Fanney Khan, Movie Review: Dare Not Body-Shame Girls; Anil & Aishwarya Teach You A Lesson In This Emotional Tale

Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai return 19 years after Taal to tell us where we are going wrong. Rajkummar Rao joins them with affability...


Like Mulk brought many questions to the fore of the present society, ditto for Fanney Khan which asks: Why do we judge people by their looks? Why do we get angry with our parents when they cannot afford our demands? Why is it a general feeling that females who have made it to the top had to compromise? This Friday has been quite thought-provoking.


Fanney Khan's questions stem all from Pihu Sand's overweight.  But mind you, her freestyle acting would have rattled many newbies. Must say that it reminds you of Shikha Talsania's carefree performance in Veere Di Wedding. 


Aishwarya Rai, who plays a singing sensation, looks breathtakingly beautiful. Am I going to be sued on copyright issue on this line by other sections of the media? As for Rai's performance, she hits the right notes. Watch her in the last scene where her chemistry with Rajkummar Rao is to be seen to be believed. Watch her in the car where she eventually walks out on Karan Singh Chhabra when suggested to do a wardrobe malfunction to create a dhamaka. Watch her in the scene where she convinces Rao to get her pet dog from her flat.

Rao as Anil's close friend, on the other hand, pulls off yet another master performance. This man is simply clay.


And then of course, we have Pihu's father, Anil Kapoor, who is still relevant today in Bollywood, almost every minute. Watch him in all the scenes where Pihu shuns him, the hurt in his eyes so evident but so is the love for her. Watch him in the scene where he stands on a street of south Mumbai and wonders how he can make Pihu famous. Watch him in the scene where he gets perturbed hearing news on TV and starts looking for his phone.

Playing Anil's wife and Pihu's mother, Divya Dutta hits the nail on the head.


What also stands out is Aishwarya and Rao's chemistry. It is too cute for words, they make you grin in all the scenes that have them sharing screen space.

Emotional, dramatic and funny. The emotional quotient is high but should have been more, and the comedy quotient lesser. That's the only problem in Fanney Khan, which is still a must-watch.


Too many lessons in the film and a lot to learn if you are a good student. Oh, life would be so nice if we are not chasing something or the other all the while.

Amit Trivedi should have worked harder. The album passes the muster but considering that music is the film's premise, should have had more soul. Don't miss Rao uttering a line: Aajkal saare gaane ek jaise hi lagte hain. Lyricists and music directors, food for thought!

I am going with THREE.