By Martin D’Souza | Opening Doorz Editorial | August 03, 2018
Rating: 1.5 / 5
The essence: Fanney Khan would have been sharper and more realistic if the kidnapping was not turned into a joke by debutante director Atul Manjrekar. It could have been a Secret Superstar!
The soul and star of Fanney Khan is debutant Pihu Sand. Without her, the film would have fallen flat. Pihu brings in that raw emotion necessary for any actor to make an impact. Moreover, she uses the negative energy of her character, Lata Sharma, to leave a lasting impression on the viewer. Every scene she is in, she makes it her own simply by being Lata, the daughter who is pushed by her ‘failed, singer father’ Prashant Sharma (Anil Kapoor), to excel in singing.
Booed for her weight, time and again, Prashant aka Fanney knows that his daughter has that zing in her voice and he wants her to succeed in singing and be the next singing superstar. He also wants to see his success in her. With his factory shutting down and still not able to get Lata make an impact, a plan falls into his lap. Baby Singh (Aishwarya Rai), the number one singer, hails his Taxi. Prashant kidnaps her and ropes in his friend Adhir (Rajkummar Rao) to help him make his dream come true. A few twists later the tables are turned on him but not before he is able to make his dream of getting Lata sing ‘live’ at a talent show comes true.
While Pihu makes every scene count, the poor script does not help the plot on the whole. There are yawning gaps. Aishwarya’s role is not well defined. She’s quite bored actually. The kidnapping turns into a joke with Baby Singh and Adhir playing ‘house house’.
Anil Kapoor is earnest as usual. The opening scene promises a lot. We have a young Prashant singing on stage with Jhankar Orchestra backing his vocals. Dressed in red socks and off-white shoes, a shimmering golden coat, bandmaster black trousers, frilly shirt and a tie, he goes ballistic singing Badan Pe Sitare Lapete Huye from the movie Prince sung by Mohammad Rafi and picturized on Shammi Kapoor (his idols).
Sadly, the brilliance of the opening scene pales as the movie progresses. Rajkummar Rao too is earnest, but the script gives him no room to perform.
So it is left to Pihu Sand to deliver the knock-out punch with her knock-out ‘live’ performance Tera Jaisa Tu Hai. She rises up to the occasion putting to shame all those who body-shamed her. Well done, Pihu.
Well done music directors Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi.
Fanney Khan would have been sharper and more realistic if the kidnapping was not turned into a joke by debutante director Atul Manjrekar.
It could have been a Secret Superstar!
Producer: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anil Kapoor
Director: Atul Manjrekar
Star Cast: Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Divya Dutta, Pihu Sand