Fanney Khan: Movie Review

  • 14 Aug 2018

Cast: Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Pihu Sand and Divya Dutta

Director: Atul Manjrekar

BollyLah’s Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3.0/5

Synopsis: ‘Fanney Khan’ is a story of hopes, dreams, and relationships. It’s about a father who will stop at nothing to put his daughter on the grand stage as the next singing sensation of India. It’s the remake of the 2002 Oscar nominated Belgian film Everybody's Famous.

Fanney Khan Review:

The story starts on an interesting piece, where you see a typical middle-class man, Prashant Sharma (Anil Kapoor) who is a dreamer, thus popularly known as ‘Fanney Khan’ in his neighborhood. Though he could not become Mohammad Rafi, he pins his hopes and dreams on her daughter, Lata (Pihu Sand). She doesn’t only sing well but also dances like a dream, though she is often body shamed on stage for being plus size.

Throughout the movie, we can see the sheer dedication of a father making ends meet while keeping his daughter’s dream at the back of his mind. We will also notice the distance between the father-daughter and the crack is filled by the mother, Kavita (Divya Dutta). The realism of a family bond is apparent when these characters come into play and undoubtedly becomes the strong point of the movie.

Rajkummar Rao (Adhir) plays the role of a close-knit friend to Anil Kapoor. He displays his usual acting credibility despite the limited scope, where he effortlessly portrays the image of the naïve, Mr.Nice Guy. Aishwarya Rai is always a delight to have on screen but her character fell short in this movie. 

We are introduced to her as Baby Singh, who is the nation’s top singer during the time but throughout the movie, it’s easy to lose connection to her character as it doesn’t establish beyond that mere fact, and her only connection in the movie is with her manager, Kakkad (Girish Kulkarni). Nevertheless, the evolving relationship between Rajkummar’s and Aishwariya will give you some giggly delight.

All in all, we feel that Anil Kapoor shined and stole the show with his energized acting. Newcomer Pihu Sand is terrific as Lata Sharma and Divya Dutta made her presence felt. This movie will be a treat to those looking to watch a Bollywood movie based on a relevant subject.

Image Courtesy: Pinterest, Bollywood Hungama

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