Fanaa [English: Destroyed in love] is a Hindi film released in 2006, starring Aamir Khan and Kajol in pivotal roles. It is directed by Kunal Kohli who previously directed Hum Tum, and is produced under Yash Raj Films. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor, Kirron Kher, Tabu, and Shruti Seth.
Fanaa released on 26 May 2006, in India. Fanaa was banned in the state of Gujarat due to protests against the lead actor Aamir Khan. Aamir Khan plays the role of a tourist guide in Delhi while Kajol plays a Kashmiri blind girl. The movie was the first to showcase Aamir Khan and Kajols romantic pairing, even though they had acted together in Ishq in 1998. Many critics opined that the movie works largely due to the chemistry of the leads [see Reception below]. Films title is derived from Sufi term, Fanaa, [Arabic: annihilation].
Rishi Kapoor and Kiron Kher play the role of Kajols parents. The film marked the comeback of Kajol, who was last seen in Karan Johars film, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.
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Zooni Ali Beg [Kajol] is a blind Kashmiri girl who travels without her parents for the first time with a dance troupe to Delhi to perform in a ceremony for independence day. On her journey, she meets Rehan Khan [Aamir Khan], a casanova and tour guide who flirts with her. Although her friends warn Zooni about him, she cannot resist falling in love with him and he takes her on a private tour of New Delhi. But there is more to Rehan than meets the eye and Zooni will have to make a heartbreaking decision.
Years later, the terrorists are about to pull off a huge strike as a part of their plan. With parts stolen from India, Pakistan and Russia, they hope to build a nuclear explosive device. This device is capable of destroying a whole city -- New Delhi or Islamabad - within a ten mile radius. They will use it to pressure both countries into leaving Kashmir. A critical part is missing: the detonator or electronic "trigger" device. Rehan is to bring in this trigger.
Meanwhile, the mourning and guilt-ridden Zooni returns to Kashmir and is delivered of a baby boy, whom she names Rehan for his father.
Rehan infiltrates an Indian army unit that is taking the trigger back to Delhi to safeguard it from theft by the insurgents. During a helicopter transport in a remote area, he drugs his colleagues, takes the trigger, destroys the helicopter with a hand grenade and escapes by parachute. A key intelligence operative Malini Tyagi [Tabu] realizes who he is, but cannot deploy forces quickly enough to stop Rehan. He is wounded by the troops, but escapes. Tyagi orders a communications blackout in the area so that he will not be able to contact the IKF.
Exhausted, wounded, and incommunicado with a storm building, he seeks shelter in a remote house. He is shocked to find that the house belongs to Zooni and her father. Neither of them recognize him: Zooni had never seen Rehan as she was blind, and her father had never met him. The child Rehan is very taken with the man, and he likewise develops an affection for the little boy. Later, Rehan admits to his identity, though unable to explain what he has done for the seven years since they parted, or why he played dead. Nevertheless, he still loves Zooni and she loves him, and they marry in a simple ceremony performed by her father.
Soon afterward, through a TV broadcast, Zooni and her father both separately discover that Rehan is the terrorist for whom a manhunt is in progress. Her father tries to stop Rehan, taking him to an Army friends house so he can use his radio transmitter and then attempting to shoot him. Instead, Rehan accidentally kills him, then uses the radio to contact the IKF. The IKF tell him they will send a pick-up helicopter the next morning. Then, when the army officer discovers Rehan in his home, Rehan kills him too.
Zooni finds her father dead, floating by under the ice in the river near which Zooni and Rehan Jr are playing. When Rehan returns home, and tells her that her father is at the army officers house, she suspects that Rehan killed him. She takes the "trigger" to her fathers friends house, and radios the army. Tyagi apprises her of the seriousness of the danger, and the risk to millions of lives should the IKF get the device. Before the police or army arrives, Rehan finds her, and tries to convince her to give him the "trigger" so he can give it to his grandfather who is arriving by helicopter, telling her that this way they can have a happy future together. Unable to stop him any other way, Zooni shoots him,while saying "I love you Rehan". His grandfather is angered and aims to shoot Zooni, but Tyagi arrives in time with an Indian army helicopter and shoots the terrorist leader dead and his helicopter down with a pistol.
The final scene shows Zooni and little Rehan laying flowers on the graves of Rehan Senior and
Mr. Ali Beg. Zooni tells him that it is easy to choose between good and bad, but life sometimes presents two bad choices or two good ones and Rehan Jr kisses his fathers grave.
The film has grossed $22,175,908 worldwide. In India, the film grossed $17.7m, $187,187 from Australia,$2,18m from the British market and $2,105,352 from the US market.The direction of the movie received mixed reviews from critics. The critics however generally agreed on the performances of the main actors, Aamir Khan and Kajol, as well as their chemistry.
Aamir Khan while promoting his film in Gujarat made some comments regarding the Gujarat chief ministers handling of the Narmada Dam and the necessity to rehabilitate the displaced villagers. These comments were met with outrage from political parties such as BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] and the Indian National Congress.The government of Gujarat demanded an apology from Aamir Khan. Aamir Khan refused to apologize, saying "I am saying exactly what the Supreme Court has said. I only asked for rehabilitation of poor farmers. I never spoke against the construction of the dam. I will not apologise for my comments on the issue." An unofficial ban of Fanaa was put in place for the entire state of Gujarat. Protests also occurred against the film and Aamir Khan which included the burning of posters of the star in effigy. As a result, several multiplex owners stated that they could not provide security to customers. Thus, most theater owners in Gujarat refused to screen the movie.
Producer Aditya Chopra moved a petition to the Supreme Court of India asking them to direct the Gujarat government to provide protection to all cinema halls that wanted to screen the film, but it was rejected. Their response was that if a cinema was concerned for their protection they could call on the police.
Addressing the media, director Kunal Kohli said, "All theatre owners or exhibitors who wish to release this film can request for protection and the government should extend support. We as filmmakers request all theatre owners of Gujarat to come forward and release the film. We have earned 47 Crores [both domestic and overseas] in the first week and have lost approximately 6 to 7 crores of business in Gujarat. However its not about money... it is about a principle. As a democratic country where Aamir has a right to say what he feels, even the people of Gujarat, who are protesting have the right to say what they feel ... but in a democratic fashion, and not by burning posters and threatening people."
A single privately owned cinema in Jamnagar, Gujarat, screened the movie with police protection despite the threats. It ran for over a week before being withdrawn again following a self-immolation bid by a man protesting against the screening. The man, Pravin Joshi, entered the bathroom of the theatre during intermission of one of the screenings and set himself on fire. He suffered 85% burns and succumbed to his wounds 9 days later.
*Filmfare Best Actress Award - Kajol
*Best Male Playback - Shaan - Chand Sifarish
*Best Lyricist - Prasoon Joshi
Zee cine awards
*Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female - Kajol
*Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male - Shaan - Chand Sifarish
The film was originally planned to be shot in Kashmir before the lead heroine backed out due to the continuing insurgency in that region. The director chose to move the Kashmir segment to the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland, which also provides suitably snowy and mountainous terrain. It was filmed at certain historical locations in Delhi including the Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Qutub Minar, Purana Qila and Lodhi Gardens.
* Best Lyricist -Prasoon Joshi
* Best Male Playback- Shaan
Star screen awards
* Best Male Playback - Shaan
Source : Fanaa Wiki Page