Fiza is a 2000 Indian crime thriller film written and directed by Khalid Mohammed. It stars Karisma Kapoor in the title role,[1] along with Hrithik Roshan as her terrorist brother and Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan as their mother.[2][3] The movie was produced by Pradeep Guha on a budget of ₹55 million and had a theatrical release worldwide on 8 September 2000.

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Directed byKhalid Mohammed
Produced byPradeep Guha
Written byKhalid Mohammed
Javed Siddiqui
StarringKarisma Kapoor
Hrithik Roshan
Jaya Bachchan
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik
A. R. Rahman (Guest Composer)
Ranjit Barot
CinematographySantosh Sivan
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 8 September 2000 (2000-09-08)
Running time
171 minutes

Upon release, Fiza received positive reviews, with its storyline and soundtrack, as well as performances earning praise.[4] A box office hit, the film earned 247 million worldwide.[5] Fiza was nominated in various categories at Filmfare Awards including Best Actor for Roshan; it managed to win Best Actress for Kapoor and Best Supporting Actress for Bachchan.[6] It is still considered as one of Kapoor's finest performances.[7][8]


The film is about a girl, Fiza (Karisma Kapoor), whose brother, Amaan (Hrithik Roshan), disappears during the 1993 Bombay riots. Fiza and her mother Nishatbi (Jaya Bachchan) desperately hold on to the hope that one day he will return. However, in 1999, six years after his disappearance, Fiza, fed up with living with uncertainty, resolves to go in search of her brother. Driven by her mother Nishatbi's fervent hope and her own determination, Fiza decides to use whatever means she can—the law, media, even politicians—to find her brother, which brings her into contact with various characters and situations.

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. However, his allegiance and thoughts make him want to return to the terrorist network, led by Murad Khan (Manoj Bajpayee). A confrontation with two men who harass Fiza leads to Amaan 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 Aniruddh (Bikram Saluja). Amaan 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 closing in on him, he asks her to kill him. As a last resort to give him an honourable end, Fiza kills her brother.



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Originally Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan were supposed to have cameo appearances, but their numbers were removed due to running time considerations. Urmila Matondkar was the original choice for the titular character and was signed on but opted out for undisclosed reason.[9]


The scene where Johnny Lever demonstrates different kinds of laughter and makes fun of Shah Rukh Khan while Hrithik Roshan stands next to him, smiling, is an insider joke referring to the Coke wars the two stars had with each other. Hrithik supported Coke, Shahrukh Pepsi. A Pepsi commercial made fun of Hrithik, which created quite some outrage among his fans and was widely reported in the media.

Khalid Mohamed originally wanted to have Ram Gopal Varma direct this movie when he finished the script. Although Karisma Kapoor plays Hrithik Roshan's older sister in this movie, he is five months older than her in real life. Originally Hrithik Roshan had a very small role. But after Kaho Na Pyar Hain became a blockbuster overnight, Khalid Mohammed panicked. He knew expectations were high because of Hrithik, so he increased his role. Many scenes like his workout, and an extra song were added to suit Hrithk's new status of a Superstar.

The film was set to be an artistic film. But Khalid Mohammed decided to commercialize the film due to pressure from the distributors. Karishma Kapoor had a dance number added. Johnny Lever park scene was added. More songs were added. Hrithik's role increased, including his workout and more songs.[10]


The film was critically acclaimed and did well at the box office.[11][12] Critics praised the three lead performances. Karisma Kapoor in particular was applauded for her performance as a disillusioned sister.[13][14][15] Vinayak Chakravorty from Hindustan Times gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, writing, "Fiza is more than just about Khalid Mohamed's foray into film-making. It is about Karisma Kapoor's proving a point as an actress of some substance. It is about Hrithik Roshan's establishing that he doesn't need maximum footage or glitz to impress. It is about the return after a hiatus of the ever-delightful Jaya Bachchan."[16] Mimmy Jain of The Indian Express, in a positive review, wrote, "Fiza is the kind of movie that every critic prays will never come his way. For a critic's job, after all, is to criticise. And Fiza offers little scope for criticism." She further noted Karisma for delivering "a superbly flawless performance".[17] Sanjeev Bariana of The Tribune labelled the film "only a little above average", but was highly appreciative of the performances.[18] Chaya Unnikrishnan of Screen praised the performances and concluded that Fiza "does live upto the expectations".[19] Screen magazine's critic Chaya Unnikrishnan, while disappointed with the film's second half, described it as "a mature film" and commended the performances.[20] Dinesh Raheja of India Today praised the performances but concluded: "Fiza remains watchable for its captivatingly-captured sequences within a close-knit family. But, the big picture it wants to capture remains underdeveloped."[21]

Karisma Kapoor won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and Jaya Bachchan won the award in the Best Supporting Actress category, while Hrithik Roshan was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role (but won For his performance on Kaho Na Pyar Hai). Kapoor and Bachchan won the IIFA Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards, respectively.

The movie was also the main winner at the BFJA Awards in the Hindi film section, taking the Best Director award for Khalid Mohammed, Best Actor for Roshan, Best Actress for Kapoor, and Best Supporting Actress for Bachchan.[22]

In May 2010, Fiza was one of the films 14 Hindi movies selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center to be screened as part of a section called "Muslim Cultures of Bombay Cinema" which aims to "celebrate and explore the rich influence of Muslim cultural and social traditions on the cinema of Bombay to the present".[23][24]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelTips Music Films
ProducerAnu Malik
Anu Malik chronology
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kandukondain Kandukondain

A. R. Rahman was approached to compose music for the film, but he declined citing time constraints.[25] However he agreed to compose one song which became Piya Haji Hali. He later composed for the director's next, Tehzeeb. For the background score of Fiza, Rahman suggested his associate Ranjit Barot. Barot composed the score and also composed the song Mere Watan, while the rest of the songs were composed by Anu Malik. The album was one of the most popular soundtracks of the year.[26] It features popular songs like "Aaja Mahiya", "Aankh Milaoongi", "Tu Fiza Hai" and "Mehboob Mere". "Mehboob Mere" was performed by Sushmita Sen as an Item number. Anu Malik received an Indian National Award and Filmfare award nomination for his work on this album, but did not win. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 25,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was one of the highest-selling of the year.[27]

# Song Singer(s) Composer Lyricist
1 "Aaja Mahiya" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik Anu Malik Gulzar
2 "Mehboob Mere" Sunidhi Chauhan, Karsan Sargathia Anu Malik Tejpal Kaur
3 "Tu Fiza Hai" Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Prashant Samadhar Anu Malik Gulzar
4 "Gaya Gaya Dil" Sonu Nigam Anu Malik Sameer
5 "Piya Haji Ali" A. R. Rahman, Kadar Ghulam Mushtafa, Murtaza Ghulam Mushtafa, Srinivas A. R. Rahman Shaukat Ali
6 "Na Leke Jao" Jaspinder Narula Anu Malik Gulzar
7 "Mere Watan: Amaan's Fury" Zubeen Garg Ranjit Barot Sameer
8 "Aankh Milaoongi" Asha Bhosle Anu Malik Sameer

Awards and NominationsEdit

Filmfare AwardsEdit



IIFA AwardsEdit

BFJA AwardsEdit

  • Best Director – Khalid Mohammed
  • Best Actor – Hrithik Roshan
  • Best Actress – Karisma Kapoor
  • Best Supporting Actress – Jaya Bachchan

Sansui AwardsEdit

  • Best Actress Jury - Karisma Kapoor

See alsoEdit


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  14. ^ Rediff review. (7 September 2000). Retrieved on 2017-07-08.
  15. ^ The Tribune, Chandigarh, India – Glitz 'n' glamour. (18 January 2001). Retrieved on 2017-07-08.
  16. ^ Chakravorty, Vinayak. "Fiza". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 9 February 2001. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  17. ^ Jain, Mimmy (16 September 2000). "Return to reality". The Indian Express. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  18. ^ Bariana, Sanjeev (9 September 2000). ""Fiza" with a nip". The Tribune. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
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  22. ^ Archived 8 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
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