Fanaa (2006 film)

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Directed byKunal Kohli
Produced byAditya Chopra
Written byKunal Kohli (Dialogue)
Screenplay byShibani Bathija
Story byShibani Bathija
StarringAamir Khan
Rishi Kapoor
Kirron Kher
Sharat Saxena
Music bySongs:
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Edited byRitesh Soni
Yash Raj Films
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 26 May 2006 (2006-05-26) (India)
Running time
169 minutes
Budget30 crore[1]
Box office101–105 crore[2][3][1]

Fanaa (transl. Destroyed in Love) is a 2006 Indian Hindi-language romantic thriller film, directed by Kunal Kohli and produced by Yash Raj Films. The film stars Aamir Khan and Kajol, with Rishi Kapoor, Tabu, Kirron Kher and Sharat Saxena in supporting roles.

Khan plays the role of a tourist guide in New Delhi named Rehan Khan, while Kajol plays a blind Kashmiri woman, Zooni Ali Beg. Both fall in love, but are separated by a terrorist attack that reportedly kills Rehan. It is later revealed that he was not killed, but is in fact a Kashmiri insurgent whose real name is Rehan Qadri, and is the mastermind behind the attacks. Seven years later, his organization, known as the "IKF", sends him on a mission in Kashmir, where he once again, in a strange fate, meets Zooni.

Fanaa was one of the most expensive Bollywood films during its time of release. The film's title is derived from the Islamic Sufi term "fanaa", meaning "destroyed" in Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Hindi. Khan and Kajol were put into a romantic pairing for the first time with this film. It also marked the comeback of Kajol, who was last seen in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001).

Fanaa was released in on 26 November 2006. The film was banned in the state of Gujarat due to protests against Aamir Khan for his comments criticising the Gujarat government. Nevertheless, Fanaa received positive reviews and became a commercial success.[4][5][6]


Zooni Ali Beg (Kajol) is a blind Kashmiri woman who travels for the first time with her friends, Mehbooba (Sanaya Irani), Rubina (Gautami Kapoor) and Fatimah (Shruti Seth) to New Delhi to perform in a ceremony for Republic Day. On her journey, she meets Rehan Khan (Aamir Khan), a tour guide who flirts with her. Although her friends warn Zooni about him, she falls in love. On her last night in Delhi, Rehan and Zooni spend the night together and end up in bed. As Zooni is leaving the next day, Rehan comes and takes her away with him. Her parents arrive in Delhi to marry them. Zooni has a procedure done that helps her see again, but when she comes out of surgery, she finds out that Rehan was killed in a bomb blast in the city.

Malini Tyagi (Tabu) is a special intelligence agent brought in to assess the threat of the bomb blast, and the group responsible, an independent organization fighting for an independent Kashmir known as IKF. It is revealed that Rehan is the man who placed the bomb blast in motion, then faked his death so Zooni wouldn't come looking for him. He admits that he loves Zooni, but also concedes that he can never see her again because of his dangerous life.

Seven years later, Rehan is on another mission for the IKF. IKF has acquired a nuclear weapon but needs to get hold of the trigger, which is in the army's possession. Rehan steals it, but Tyagi has figured out his plan and sends forces to stop him. In the ensuing shootout, Rehan is injured. He makes his way to a remote house for help. It turns out to be Zooni's house. Zooni had become pregnant after Rehan's supposed death and has given birth to and raised her and Rehan's son. Zooni and her father save Rehan, though neither knows his real identity. Though initially distant from them, Rehan develops an affection for his son and the family.

Rehan eventually reveals his true identity to them. Initially hurt, Zooni refuses to let Rehan leave her again, and the two of them are married by her father. Tyagi has a report published about Rehan, warning the public that he is a terrorist. Zooni's father sees this report and confronts Rehan. Rehan accidentally throws Zooni's father off a ledge, killing him. He radios the IKF from an army officer's house but kills the officer when he discovers Rehan.

Zooni finds her father's body, and Rehan lies about his death. However, Zooni later sees the news report, and finds the trigger. She takes her son and flees to the officer's house, where she radios for help. Tyagi tells her to stop Rehan. Rehan arrives the next day, and takes the trigger from Zooni, saying the IKF will kill her and their son if he doesn't. Zooni shoots him in the leg. Rehan draws his gun on her, but can't bring himself to shoot. Zooni shoots him again, this time fatally, to stop him. Tyagi stops the IKF from shooting Zooni. Rehan dies in Zooni's arms.

Zooni and her son later visit the graves of her father and Rehan, who are buried next to each other. When her son asks if his father was wrong, Zooni tells him that his father did what he thought was right.



Critical reception[edit]

At Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 100% rating critical approval rating, based on six reviews.[7]

The performances from the leads, Aamir Khan and Kajol, as well as their on-screen chemistry[5][6][8] were praised.The movie is hit and is an emotional love story well received by the audience .


Filming locations[edit]

Fanaa was originally planned to be shot in Kashmir before the lead actress 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 historical locations in Delhi including the Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Qutub Minar, Purana Qila, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Lodhi Gardens.[9]


While promoting the film in Gujarat, Aamir Khan made some comments regarding the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's handling of the Narmada Dam and the necessity to rehabilitate the displaced villagers.[10][11] These comments were met with outrage from the Bharatiya Janata Party. The government of Gujarat demanded an apology from Khan. Khan refused to apologise, 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."[12] An unofficial ban of Fanaa was put in place for the entire state of Gujarat. Protests occurred against the film and 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, all theatre owners in Gujarat refused to screen the movie.[13]

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 was rejected.[14] 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 470 million (both domestic and overseas) in the first week and have lost approximately 6 to 70 million of business in Gujarat. However it's 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."[15]

A single privately owned cinema in Jamnagar, Gujarat, screened the movie with police protection despite the threats.[16] 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 nine days later.[17]


Studio album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelYRF Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood8/10 stars[18]

The music of Fanaa was composed by Jatin-Lalit with lyrics penned by Prasoon Joshi. Five songs are featured in the movie while the soundtrack contains seven songs. This was the last movie for which Jatin-Lalit composed as a duo (they split afterwards).[19]

Gaurav Sathe of Planet Bollywood gave 8 stars stating, "Jatin-Lalit's last offering doesn't give us a Dilwale Dulania Le Jayenge or a K3G, but it is still a notch higher than some of the run-off-the-mill music we've been hearing as of late."[18] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, the album sold 17,00,000 units.[20]

SL.No Song Artist Length
1 "Chand Sifarish" Shaan, Kailash Kher 04:37
2 "Mere Haath Main" Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sulaiman Merchant, Kajol, Aamir Khan 04:48
3 "Des Rangila" Mahalakshmi Iyer 05:18
4 "Dekho Na" Sonu Nigam & Sunidhi Chauhan 05:24
5 "Chanda Chamke" Babul Supriyo, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Master Akshay Bhagwat, Aamir Khan, Kajol 03:50
6 "Destroyed in Love" Instrumental 04:52
7 "Fanaa For You" DJ Aqeel 04:26

Aamir Khan and Kajol recite lines of poetry in "Chanda Chamke" and "Mere Haath Mein".[19]


Award Category Recipient(s)
52nd Filmfare Awards Best Actress Kajol
Best Male Playback Shaan and Kailash Kher – Chand Sifarish
Best Lyricist Prasoon Joshi
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress Kajol
Best Playback Singer- Male Shaan – Chand Sifarish
8th IIFA Awards Best Lyricist Prasoon Joshi
Best Male Playback Shaan
Star Screen Awards Best Male Playback
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Lyricist Prasoon Joshi
Best Playback Singer Male Shaan

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers ALL TIME: 37 Films Hit 110 Crore". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Rs. 2,200 cr in 14 years: Is Aamir Khan the real badshah of Bollywood?".
  4. ^ "Aamir Khan enters Brazil with Fanaa". Hindustan Times. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b Jha, Subhash K. (29 May 2006). "Fanaa". Indiatimes. Retrieved 26 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b Adarsh, Taran (26 May 2006). "Fanaa". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  7. ^ Fanaa (2006). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 14 December 2018.
  8. ^ Verma, Sukanya (26 May 2006). "Watch Fanaa for Aamir, Kajol!". Rediff. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  9. ^ Vishnoi, Anubhuti (8 November 2005). "Delhi monuments get starring role in Yash Chopra film". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Aamir Khan slams Narendra Modi". Rediff. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  11. ^ Prasad, Raekha (26 May 2006). "Film banned over star's dam protest". The Times. London. Archived from the original on 17 May 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  12. ^ Singh, Ankar (25 May 2006). "Aamir on Narmada: I won't apologise". Rediff. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  13. ^ "Gujarat left out as world sees Fanaa". Times of India. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2008.t
  14. ^ Singh, Onkar (5 June 2006). "SC rejects Fanaa petition". Rediff. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  15. ^ "Fanaa finally cleared in Gujarat". IndiaFM. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  16. ^ "Gujarat theatre screens Fanaa". Rediff. 6 June 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  17. ^ "Fanaa: man who immolated dies". The Hindu. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  18. ^ a b "Fanaa Music Review by Gaurav Sathe". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  19. ^ a b Ghosh, Lakshmi B. (16 April 2006). "`Fanaa' promises to keep audience tuned in to its music". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  20. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.

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