Fanaa is a 2006 Indian romantic crime drama film, directed by Kunal Kohli and produced by Yash Raj Films. The film stars Aamir Khan in an anti-hero role, Kajol as his blind love interest, and Rishi Kapoor, Tabu and Sharat Saxena in supporting roles.? Aamir Khan plays the role of Delhi tourist guide Rehan Qadri and Kajol plays a blind Kashmiri girl Zooni Ali Beg. Both fall in love, but are separated by a terrorist bombing that reportedly kills Rehan. It is later revealed that Rehan was not killed, but is in fact a Kashmiri insurgent responsible for the bombing. Seven years later, his insurgency organization IKF sends him on a mission in Kashmir, where he once again encounters Zooni.? Fanaa was made on a budget of 500 million (US$7.4 million) and 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. It was the first film to showcase Khan and Kajol in a romantic pairing (the two had previously worked together in 1997’s Ishq). The film also marked the comeback of Kajol, who was last seen in Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), and it was the first time Aamir Khan worked under the Yash Raj production banner.? It was released in Malaysia on 26 May 2006. The film was a critical and commercial success, with many critics opining that the film worked largely due to the performances and chemistry of the leads. However, it was banned in the state of Gujarat due to protests against the lead actor Aamir Khan for his comments criticizing the Gujarati government. The story bears stark resemblance to the Ken Follet Novel, “Eye of the Needle”
Zooni Ali Beg (Kajol) is a blind Kashmiri girl who travels without her parents for the first time with a dance to Delhi to perform in a ceremony for Republic Day. On her journey, she meets Rehan Qadri (Aamir Khan), a Casanova tour guide who flirts with her. Although her friends warn Zooni about him, she cannot resist falling in love. On her last night in Delhi, Rehan and Zooni spend the night together and end up in bed and Rehan enjoys Zooni all night. As Zooni is leaving the next day on a train, Rehan comes in 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, and is heartbroken. She is taken to the hospital mortuary, and told to identify his body. As Zooni cannot see anybody there, she is quickly made aware of the sweater that Rehan was wearing which she knitted for him covered in blood and soot.? Meanwhile, 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. She believes it is the work of one man who is helping IKF. It is revealed that the man is Rehan, who placed the bomb blast in motion, then faked his death so Zooni wouldn’t come looking for him. He privately 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 an Indian army camp 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 manages to steal it, but Tyagi has figured out his plan and sends forces to stop him. In the ensuing shootout, Rehan is injured severely. He makes his way to a remote house looking for help. The door opens, and it turns out to be Zooni’s house. It’s also revealed that Zooni had given birth to Rehan’s son after Rehan’s supposed death. Zooni and her father manage to save Rehan, though neither knows his real identity. Though initially distant from them, Rehan develops an affection for his son and becomes friendly towards Zooni and her father.? 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 dangerous terrorist. Zooni’s father sees this report, and realizes that it’s Rehan. He holds him at gunpoint, but Rehan thwarts him and manages to get the trigger back. In the process, though, he accidentally throws Zooni’s father off a ledge, killing him. He radios the IKF from an army officer’s house describing his position. However, the officer discovers Rehan, who then kills the officer.? Zooni finds her father’s body later, and when she tries to tell Rehan, he covers. However, Zooni later sees the news report, and finds the trigger. She takes her son and the trigger, and goes to the officer’s house. When she finds blood there, she radios for help, and gets in touch with Tyagi, who tells her to stop Rehan at any cost. Rehan arrives at the house the next day, and tries to convince Zooni to hand over the trigger. He takes it from her, saying the IKF will kill her and their son if he doesn’t. Zooni, though, follows him outside when the IKF arrives and shoots him. Rehan draws his gun on Zooni, but can’t bring himself to shoot her. Zooni shoots him again to stop him. Tyagi arrives and stops the IKF from shooting Zooni. Rehan dies in Zooni’s arms.? Zooni and her son later visit the graves of both her father and Rehan, who are buried next to each other. When the son asks if his father was wrong, Zooni tells him that his father did what he thought was right. Both tell Rehan that they love him before leaving.