Banner: T-Series, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, Anil Kapoor Films & Communication Network
Director: Atul Manjrekar
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Divya Dutta, Pihu Sand
Music Director: Amit Trivedi
Duration: 129 Minutes
TopYaps Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Blue-collar worker Prashant Kumar a.k.a. Fanney Khan (Anil Kapoor) is a doting father. His teenage daughter Lata (Pihu Sand) means the world to him. In his salad days, Prashant dreamt of becoming a singer and would sing at local orchestras to exhibit his talent. However, circumstances forced him to compromise with his dreams. But he has not lost all hopes. Now, he wants his overweight, socially-awkward daughter Lata to fulfill his unfulfilled dreams and become a pop singer.
But becoming a singer is not easy. Prashant knows that well, and hence wants to make an album for his daughter, but has no money. Things take a twisted turn when Prashant and his friend Adhir (Rajkummar Rao) kidnap one of the most popular pop-stars of the country, Baby Singh (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) and demands a recording deal for Lata as ransom. To know what happens next, you can head to a movie hall. However, further in the Fanney Khan review you will know if it’s worth your weekend watch.
Fanney Khan is an honest attempt at remaking Oscar-nominated Belgium film Everybody’s Famous (2000). The film looks beautiful. All actors have acted well. The makers have spent like a sailor on its making. However, despite its beautiful veneer, something seems missing inside.
Debutant director Atul Manjrekar tries his best, but he does not succeed in adapting the Belgium film well for the Indian audience. Even people who have not seen Everybody’s Famous can predict what is going to happen next. The dialogues are passable and screenplay quite average. The first half of the movie is slow.
There are moments to enjoy but only in bits and parts. The second half is also not up to the mark as it’s stretched beyond point. Talking about music, composer Amit Trivedi has done a good job. His songs gel well with the narrative and are hummable.
In the department of acting, Fanney Khan is not weak at all. It boasts of an ensemble cast and every actor from the cast performs beautifully. Be it Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan or debutante Pihu Sand, each and every actor contributes immensely to make Fanney Khan a likable film, despite its various flaws. As always, Anil Kapoor steals the show with his impassioned act. You will sympathize with his character, despite the fact that what he does to help his daughter is outright illegal.
In the role of Anil’s wife, talented actress Divya Dutta is good. Though she does not get enough meat in her role, she gives her hundred percent to whatever she was given to perform. Rajkummar Rao shines once again. In his scenes with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, he is hilarious. His simplicity and goofiness win your heart over.
Debutante Pihu Sand pulls off her character brilliantly. She looks promising. But her growth in Bollywood depends on what kind of roles she chooses henceforth. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as pop star Baby Singh is convincing. She looks gorgeous throughout the movie.
Fanney Khan is an extremely optimistic film which entertains but only in bits and parts. Since it lacks novelty in terms of story and its execution, some people may not like it. Having said that, the movie does qualify for a watch at cinemas. Watch it for its actors and their sparkling performances.
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