Fanney Khan Movie Review: A Story Of Every Legend Today
Fanney Khan, directed by Atul Majrekar and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film stars Anil Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Rajkummar Rao and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The film releases today.
Eminem, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Rajinikanth, Sachin Tendulkar and Oprah Winfrey have been worshipped as legends worldwide but not many of them know about the struggle and the hard work they underwent to reach that position they are now. Fanney Khan talks about that struggle which most of these legendary icons have achieved in their designated fields.
Fanney Khan is a story of a man called Prashanth Sharma (Anil Kapoor) who is also known as his alter-ego called Fanney Khan is a famous orchestra musician back in the 90s where he is always found singing mostly Mohammed Rafi's iconic songs which entertains the entire locality during functions. During this time, his wife Kavita (Divya Dutta) is admitted in a hospital for her delivery. At this time, he is blessed with a daughter whom he christens her as Lata, inspired by Lata Mangeshkar.
20 years later, Prashanth works in a factory and Lata grows up to be an obese college-going girl who is frequently body shamed when she performs in various singing competitions. The only companion for Prashanth is Adheer (Rajkummar Rao) who works in the same factory with him. Lata seeks refuge by admiring Baby Singh (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), the iconic singing sensation who is an amalgamation of Beyonce and Sunidhi Chauhan. Fanney's life turns upside down when his factory is shut down and ends up losing his job along with Adheer, Prashanth starts working as a taxi-driver and Adheer starts working as a delivery boy. Baby Singh is fed up with her glamorous life which makes her run away from the ruthless world of fame and luxury and end up getting kidnapped by Prashanth and Adheer. The kidnapping part is the funniest part of the film which makes Baby open herself up and the love blossoms between a princess and a pauper aka Baby and Adheer. The film happens to be the adaptation of the Belgian Film Everybody's Famous which was a bit more serious and dark but this one is made just for the family audience in India.
The film seems like a twin version of last year's musical hit Secret Superstar which had a similar storyline but there are some parts of the film which is beautifully shown especially while shooting the song Fu Bai Fu which has been shot like the opening song sequence in La La Land. Amit Trivedi shines again with the composition which doesn't involve adulterating of the iconic songs in it.
The director Atul Manjrekar has made his debut with this film and the choice of actors are very good in it especially roping Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who were last seen in 1999 musical hit Taal. Rajkummar Rao keeps you laughed in those awkward and funny scenes with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is fine as a popstar and gives justice to her role better than Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Divya Dutta portrays her role gracefully in this one and she's good at showing the expressions. Pihu Sand, the newcomer, shines in this film and she seems to be the next teenage star after Zaira Wasim.
Overall, the film is a good watch for the family and it is quite good at conveying the message to the society as well. Watch it for Anil Kapoor as he's the powerhouse of this film.