There is no doubt that actors like Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Divya Dutta can do miracles with their screen-presence, but unfortunately, this did not happen with the movie Fanney Khan. The movie is about a man who was a former orchestra singer but situations landed him up to be a factory worker. He wants his daughter to be a singer and is willing to go to any lengths to make her so. This is the vicarious side of the movie Fanney Khan which will definitely remind you of Dangal. The role of the daughter is played by a newbie Pihu Sand who is admirable but the flaw with her character is that nobody knows why she remains rude to her loving father. She is just the opposite of the singing sensation she idolizes, played by Aishwarya Rai as Baby Singh.
The movie Fanney Khan does question the mentality of fat shaming, the price to be paid for being a celebrity and about the business where appearance is the kind. But the director does not dig these important points deeper. ‘Lata’ as Fanney Khan named his daughter is fat shamed many times and those scenes touch the right emotional chord of the viewers. The movie Fanney Khan follows the story from its adaptation of Belgium film Everybody’s Famous and so the father hatches a kidnap plan with his amicable friend Adheer, played by Rajkummar Rao. He does this kidnapping so that with the ransom money he could fun the song album for her daughter. The plan does not go accordingly and the makers try to find the scope of comedy here which is just not effective.
However, the chemistry between Baby Singh and Adheer will make you gleefully happy. The major problem of the flick is that it concentrates more on Fanney Khan and less on his daughter. This is why the audience is unable to make a personal connection with the character of ‘Lata’. The ending is dramatic and cliche but the sincere lip-synchronizing by Pihu will make you emotional. Among all this, Divya Dutta as Fanney’s wife Kavita says the best thing in the movie Fanney Khan which asks ‘Kya Star Banna Zaruri Hai?” and this question definitely needs a lot of thinking and mulling. for the middle-class folks!