Atul Manjrekar directorial 'Fanney Khan' is an official adaptation of the 2000's Dutch film 'Everybody's Famous' a Dominique Deruddere directorial. The film begins introducing Fanney Khan aka Prashant Sharma played by Anil Kapoor an Orchestra performer who sings the evergreen Mohammed Rafi's 'Badan pe Sitare'. This time AK is characterized as a middle-class Hyderabadi man overjoyed with the birth of his daughter and seeks every incomplete dream will be accomplished by her, as he wants to see her as a well known established singer. It is Rajkummar Rao who plays Adhir and Prashant's co-worker and his little companion in his life. Their life is felt apart as their factory is shut down and they both are left jobless.
It is Prashant's good old friend 'Kader' played by Satish Kaushik who has a minute cameo to play. Fanney Khan (Prashant) is left with a fire in his heart to see his daughter Lata Sharma played by Pihu Sand to be admired and loved like Baby Singh aka Aishwarya Rai Bachchan a glamorous diva singer and guess what we see those Beyonce and Rihanna outfit and her body language is also a replica for the same. Divya Dutta as a caring Indian traditional mother is absolutely convincing on-screen and she slays her role with a lot of conviction. Baby Singh who is off-work leaving all her commitment behind is kidnapped and these innocent kidnappers can't even decide what to ask.
The first half dwells towards curiosity and we are left intrigued by the shower of mild comedy instances that are enjoyable.
Rajkummar Rao and Aishwarya Rai's comic interaction is fun to watch. The first half carries a good slice of life narrative at an ease. Though it is the climax that makes things a bit melodramatic. Some audiences may find the end a bit vague despite Anil Kapoor's emotional act as a determined dauntless father who only wants her daughter's talent appreciated on the big stage. The father-daughter chemistry has bitterness.
Some scenes in the narrative are overdone. For instance, "Bandh Karo, Bandh Karo music, mazak chal raha hai, dekha hai apne aap ko mirror mein kabhi? stage pe khade rehne layak bhi ho tum?" a harsh shout at Lata during the auditions phase is just not digestible. Was it necessary? Although there are quite a few moments showcasing the mindset of the society who does humiliating comments on body shaming. Rajkummar Rao and Aishwarya Rai's screen-time could have been a bit more as Fanney Khan is left all alone in the end. The film would definitely connect to the massy middle-class audience and Anil Kapoor leaves us wow with his mesmerizing acting prowess.
The soul of this musical-drama is its songs and the stand out man remains Amit Trivedi who has laid engrossing music with his rock-alternative composition and also lend his voice to one of the songs. The most connecting song of the film is 'Achche Din' sung by Amit Trivedi that showcases the day to day struggle of a common man. The opening song of the film which is a revamped version of Mohammed Rafi's evergreen number 'Badan pe Sitare' sung by Sonu Nigam who turns out to give his own flavours to this song. 'Mohabbat' by Sunidhi Chauhan introduces the stylish pop diva Baby Singh and the looks like Sunidhi's voice is just tailor-made for Ash. The song that steals the show is the Monali Thakur's number 'Tere Jaisa Tu Hai' and we get chills hearing this song, especially the jazzy composition by Amit Trivedi is catchy and we are thoroughly hooked to it. Overall, the Fanney Khan songs are the soul of this film.
Screenplay by Atul Manjrekar and Hussain Dalal could have been better on the second half. Also Atul Manjrekar's direction loses pace in some part of the film but it thoroughly entertains the audiences and that's the best part. There are many over-dramatized sequences but are all worth it with the mask of a well-intentioned flick. Dialogues by Hussain Dalal and Jasmeet K. Reen are impactful and match the real-life desires of an individual who can relate to it easily. Cinematography by S. Tirru is mediocre and the film could have been more cinematic in terms of capturing the performance sequences.
To conclude, Fanney Khan is a perfect family film with a lot of emotions and Anil Kapoor's stand out performance has to be the reason for it.