I have since my childhood been a big fan of Anil Kapoor. This actor is a perfect example of a good wine that has aged perfectly. He is such a delight to watch on screen. The movie – Fanney Khan -belongs to Anil Kapoor. If you want to watch it, watch it for the brilliance of this actor – his performance as a father who wants to see his unfulfilled and long cherished dream come true by his daughter is brilliant.
Another wonderful new find in the movie is the young girl Pihu Sand who essays the character of Lata Sharma – the daughter of Anil Kapoor’s character – Prashant Sharma. Divya Dutta as the doting and cautious mother along with Rajkumar Rao as the dependable work colleague and friend of the father are always dependable in any role. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan casting in this movie is so out of place. Girish Kulkarni is making quite an impact in negative roles could end up being the next Shakti Kapoor of Indian cinema.
The movie lacked a strong, logical and gripping script. Even though the power packed emotional performances of the main characters do hold your attention for some time, the movie does not stay with you once you leave the cinema except for the memories of Anil Kapoor in some touching scenes – like the eagerness of playing the hummed tune of his composition on a mobile phone to his wife and daughter.
The other let down of the movie besides the script was the music. Both versions of the ‘Achhe Din’ song were nice but not memorable. The finale song at the Talent show – Tera Jaisu Tu Hai was heartfelt but not hummable after the movie.
I would give Fanney Khan 2 out of 5 just for the sincerity of Anil Kapoor and the rest of the main cast except Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.