Monday, June 05, 2006

Fanaa - Movie Review (Hindi)

Aamir Khan has so far successfully resisted working with Yash productions and I believe that is for a good reason. After watching Fanaa, you just wished the director (Kunal Kohli) hadn't made such a mess of the storyline and script. In an interview, Aamir Khan mentioned that this was one of the best scripts he had come across. I beg to disagree. It was probably the fat paycheque that persuaded him to do this movie. No complaints about Aamir and Kajol though. Only reason the movie is even watchable is due to their electric presence and the magic they bring to the screen. I guess it's become a cliche to say that it's the story and not the stars that make or break a movie and this one proves it to the core.

Fanaa happens to deal with the conflict between one's love for his cause and his lady. The script is so convoluted that, at the end, it's still not clear what choice the hero makes. Aamir Khan plays Rehan Qadri, a Kashmiri working as a tourist guide in Delhi where he comes across Kajol (Zooni Ali Baig), who is visually impaired, and is a part of a group from Kashmir in Delhi to perform in front of the President during republic day celebrations. Aamir is immediately smitten and Kajol too realises that this is the guy for her. The best part of the movie is the interplay between these two characters during the first 45 minutes when they fall in love. Aamir Khan plays a lovable rogue reciting shayari with such aplomb that reminds you of his boyish mischievnouss in his earlier movies. Soon after they decide to get married and Kajol undergoes an operation to restore her eyesight. Just immediately after the operation, she is told that Aamir got killed in an explosion caused by IKF (some kashmiri terrorist group). It is here that movie goes completely haywire. Through media reports, we have learnt that Aamir plays a terrorist in the movie. Kajol is led to believe that Aamir died in the terrorist attach while we are shown Aamir Khan planning some other operation in Bangkok.

Seven years later, through an amazing co-incidence, Aamir Khan lands on the door steps of Kajol in Kashmir. This is where I will stop revealing the story and will leave you guys with the pleasure of having to watch the tortuous 45 minutes that leads to the climax. I have never been a fan of Yash Chopra/Johar movies as they try to wring every inch of emotion out of you through excessive melodrama and unrealistic storylines. Huge credit must go to Aamir and Kajol, one, for taking up the movie, and two, for making it watchable to a large extent. One thing that will leave you smiling is the picturisation of the song "chand sifarish" where Aamir displays all his trademark roguishness. Enjoy it as there may not be much else to enjoy in this movie.


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3 comments so far...

Tharini said...

Hmm...So that means...you might as well watch it on DVD...

Your reviews are getting to be good and very to-the-point. I think I'll stop visiting India Glitz and just come here! :)

My Reflections said...

buddy, the review iss too good. to be frank with u, i havent read even one review as i didnt want even anyone to gv me any ideas abt it bef framing mine after watching. i read urs, liked ur review as i started comparing ur thoughts with few more frs who mentioned the same aspects.

Now it s time up for me to go book my tickets n watch it too..my review will follow in another week's time.

Balaji said...

U are just ensuring I dont watch any movies nowadays even by mistake. First it was Da Vinci Code, then MI 3, and now Fanaa!!! Anyways thanks for the review and good work on the review writing. You have an alternative career waiting for you in this field!!!