Anil Kapoor tries hard to salvage a dying film
Starring – Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkumar Rao, Pihu Sand, Divya Dutta and Girish Kulkarni
Director – Atul Manjrekar
Rating – 1.5/5
What it’s about
Prashant Sharma a.k.a Fanney Khan is a simple man whose dream of becoming a singer is left unfulfilled due to lack of opportunities. He pins all his hopes on his daughter Lata (Pihu Sand) and now dreams of making her a famous singer. While she has a beautiful voice, Lata is an overweight girl who aspires to be like the singing sensation Baby Singh (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan).
However, Lata is mocked for her weight and is taunted in the worst possible ways. But daddy dearest Fanney Khan will stop at nothing to make her a renowned singer. Things take a turn when he suddenly runs into Baby Singh and decides to kidnap her in the spur of the moment. So, along with his friend Adheer (Rajkumar Rao) he holds Baby Singh hostage and demands a ransom that will help produce Lata’s music album. The rest of the plot or let’s say snooze-fest takes off from there.
Ups and Downs
The film begins by touching upon some serious issues like fat-shaming, the importance of body image and the pressures on youth. But none of these concerns are addressed or exploited. The film’s focus remains on Fanney Khan wanting to make his daughter a star despite the conditions. Being like any other normal teenager, Lata is embarrassed of her father’s over enthusiasm and detests his zeal for singing.
Right from the beginning, the scenes lead up to an under-dog like situation where you know that Lata will ultimately taste success. (spoiler alert!) But various sub-plots deviate from the actual matter at hand and go off into another tangent. Certain scenes with Rajkumar Rao’s funny antics will make you smile but that’s about it. Aishwarya and Rajkumar’s chemistry seemed interesting although it has an abrupt jerk towards the end.
Given Fanney’s humble background, the sudden kidnapping of Baby Singh comes as the first shocker that makes no sense at all. The second is when Baby Singh being a super famous singer is unaffected by this kidnapping and soon begins to get friendly with her kidnapper Adheer. The third shocker will leave you feeling absolutely disappointed and make you go WTF!? (Hint: It involves people applauding for no apparent reason) It’s like the director has given himself a pat on the back for something that he thinks is sensational.
Even though the film is centred around music, none of the songs except ‘mere jaisa tu hai’ leaves a lasting impact on you. But that too has been stretched unnecessarily.
Your heart goes out to Anil Kapoor who manages to pull off his role as the doting father with great intensity. His sheer honesty to the character leaves a lasting impact.
Aishwarya Rai seemed to be playing herself in the role of a glamourous superstar. With not much to do she is almost wasted in the film. Rajkumar Rao as Fanney’s partner-in-crime provides the much needed comic relief. His nervous yet brave attempts at flirting are very naive and relatable.
Girish Kulkarni plays the menacing and sleazy manager to the T and manages to leave a mark. Divya Dutta as Fanney’s devoted wife and Lata’s affectionate mother is strictly okay.
#SupriyaSays: You can definitely skip this musical disaster and save you money.
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