Cast: Anil Kapoor, Rajkumar Rao, Pihu Sand, Divya Dutta, Girish Kulkarni
Director: Atul Manjrekar
Fanney Khan wasn’t giving many thrills when the trailer was released regarding the story of the film. It seems much obvious about a story of a father who aspire her daughter to be a successful singer that he couldn’t become apparently as ‘Fanney Khan’. However then come the twist which is actually interesting. It is when the father Anil Kapoor and Raj Kumar Rao’s character kidnap the popular pop star Baby Singh played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to get money. Another interesting factor which could compel one to see the film was the magnificent actor Anil Kapoor and talented Raj Kumar Rao.
And the combination was expected to do wonders on the screen. But the film fails to do any charm on the audience. Some bits and portions of the film do have that particular magic which should have been throughout but rest it disappoints at some level.
Anil Kapoor plays the role of Prashant Sharma who is a blue-collar worker dream his daughter Lata played by Pihu Sand, to be a huge star, a pop star. But his daughter struggles being an overweight teenage to rise with her talent of singing. She is fan of a popular pop star Baby Singh and wants something like that in her life, that success and charm. Surely her proud father played by Anil Kapoor couldn’t see her daughter’s dream shattering.
The film deals with very important concerns and stereotypes like ‘is it really important to have a particular body image being part of a celebrity culture?’ or ‘ how fat-shaming or body-shaming can damage or effect the confidence of a teenager?’. The film does have bigger picture to say but somewhere it failed to depict it more confidently.
Why to watch vs Why not
Performance-wise, the film can be said to be above the mark, especially there are some great scenes created in-between the trio Anil Kapoor, Raj Kumar Rao and Aishwarya Rai. Then, there are lot of clichés in the film which will make you predict obvious about things going to happen. Pihu Sand did fantastic job inbetween of these experienced actors as well. The key points of the plot were difficult to buy like that ransom or live talent show and all stuff. The film gets so much melodramatic sometime where you see the usual stuff and talk going on. Apart from Anil Kapoor and Raj Kumar Rao, there is nothing much good in the film to invest your time and money. The story is somewhat below average where performance might save it from getting doomed. If you are like really missing Anil Kapoor or Raj Kumar Rao on big screen and couldn’t wait for ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha to Aisa Laga’ or ‘Stree’, then go and watch.