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Fiza (2000)

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In 1993 Fiza's brother disappears during the riots in Mumbai. In 1999 Fiza is tired of waiting and goes looking for him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mother Nishatbi (as Jaya Bachchan)
Amaan Ikramullah
Neha ...
Asha Sachdev ...
Bikram Saluja ...
Dinesh Thakur ...
Sayed (Muslim leader)
Sanjay Narvekar
Ravi Jhankal
Anup Soni ...
(as Anoop Soni)
Shivaji Satam
Sabir Masani
Johnny Lever ...
Laughing Club Comic (as Jhonny Lever)
Murad Khan (Guest Appearance) (as Manoj Bajpai)


Six years after Fiza's (Karisma Kapoor) brother, Aman (played by Hrithik Roshan) disappears during the 1993 Mumbai riots, she goes to look for him. When she does find him, to her horror she sees that he has joined a terrorist group. She forces him to come home, and he finally re-unites with their mother (played by Jaya Bachchan). However his allegiance and thoughts make him want to join the terrorist network, led by Murad Khan (Manoj Bajpai). A confrontation with two men who harass Fiza leads to Aman revealing his involvement with the terrorist network in front of his sister, mother and the police. His mother's grief and disappointment eventually lead her to commit suicide. Fiza tries once more to find her brother, with the help of Anirudh (Bikram Saluja). Aman has been sent on a mission to kill two powerful politicians; when he does succeed in assassinating them, his own terrorist group tries to kill him. He escapes and Fiza follows him. They confront each other and with the police ... Written by

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In Search of her brother


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Release Date:

8 September 2000 (India)  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£137,687 (UK) (8 September 2000)


£320,162 (UK) (22 September 2000)

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Although Karisma Kapoor plays Hrithik Roshan's older sister in this movie, he is five months older than her in real life. See more »


The dead mother shows eye movement in her first shot as a body. See more »


Referenced in Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001) See more »


Tu Fiza Hai
Written by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Composed by Anu Malik
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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A realistic, brilliant, powerful and poignant film with an all-time great performance by Karisma Kapoor
6 July 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Kahalid Mohamed's Fiza is one gem of a movie. This is a realistic portrayal of the consequences of war, violence, hatred, and the dehumanisation of people at times of a war. Families losing people, parents losing sons, sisters losing brothers and vice versa. This film is about Fiza, a smart, intelligent and strong young woman who lost her brother Aman seven years ago during the 1993 Mumbai riots. He disappeared and no one knows where he is. Meanwhile, she and her suffering mother live a poor and ordinary lifestyle. Fiza decides to go in search of her brother and is well determined to find him in any way possible. She meets different people in her way and finally meets her brother, just to find out that he is not the simple young man he used to be.

The film is so brilliantly narrated, so greatly pictured, so authentically and naturally portrayed and acted that you can feel a real relation to the story, to the characters and to the different situations. The dialogues are well-written and enduringly interesting. The people Fiza meets in her way represent the variety of people in our society: the bad, the good, the deceived, the corrupted, the ugly and the generous. The story changes drastically when Aman enters the picture, it becomes lighter, nicer and does lend some relief after the more intense first half. But it's just for a little while. The film soon becomes far more dramatic and intense with a shocking story development. These proceedings are heart-breaking and powerful.

Karisma Kapoor delivers one of the finest performances the Hindi screen has seen. What a magnificent performance. She is natural, sincere, beautiful, charismatic, charming, and performs with great nerve, depth and conviction in every frame. She makes the feisty Fiza an unforgettable woman. One particular scene that must be noted is the one in which Fiza breaks down and starts mourning post a very tragic incident (see the film to understand). It is an extremely powerful and heart-rending moment of real pain and despair.

Jaya Bachchan, in one of her best performances, is amazingly compelling and moving as the hurt yet vivacious and lively Nishatbi. She displays maternal pain and later helplessness and despair with amazing depth and pathos. Hrithik Roshan is excellent. His role is very complex and he plays it with complete ease. It's a very impressive performance, though he does not create the same kind of impact as his female co-stars. Other cast members, including Asha Sachdev, Manoj Bajpai and Neha, support very well. Asha Sachdev in particular stands out in a relatively small role. She provides great comic relief with her natural sense of humour. There is also a funny sequence with Johnny Lever imitating different Indian stars.

The music is fantastic and helps to relieve the extremely serious proceedings. Sushmita Sen's number "Mehboob Mere" was effective, but the one I liked the most is Karisma's "Aankh Milaoongi" dance number. She danced very well and I found the song relevant and nice. "Aaja Mahiya" and "Tu Fiza Hai" are very melodious and romantic.

Khalid Mohammed, a well-known film critic, apparently was fed up of all the crap around and decided to show filmmakers how to make a real and artistic film. This is a wonderfully made film in all aspects. It is authentic, it is not one-sided, it conveys emotion, fun, entertainment, tears, pain, without going to any extremes of unnecessary drama, and above-all, it has a very important message. The story is engaging and interesting, and combined with the excellent acting, never gets boring or repulsive. The cinematography is fantastic, the action is not overdone, and the background score is also exceptional. The ending is shocking and unclear but adds some mystery and lets the viewer make his own conclusions. This film is a must-watch for all those who love Bollywood films, or realistic films, or just films that make sense.

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