Starcast: Fardeen Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor
Director: Ken Ghosh
Producer: Tips films
It starts with a twist. The bank account of an underworld don is robbed via the Internet by an unknown person. Both don and the cops are in hot pursuit of this mystery man, of whom no one has any clue. The next scene shows Jai (Shahid Kapoor - perhaps to give the impression that he is the bank robber) singing and dancing. One day at a traffic signal he sees a vision that is a girl - a scene reminiscent of Hrithik and Amisha in 'Kaho Na.. Pyaar Hai'. Jai immediately falls in love with her - the girl turns out to be Neha (Kareena Kapoor).
Jai tries every trick in his book to woo her, sending her dozens of flowers, too. When none of it has any effect on her, he swallows sleeping pills to prove his love for her. Finally Neha gives in and reciprocates.
Everything is going smoothly for Jai and Neha, till one day Jai comes to meet her and finds her attempting to commit suicide. He saves her and she lets out her dark secret - she tells him that her father was a criminal who had borrowed Rs 6 crores from the underworld. And the goons are after her to pay them back; they have threatened that if she doesn't return the money within three days, they will abduct her.
Jai comes to her rescue and plans to rob a bank. And, in spite of Neha's warning, he goes ahead with his plan. He visits a bank with the intention of robbing it, but comes across a man withdrawing a big sum from his account.
Jai follows him to his house and returns at night to rob him, but the man proves to be smarter than Jai and captures him instead. The man is Vikram (Fardeen Khan). On Vikram's persistence, Jai tells him his motive for the robbery. Vikram offers him a deal Jai can't refuse - to surrender to the cops as Vikram, the Internet hacker who actually is responsible for stealing the money from the don's account; in return, he will get Rs 6 crores.
Jai agrees to the plan. He is arrested, but is attacked by the don's henchmen on his way to court. And in the exchange of gunfire that follows, Jai escapes. He heads straight for Neha's house, where he stumbles upon the shocking truth: He finds Neha and Vikram together. Jai is betrayed by the very girl he loved so dearly...
Ken Ghosh's attempt to repeat the success of his debut film, 'Ishq Vishk', suffers from a bad case of hiccups, as he tries to tread the path of a tried-and-tested formula of love, betrayal and revenge. 'Fida' reminds us of the Shah Rukh Khan-Sunny Deol starrer, 'Darr', especially in the last scene, when Kareena hits Shahid from behind and tells Fardeen to kill him. It also seems as if Ghosh has been influenced to a large extent by Abbas Mustan's films, 'Ajnabee' and 'Humraaz'.
The film belongs to Shahid Kapoor - it was a pleasure watching his mature and balanced performance.
His love for Neha, and the emotional outburst when he realises that he has been betrayed by the girl he loves shows his talent and growth as a actor. It is ample proof that he has arrived to put his print in the golden sands of Bollywood. He's an actor to watch out for over the years to come. And close on his heels is his real life girlfriend, Kareena Kapoor, who once again comes out with a winning performance. She has put her heart and soul into the movie. 'Fida' can easily be called one of her finest performances so far. Fardeen Khan, besides looking suave, doesn't seem to have changed as an actor, though at times he shows sparks of talent - however, his role doesn't inspire.
Anu Malik is on a high. One of the saving points of the film is his music. Some numbers - like the melodious opening track, ' Nazar Nazar', sung by veteran Udit Narayan ably supported by Sapna Mukherjee and the Alisha Chinai-Sonu Nigam racy number, 'Maine Jisko Chaha' - are memorable.
Audiences had huge expectations of the movie, especially considering that the hot romantic pair of Shahid and Kareena starred in it. 'Fida' had every ingredient for a hit - a great star cast, stunning locales and great music.
The film suffered because of two reasons - Ghosh attempted a love story, but ended up making a thriller; and the thriller interrupted the love story. The result was that the film was neither a love story, nor a thriller. Though Ghosh has succeeded in making a visually appealing and stylish film, somewhere on the way he has lost it's impact. Because he didn't pay attention to the soul of the plot, the result is a loose script and a half-baked product. But, all said and done, the film is worth a watch, mainly because of the electrifying chemistry between Shahid and Kareena.
Better luck next time, Mr Ghosh!