Sanaya Irani in Fanna

Sanaya Irani in Fanna

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Sanaya Irani (middle) had a cameo appearance in the Yash Raj Film ‘Fanaa’. The one on the left is Gautami Kapoor and on the right is Shruti Seth, both TV actors.

Fanaa (Hindi: फ़ना, Urdu: فناء, English: Destroyed in Love) is a 2006 Indian Hindi romantic crime film, starring Aamir Khan and Kajol in pivotal roles. It is directed by Kunal Kohli who previously directed Hum Tum and is produced by Yash Raj Films. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor, Tabu and Sharat Saxena.The concept of the film is taken from the English movie "Eye of the Needle", a 1981 adaptation of a novel written by Ken Follett. The movie starred Donald Sutherland in the lead role of a German spy.
Fanaa was released on 26 May 2006, in India. It was banned in the state of Gujarat due to protests against the lead actor Aamir Khan. Khan plays the role of a tourist guide in Delhi while Kajol plays aKashmiri blind girl. The movie was the first to showcase Khan and Kajol's romantic pairing, even though they had acted together in Ishq in 1997. Many critics opined that the movie worked largely due to the chemistry of the leads. The title is derived from the Sufi term "fanaa" (Arabic: annihilation).
Rishi Kapoor and Kiron Kher play Kajol's parents. The film marked the comeback of Kajol, who was last seen in Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001).
Fanaa marked the first time Aamir Khan has worked under the Yash Raj production banner.


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Reception
    • 3.1 Critical reception
    • 3.2 Box office
  • 4 Filming locations
  • 5 Controversy
  • 6 Music
  • 7 Awards
    • 7.1 Filmfare Awards
    • 7.2 Zee Cine Awards
    • 7.3 IIFA Awards
    • 7.4 Star Screen Awards
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links


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 Republic Day. On her journey, she meets Rehan Khan (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 sleep together. 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.
Meanwhile, Malini Tyagi (Tabu) is a special intelligence agent brought in to assess the threat of the bomb blast, and the group responsible, IKF. She believes it is the work of one man who is helping IKF. It is revealed that man is Rehan, who put 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 in an Indian army camp on another mission for the IKF looking to get a hold of the trigger of a bomb in the army's possession. He manages to steal it, but Tyagi has figured out his plan and sends forces to stop him after he acquires the trigger. 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 and named her son 'Rehan' after his father. 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 reveals his true identity to the two of 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, something Rehan regrets. 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 young Rehan 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 young Rehan later visit the graves of both her father and Rehan Sr., who are buried next to each other. When Rehan asks if his father was wrong, Zooni tells her son that his father did what he thought was right. Both Zooni and young Rehan tell Rehan Sr. that they love him before leaving.


  • Aamir Khan as Rehan Qadri
  • Kajol as Zooni Ali Beg
  • Rishi Kapoor as Zulfikar Ali Beg
  • Kiron Kher as Nafisa Ali Beg
  • Master Ali Haji as Rehan Jr (Zooni & Rehan's son)
  • Tabu as Malini Tyagi (Anti Terrorist Special Force)
  • Sharat Saxena as Susheel Rawat (Anti Terrorist Special Force)
  • Ahmad Khan as Naana Jaan (Rehan's Grandfather)
  • Satish Shah as Colonel Maan Singh
  • Shiney Ahuja as Major Suraj Ahuja (Special Appearance)
  • Shruti Seth as Fatimah 'Fatty'
  • Gautami Kapoor as Rubina 'Ruby'
  • Sanaya Irani as Mehbooba 'Bobo'
  • Jaspal Bhatti as Jolly Singh
  • Lilette Dubey as Helen
  • Vrajesh Hirjee as Balwaan (Tourist guide)
  • Suresh Menon as Venkateshwar Atti Cooper Rao
  • Shishir Sharma as Defence Minister
  • Salim Shah as Defence Secretary
  • Deepak Saraf as Chief Minister
  • Lara Dutta as Zeenat (Special Appearance)
  • Puneet Vashist as Captain Ijaz Khan


Critical reception

The film received mixed to positive review from critics. The performances from the leads, Aamir Khan and Kajol, as well as their on screen chemistry were praised.

Box office

Upon release the film had a bumper opening at the box office and grossed 520 million net in India and an additional $6 million in the overseas markets. At the end of its theatrical run, it grossed INR104.14 crore (US$16 million) worldwide and was declared a "Blockbuster" by Box Office India.

Filming locations

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.


Aamir Khan while promoting his film in Gujarat made some comments regarding the Gujarat chief minister's 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 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." 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, most theatre 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 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."
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 nine days later.


Studio album by Jatin Lalit
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelYRF Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood8/10 stars
The music of Fanaa was composed by Jatin-Lalitwith 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).
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."
1"Chand Sifarish"Shaan & Kailash Kher04:37
2"Mere Haath Main"Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Aamir Khan& Kajol04:48
3"Des Rangila"Mahalakshmi Iyer05:18
4"Dekho Na"Sonu Nigam & Sunidhi Chauhan05:24
5"Chanda Chamke"Babul Supriyo,Mahalakshmi Iyer, Master Akshay Bhagwat, Aamir Khan& Kajol03:50
6"Destroyed in Love"Instrumental04:52
7"Fanaa For You"DJ Aqeel04:26
Aamir Khan and Kajol recite lines of poetry in "Chanda Chamke" and "Mere Haath Mein".


Filmfare Awards

  • 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

IIFA Awards

  • Best Lyricist -Prasoon Joshi
  • Best Male Playback- Shaan
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