Prashant Sharma aka Fanney Khan (Anil Kapoor) is a labour class person who once used to be an orchestra singer in his prime days and wished to make it big in the music industry. Now, he envisions his own unfulfilled dreams of becoming a singer in his teenage daughter Lata (Pihu Sand). However, she is often ridiculed by people despite her talent owing to her obesity which often frustrates and demoralises her. Fanney wishes to make an album for her which would obviously cost him a fortune. Meanwhile, the factory in which he works is closed down leaving him jobless.
How will Fanney manage to make an album for Lata? What will helplessness force him to do? Will Lata ever make it big in the world of music?
Positive Points: –
- The entire cast has performed superbly particularly Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Pihu Sand. Needless to say, the film has been completely thrown into the hands of its performers and they have upheld its meagre respect as much as they could.
- The film has some genuinely hilarious moments especially after the kidnapping and the events that surround it.
Negative Points: –
- Fanney Khan portrays a grossly inaccurate vision of the music industry and the reality shows in India. It’s true that reality shows do run after TRPs but they don’t function the way its shown here.
- Atul Manjrekar’s unperceptive direction.
- A jerry-built screenplay with not so inspiring dialogues which depend heavily upon melodrama instead of brutal realism.
- Notwithstanding the good work by Amit Trivedi as the film’s composer, almost all of its songs are forgettable.
Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –
I do not doubt the intent of the film which aims to bring to view the darker side of the reality shows in India and the farce conducted by them in the name of talent. But does it succeed? Not even remotely close! Fanney Khan starts off on a promising note and becomes as ridiculous as it could get with the passage of time. It portrays a very polarizing view of body shaming in India which is not true. Audiences, judges and even anchors don’t denigrate obese people as openly as it has been portrayed here. In fact, any sob story founded upon one’s problems (and that might also include obesity) rather draws their sympathy to the concerned person. Reality shows do a lot of nonsensical gimmicks but they surely don’t run like news channels as represented in this movie. The father-daughter relationship is one of the key aspects here and even that is poorly crafted. Almost throughout the film, the daughter excoriates her father and condescends him upfront and the latter only shows his pain for the same. This is not at all what happens in India! Try to raise your voice against an elder, and by any I mean any (it might be your year older sibling), Indian parents don’t shy away from thrashing the hell out of you until and unless you are an adult. Given that scenario, Lata’s parents were way too soft on her which never happens. If not beating up, your parents will definitely reprimand you enough so that you learn a lesson. Nothing like that happens in the film and we have no idea as to why!
The greatest setback for the film was its weak direction on top of its heavily flawed screenplay. Manjrekar does nothing interesting or innovative which doesn’t appear to be out of the script. Even the basic loopholes become more obvious under his supervision as his work seemed to be a copy-paste of what was written on paper. The dialogues were equally insipid and uninspiring. Amit Trivedi has made some good songs here but none will stand the test of time and might be forgotten soon after the film concludes.
Anil Kapoor is the star of the film! His body language, expressions and even emotions are immaculate, and he rules on the screen effortless for the whole runtime.
Rajkummar Rao is sweet and delightful as the simpleton Adhir. His comic timing is bang on and it’s interesting to see an actor of his reputation not shying away from taking up supporting roles. But given his immense talent and the fact that he has been flagrantly underused, he should take up more fleshy roles in future and avoid such commercial flicks.
Pihu Sand is fantastic as the arrogant teenage daughter of Prashant. She performs with immense genuineness making her character likeable despite its one-dimensional crafting.
Girish Kulkarni is magnificent as the star-manager. His demeanour and attitude fit right well into his character as well as the storyline.
Divya Dutta and Aishwarya Rai have some effective screen times and they do well in them.
Final Verdict: –
Fanney Khan is awful in most aspects of filmmaking including the crux of its storyline. The only thing that supports it is its performances which make it funny and bearable at times. Nonetheless, the actors aren’t enough to uplift the film from its uninspiring and unsavoury cinematic experience which is lamentably ridiculous.