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By: Praveen Lance Fernandes, IndiaFM

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Film-makers turned film-critics. What should your expectations be while watching a movie directed by a person who analyses every scene and shot for a living? Can film critics, who have written off so many commercial films in their reviews, come up with a commercial film that is devoid of flaws?

Film critic turned filmmaker Kunal Kohli, despite the failure of his first film Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002) did his homework with his next ventures Hum Tum (2004) and the recently released Fanaa (2006). Another experienced critic Khalid Mohammed's films could not meet with the same fate though. His Fiza (2000), Tehzeeb (2003) and Siilsilay (2005) could not really reap in benefits for the producers, neither were his style and choice of topic acclaimed.

Kohli's latest film Fanaa released a couple of weeks ago to a stupendous opening and is still going strong with house full signs all over. Khalid's first film Fiza opened well but soon died at the box-office. Now one might wonder, why are I am talking about these two films in particular? That's for the fact that we found out quite a many striking similarities between the two films, despite the former not being a remake or even inspired from the latter.

To start with, both the films (Fanaa and Fiza) start with an 'F' and end with an 'A' and have two syllables. Now I agree this one is a trivial trivia which I couldn't resist sharing. Nevertheless read on from here and one might be surprised at the likeness of both these films.

  • First and foremost, both films have the same background - Terrorism. Though terrorism is just used as a base to move the proceedings further, the films mainly speak about relationships. In Fiza, it was about a sister's (Karisma Kapoor) search for her brother (Hrithik Roshan) and Fanaa spoke of one man (Aamir Khan) trying to get acceptance of his lover (Kajol) despite him faking his own death.

  • In both the films, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan do not keep contact with their loved ones for years, for the fact that they both have a mission to accomplish.

  • Both Aamir and Hrithik despite being the so-called heroes of the film, have shades of grey to their characters. Both are shown as Muslims involved in terrorist activities relating to Pakistan. They are thoroughly unrepentant about their activities and have no change of heart, whatsoever, till the very end of the film.

  • Both films have the same ending as well, where the male protagonist is killed by their female counterpart because they (victims) do not wish to change from their line of terrorism.

In short, though both of these films are treated differently, the central idea is kind of same. However I'm not really accusing Kohli of ripping off major parts of Fiza. It's just that the writing has a similar theme with a different format. 

And if you are wondering that I am the only one who figured out this outlandish analogy, think again. It was only after completing this feature did I read an article in a leading daily which mentioned that Hrithik Roshan was the original actor approached to play the lead in Fanaa. Maybe, he saw the parallel connection!

Topics: fiza, similarities in fiza and fanaa
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