Fanney Khan review: Fanney is funny, but not fantastic

Fanney Khan review: Fanney is funny, but not fantastic

A scene from Fanney Khan

As an Indian audience, family dramas capture our imagination and emotions like nothing else. But once in a blue moon, when we are not flooded with the extra-glam, extended family carnival/celebration types of mainstream cinema, a breezy Fanney Khan pleasantly surprises a not-so hopeful moviegoer.

Anil Kapoor’s Prashant Kumar aka ‘Fanney Khan’ is a failed orchestra singer and a doting father who wants to see his dream of being an established singer fulfilled through his daughter. But Lata Sharma, his daughter, played by Pihu Sand, detests her father (we are not told why, must be the teen phase!)

The movie starts on a not-so-promising note, with the usual father-daughter arguments, sprinkled with a mother (played beautifully by Divya Dutta) trying to balance between the two. While Lata’s singing talent is overshadowed by her body image issues, her father is the only one who believes that she is destined to become a superstar. But things only look downhill for the family.

Enter, Baby Singh (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), the glamourous, Beyoncé-like Indian singing sensation, who is kidnapped by Prashant with the help of Adhir (his friend/ex-colleague played by Rajkummar Rao). After that, it is about a father’s efforts to make his daughter shine, as she continues to call him a failure.

The movie is a tear-jerker. It picks up after the interval and only gets better after that. Debutante director Atul Manjrekar keeps a fine balance between emotions, humour and drives a message.

While popular movies like 3 Idiots and Taare Zameen Par tried teaching us a thing or two about the uniqueness of children, Fanney Khan tries to show about the extent to which parents can go to for their child, all of it without being preachy.

Look out for a cute and unique chemistry between Rao and Rai, and the commentary on the curse called the reality shows. There is also a song about our long awaited ‘Ache Din’.

All of this works out just fine because of the Anil Kapoor’s performance that makes this otherwise predictable film, at least a one-time must watch.

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