"To choose between right and wrong is simple, but what defines life is the decision between the greater of two goods or the lesser of two evils." -- Zooni Ali Baig
This last sentence of the film offers much to learn from, does it not? Revisited Fanaa (2006) last night. Talk about fantastic performances by two of the best ever! Definitely two of my all-time favorites, Aamir Khan and Kajol. The film also starred Rishi Kapoor, Kiron Kher, Tabu, Lara Dutta, Jaspal Bhatti, Master Ali Haji (remember the kid in Partner (2007)?), and a host of Kajol's friends, several of them capable of being future prospects in their own right (wasn't Shruti Seth as Fatty just fantastic?).
A few notes:
1. What dialogs throughout the film?!!! There isn't one in recent memory in which I recall such tremendous emphasis being on the delivery of the dialog. And what a cast that delivers!
2. There are few films that have a combination of an excellent plot, a great complementary soundtrack, and production results that made one feel as if they were indeed an extension of the setting (watch this on a wide-screen HDTV and you will understand me).
3. Add to that a cast including Aamir Khan, Kajol, Tabu, Rishi Kapoor and Kiron Kher, and you have an unrivaled surplus of talent.
4. Yes, I do believe that Aamir and Kajol together are better than Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. No doubts in my mind about that. Rehan and Zooni were absolutely fantastic together.
5. How stunning did Kajol look? Too good, cementing her status as easily one of the best. I was just glad to see her and Tabu in the same film, although Tabu's role was very minor in comparison.
6. Aamir Khan's acting, from Rehan to the terrorist, back to Rehan and the father, and ending with 'Rehan jitna aap se pyar karta hai, utna pyar aap Rehan se nahin karte'. Splendid.
7. How cool was Zeenat (played by Lara Dutta) in that one scene at the dhaba?
8. Rahul Dravid's name came up a few times in the film. Crazy to see how forgetful some of us can be, huh? Dravid was the best one year and in the next, half of India is glad to see him dropped. Ridiculous, and hardly even close to what Dravid deserved for his long-term service.
Overall, Fanaa was among the top three movies of 2006, if not among the top two (I would rank Rang De Basanti as the best of 2006). Kajol rightfully won all the awards she did, so clearly deserving them for her performance in the film. Aamir Khan, on the other hand, continued to be ignored, which does not bother him or his fans (including me), for we know that he has hardly anything to prove. As Shah Rukh Khan would say, Aamir's competition is only with Aamir himself. But Aamir has more class than that, so you won't hear him say that ever. Oh well.
Overall Rating: ****1/4 (EXCELLENT)
One of the best films of 2006, and easily one of Kajol's best performances, which is saying a lot, given her phenomenal track record). Aamir Khan's performance showcases his amazing versatility. Definitely recommend to those who have yet to watch this one.
Music Rating: **** (EXCELLENT)
Jatin-Lalit (music) and Prasoon Joshi (lyrics) are a heck of a duo. So are Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan. Shaan steals it though with Chaand Sifarish, which must be the song of the year, based on the number of wedding videos from last year with that song as the title song!
My Classification: PG-13 (Only reason for this rating is the nature of the plot. However, most of the content is clean. Language is very clean.)