooni Ali Baig (Kajol), who’s come with her friends from Kashmir to perform for the Republic Day in Delhi.

He immediately charms Zooni with his wit and wordplay, and the first half has the courtship waltzing its way through a series of soulful Urdu shers rendered through brilliant performances by two of Bollywood’s best.

Zooni is completely in love, but when she declares it, Rehan tells her that women for him are like cities – he savors his stay in each, then moves on. Zooni is heart-broken, but asks him to spend a last 12 hours with her before she leaves for home.

After initial reluctance, Rehan promises to make these the best 12 hours of her life. This is when the film’s creativity runs dry. You’re wondering how a man can deliver on a promise to give a woman “the best 12 hours of her life”, but Rehan just sleeps with her and then goes to sleep.

His emotions take over Rehan the next morning, and he decides to give in to her. Zooni’s thrilled, and he even gets her eyes operated upon which restores her vision. But when she opens her eyes, she is told that he’s been killed in a terrorist strike, something Rehan plans to get her to get over him.

The movie moves to 7 years later in one unconvincing frame, when Rehan is being hunted down in Kashmir by India’s Anti-Terrorist Squad for stealing a trigger for a nuclear bomb. Severely injured, he coincidentally lands at the door of Zooni’s house, where she’s living with her father (Rishi Kapoor) and kid from Rehan, also named Rehan. She, of course, cannot recognize him.

Hereon, the film is the staple Yashraj diet of mushy clich├ęs, some of which want to make you quickly throw up and come back – like when Zooni puts her hand on the unconscious Rehan’s chest and feels something connecting her with his heart. Or when the kid says, “Can I call him father?”

The second half has zero soul, and zero chemistry between Aamir and Kajol. It was a treat when Shah Rukh got back with Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. This one totally lacks the situations, the expressions, the energy or the humor.

Besides, it doesn’t help that you want Aamir Khan to die from when you see him ruthlessly butchering the Indian Army’s commados.

Yes, the big problem with Fanaa is that it doesn’t have a hero – it only has a villain, who the makers are trying to pass off as hero. You’re confused about what you should do for most of the second half, then you are relieved when the inevitable happens – i. e. the films ends.

A way to salvage Fanaa would have been Aamir turning against his own tribe and anihilating them in the end. Alas, he just dies a diehard jihadi.

Aside of its existential drawback, Fanaa suffers from poor characterization of Aamir’s role, limited humor, a plot that reeks of tragedy from fairly early on, some cloying senti in the 2nd half, and bad chemistry between the lead pair, even if they are individually brilliant actors. Some dialogues are good, but they can only manage to put the film on life support. There are some magnificent visuals of Poland and even Delhi, and the music by Jatin-Lalit is decent.

This one will only live as long as its star power is still ahead of its reputation.
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  • Cast
    Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor, Kiron Kher, Tabu, Lillette Dubey, Satish Shah
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    Kunal Kohli
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Sumi on 16th Nov 2006, 6:37am | Permalink
Let's review your review. Have you ever thought that the movie was NOT trying to portray Aamir as a Hero? I think that Kajol was the true "hero" in the movie. And yes he did kill many innocent people. BUT that IS what happens. And even though we did feel some sympathy at the end it didn't change the fact that Kajol HAD to kill him. You're right he was brainwashed and when he "fell in love" he didn't know what he wanted and he kept his profession his priority. That is also how it is in real life. The director was merely portraying this. I disagree when you say that the is no chemistry and no soul. There was no humor in it because it was not meant to be funny but serious. A movie doesn't necessarily need to have a well-defined hero in it's script. It's about how it's presented...in this case rather well. Perhaps it is a bit too hard for you too understand the credibility this movie deserves.



"A way to salvage Fanaa would have been Aamir turning against his own tribe and anihilating them in the end. Alas, he just dies a diehard jihadi."



This comment did make me laugh. That ending would be ridiciulous. Thank God you are not a director. That would be a typically, unrealistic ending. The ending was EXCELLENT. Aamir and Kajol had amazing chemistry and both did VERY GOOD acting. I think the audience felt more sympathy for Kajol than they did for Aamir at the end. But hey, everyone is entitled to their opinions. I personally, think this was a great movie.
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10
Mia M on 1st Aug 2006, 7:56am | Permalink
What a dumb review. It was such an awesome movie - so totaly different from th eeveryday only love storis, IT WAS SO CUTE! :O What was the lil kids real mname thugh? I LOVE HIM! :D
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10
Sangeeta on 18th Jun 2006, 10:54am | Permalink
The movie is no where as bad as your review makes it sound!
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6
Suresh on 15th Jun 2006, 8:10am | Permalink
my foot
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2
Ather Masood on 13th Jun 2006, 10:55pm | Permalink
Bismillah. This is the first Indian Film I have watched in a long time. And I must say it did a great job in attempting to understand events, social, political, and the dynamics that has been created in our world today. It is funny to me that when an "Desi," actor makes a serious film pertaining to some of the problems we face currently, there is all sorts of problems. Essentially, thru the movie we see and possibly understand what motivates people to reach such despair as to kill, maim, and hurt other people for some justification. With Faana we see the beginning of a social consious develop amongst actors/Actresses who are bringing their enormous talent to cause viewers to think think... about the ramifications of, not only, those who turn to violence for political objectives BUT the cost of that same violence towards the people who carry that same action out. Such movies and their objective needs to be pursued for a new day to come to Cinema.
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10
Shreya Sharma on 13th Jun 2006, 10:43pm | Permalink
simply sucks. worst movie in my life.
RATING
2
Inzi Here on 5th Jun 2006, 10:05pm | Permalink
atlast pakistani film made in india
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10
S K on 5th Jun 2006, 7:38pm | Permalink
I think it's a fine movie. I like the way Aamir Khan picks his subject matter of late. It's very nationalistic & captures wishes of masses well
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10
DalluAndNarsi Basher on 4th Jun 2006, 2:45pm | Permalink
Dallu and Narsi, just understand that even creativity has limits. If you like the movie that much, then go to Kashmir and become one more Rehan. Dont unnecessarily write shit here.
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2
Dallu Mama on 3rd Jun 2006, 2:15pm | Permalink
I agree with Narsi

There are lot of reviews made which are totally personal to the reviwer.

Rating for the review
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2
Narsi on 2nd Jun 2006, 11:47am | Permalink
This is the last review that I am going to read on fullhyd site. As a reviewer, you should see how the director has prseented the movie with his script rather than you deciding how the script/movie should be. And I am not sure on what basis you have come to a conclsion that that hero can not be terrorist. May be you should understand the basics first before writing these kind of reviews. Aamir and Kajol has done full justice to their roles and these roles need not always positive. Infact, it is the second half of the movie that has soul and much better than first half. Though I will not read reviews again in fullhyd, it is my sincere suggestion either you improve writing unbiased review or stop writing reviews.
RATING
8
Krishna on 29th May 2006, 3:09pm | Permalink
whatever this kind of movies should not be ecouraged.
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4
Athadu Here on 29th May 2006, 12:58pm | Permalink
shakuni, okay sorry abut that crap bit. nobody is talking about terrorists. we are talking about making someone who kills innocent citizens seem like a hero. thatis wht fanaa does.



again, azad and bhagatsigh never killed innocent citizesn. they did not go to london and bomb theatres and markets. they attacked the rulers, in the parliament.



you have aproblem with india, attack the armed forces who are trained to fight and who protect this country, not innocent citizesn who ahve nothing to do with anything.



i have nothing to say abot the kashmiri terrorists' cause. you kill innocent citizens, you are bad. no cause justfies that.



i think the review is also saying that, which is why it is fair:



"has no hesitation about killing hundreds, lakhs if necessary, of innocent Indians in the process."



"he frames Kashmiri terrorists, who are waging war against India for Indian land and are killing helpless innocent Indians, in a halo."



"it only has a villain, who the makers are trying to pass off as hero."




exactly my point. it is not about the film having a villian. it is about showcasing him as a hero, and trying to generate sympathy.
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2
The Editor on 29th May 2006, 12:46pm | Permalink
Shakuni: Thank you for pointing out the bug. We'll look it up.



We request everyone to avoid flames.
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2
Lucifer on 29th May 2006, 12:46pm | Permalink
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. It is only a difference in perspective.



That said, I am not glorifying violence of any kind. I have not seen the movie either. But a movie's story clashing with your beliefs is not reason enough to give it a low rating.
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6
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