Fanney Khan Movie Review:
Movie, Fanney Khan,has a factory worker father Prashant aka Fanney Khan,is popular as an amateur local singer in a band Fanney Khan (Anil Kapoor) who is ready to move mountains to launch his daughter into the world of music with a private album.
The first half creates Fanney’s world, his family and friends, the life between factory and chawl, and dreams that seem incredible because of the expensive tags they come along with.
Fanney Khan is real, relatable and packed with fabulous performances. Anil Kapoor plays a role which becomes impressive in a couple of scenes. But the real discovery is “Pihu Sand” who acted as a Fanney’s daughter, Lata. Though her anger towards her father is overlooked and unexplained in detail, she owns her lines and manages to hit every note correctly, in her replical of an irritated, rebellious, ill-mannered teenager. Her dancing on the birthday Bollywood song is excellent. The first half of the movie is spent in introducing the various characters, establishing the back-stories and getting them all to connect.
However,in the second half,situation becomes different and go from implausible to wierd. This involves a kidnapping, a demand for a dog, a half-baked tune, an audition and a love story that seems more forced than the love stories on any another TV Shows.
Rajkummar Rao (playing Adhir, Fanney’s colleague) smiles his regular sheepish, simplistic smile to offset the fake, busy lifestyle of a superstar singer… yawn yawn!
On the other hand, Fanney Khan is busy in managing the audiences into tears. He loses his job. He loses respect. He starts driving a taxi. He is badly treated by his family.Yet he wants to launch his daughter even if it demands him to act out of character. The film gets reduced to portraying Fanney’s mahanta than addressing any large issue. Even the climax plays out so dramatically where Fanney gives some gyaan on life and dreams, that it builds new confidence in his daughter on stage leading her to kill it in her performance. I could almost hear someone scream, haarna nahi Babita!
Some of the sequences play completely out of context. A young girl being locked at by a manager has no consequence or context. There are references of body shaming but these are never addressed fully.
Rajkummar’s character is so flat that even an actor of his calibre can’t infuse much sense or life into the proceedings. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (in the role of Baby Singh, the singer) tries hard to act all natural alas ends up smiling and laughing, with emotions half-baked and oh-so-fake. For instance, I couldn’t tell what had a stronger impact – her perfectly blow-dried curls or her acting! I have never seen a more beautiful person held the stage with generous supplies of make-up and hair styling.
The film though, manages to have a light-hearted vibe and some of the scenes are genuinely funny. The music is also prettygood. I found myself almost dancing to Fu Bai Fu. And a song, fitted good and is a good spin on the famous phrase used cleverly to comment on Fanney Khan’s financial situation by Amit Trivedi.
But overall Fanney Khan lacks depth or purpose and is a type of one time watch movie.