Fanaa (transl. Destroyed) 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, Kirron Kher, Tabu and Sharat Saxena in supporting roles.
Khan plays the role of a tourist guide in New Delhi named Rehaan 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 Rehaan. It is later revealed that he was not killed, but is in fact a Kashmiri insurgent whose real name is Rehaan 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 twist of fate, meets Zooni. It was Aamir Khan’s first movie as an anti-hero.
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. The film was promoted with the tagline “Destroyed In Love…”. 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 on 26 May 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 from critics and became a commercial success.
Zooni Ali Beg (Kajol) is a blind Kashmiri woman who travels for the first time with her friends, Fatimah (Shruti Seth), Mehbooba (Sanaya Irani) and Rubina (Gautami Kapoor), and their dance teacher Helen (Lillete Dubey) to New Delhi to perform in a ceremony for Republic Day. On her journey, she meets Rehaan 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, Rehaan and Zooni spend the night together and end up in bed. As Zooni is leaving the next day, Rehaan comes and takes her away with him. Her parents arrive in Delhi to arrange their marriage. Zooni has a procedure done that helps her see again, but when she comes out of surgery, she finds out that Rehaan 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 Rehaan is the man who placed the bomb blast in motion, then faked his death so that 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, Rehaan 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. Rehaan steals it, but Tyagi has figured out his plan and sends forces to stop him. In the ensuing shootout, Rehaan 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 Rehaan’s supposed death and has given birth to and raised her and Rehaan’s son (also named “Rehaan” by Zooni). Zooni’s mother had passed away two years prior to Rehaan Qadri’s return. Zooni and her father save Rehaan, though neither recognize him as Zooni’s old lover. Though initially distant from them, Rehaan develops an affection for his son and the family.
Rehaan eventually reveals his true identity to them, keeping the information of his terrorism behind. Initially hurt, Zooni refuses to let Rehaan leave her again, and the two of them get married by the arrangement of her father. Tyagi has a report published about Rehaan, warning the public that he is a terrorist. Zooni’s father sees this report and confronts Rehaan on finding the trigger in his pocket. Rehaan 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 Rehaan.
Zooni finds her father’s body, and Rehaan 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 Rehaan. Rehaan arrives the next day, and takes the trigger from Zooni, saying the IKF will kill her and their son if he doesn’t. As Rehaan is about to give the trigger to the leader of IKF, Rehaan’s grandfather, Zooni shoots him in the leg. Rehaan draws his gun on her, but can’t bring himself to shoot. Zooni shoots him again, this time fatally, to stop him. In the nick of time, Tyagi arrives and stops the IKF from shooting Zooni. Rehaan dies in Zooni’s arms.
Zooni and her son later visit the graves of her father and Rehaan, 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.
Aamir Khan as Rehan Qadri Sr. / Khan
Kajol as Zooni Qadri Sr. (nee. Ali Beg)
Rishi Kapoor as Zulfikar Ali Beg
Kirron Kher as Nafisa Ali Beg
Tabu as Malini Tyagi (Anti Terrorist Special Force)
Sharat Saxena as Susheel Rawat (Anti Terrorist Special Force)
Lilette Dubey as Helen
Shruti Seth as Fatimah ‘Fatty’
Sanaya Irani as Mehbooba ‘Bobo’
Gautami Kapoor as Rubina ‘Ruby’
Ali Haji as Rehan Qadri Jr.
Ahmed Khan as Nana Jaan (Rehan’s Grandfather)
Satish Shah as Colonel Maan Singh
Puneet Vasishtha as Captain Ijaz Khan
Jaspal Bhatti as Jolly Singh
Vrajesh Hirjee as Balwant (Tourist Guide)
Suresh Menon as Venkateshwar Atti Cooper Rao
Shishir Sharma as Defence Minister
Salim Shah as Defence Secretary
Deepak Saraf as Chief Minister
Shiney Ahuja as Major Suraj Ahuja (Special Appearance)
Lara Dutta as Zeenat (Special Appearance)