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Fanney Khan Review: The potential of a great film is destroyed by a sloppy execution

  • Zinia Bandyopadhyay

    Zinia Bandyopadhyay (400,473 DM Points)

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    Desimartini | Updated - August 03, 2018 3:08 PM IST
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    Verdict - If you are way too free this weekend, you may go and watch the film, but it would not at all do any harm to let this one pass.

    Fanney KhanRelease date : August 03, 2018

    Fanney Khan. You would know what the term means at the very beginning of the film, thanks to Rajkummar Rao’s narration in the background. The film begins with a potential to be one of the great films that we would see. I mean, what is there for the film to go bad. There is an extremely talented star cast, a great script (this is the remake of the Belgian film, Everybody’s Famous, that had been nominated for the Oscars), the look of the characters were fantastic. Needless to say, a super excited me went to watch the film first day first show itself.
    Sadly, for me, I came out utterly disappointed. You might ask me what went bad? Well, execution was a complete downer. The film stays close and true to the Belgian original, but everything just goes haywire. While the cuts after every scene in the first half were a little jolting, it still had the potential to rise. But the entire film just went downhill by the second half, touching a low in the climax and in the final roundoff and the end.
    I would not get into the story. Let me just say that this remake stays very close to the Belgian original. Right from the issues of your looks affecting your talent to people taking advantage of ours because you are famous, to poverty and body shaming, the film touches all the issues. The problem begins when it tries to touch too many issues , all at once, and without proper closure to any of the said issues. There’s ugly fight for TRPs, prying and opportunistic managers and producers who will go to any low for money, to even the Kashmir problem and intentional wardrobe malfunctions, there is barely anything the film does not talk about. The mishmash just spreads all over the place and by the end of the film, even though you want to really be one with the characters and laugh and cry with them all you can do is watch it and regret the superficiality.
    But to say that the film is all bad would be unjust. The film does have its own strength. The earnest performances are laudable. And what I loved most about the film was how an older actress was paired opposite a younger actor and not a hue and cry was made about it. Anil Kapoor plays a man close to his age and the simplicity of the film is beautiful. The relationships shown in the film are pure. The father-daughter relationship was the highlight, but you would also love the truthfulness of the friendship or the marriage that is shown here.
    The film is incomplete without the mention of debutant Pihu Sand who is amazing in the film. She portrays every emotion with utmost truthfulness and she is really good.
    The music of the film is another important aspect. While it is good, it had an immense chance to be better.
    If you are way too free this weekend, you may go and watch the film, but it would not at all do any harm to let this one pass.

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