REVIEW: FANNEY KHAN
It is very rare for a Bollywood movie of current times to have most of the following:
1. There are no gunshots and no fistfights; no knives and swords as well.
2. Most of the lead artistes are well into their forties.
3. There’s no vulgarity; no use of expletives; no lewd jokes.
4. The film is based on true events or a previously successful film in another language.
5. There are no songs sung by Arijit Singh.
6. There are no chase sequences involving cars or motorbikes; or rather there are no chases!
7. The “expected” villain turns out to be not a villain.
8. There are no losers in the script; everyone ends up being a winner.
9. The film is made or supported by well-known production houses.
10. The entire star cast comes up with good performances.
A joint production of T-Series, Anil Kapoor and Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, FANNEY KHAN is directed by a debutant director, Atul Manjrekar. FANNEY KHAN scores positively on all the above ten points and if everyone in the script ends up being a winner, shouldn’t the movie also be a winner?
FANNEY KHAN begins on a high energy note with Anil Kapoor crooning a Sonu Nigam rendered version of the famous BADAN PE SITARE LAPETE song. And soon enough, we are introduced to the other characters: his daughter (brilliantly emoted by the debutant Pihu Sand), his wife (well played by Divya Dutta), his friend, Rajkummar Rao, the singer Baby Singh, played by Aishwarya Rai and others. The theme and message to be conveyed are good as well. And there are funny scenes as well, like the scenes after the kidnapping.
Where FANNEY KHAN falters is not in its intention, but in the screenplay and the scripting where logic and realism are sacrificed needlessly. And this leads to a situation where you have all the ingredients, but the Khichdi does not taste all that good. A few spoons of the fare are certainly very tasty, but the lack of logic creates a bland fare on the whole. I have not seen the Dutch original from which this is adapted, but am very sure that the original did not have these pitfalls.
Anil Kapoor exudes energy throughout and is very ably supported by Pihu Sand and Divya Dutta. Rajkummar Rao and Aishwarya Rai deliver well within the constraints of the weak script involving them; the foundation for their getting to like each other is rather flimsy. And the fab actor that Rajkummar is, he seems to be conveying this in his lost expressions!
RATING: 3 out of 5
August 4, 2018