Fanney Khan is a 2018 Indian musical comedy film written and directed by debutant Atul Manjrekar. It was jointly produced by the banners T-Series Films, Rakesh Omprakash Mehta Pictures and Anil Kapoor Films & Communication Network. A remake of the 2002 Belgian film Everybody’s Famous!, it follows Kapoor as the titular character, the middle-aged father of a young, aspiring, and overweight teenage girl whom he pushes to be a singer. He kidnaps a famous soloist to make way for his daughter to become a star.
The film was announced in June 2016 with Kapoor playing the lead role; after considering Priyanka Chopra and R. Madhavan among others for the other two starring roles, Rai and Rao were chosen. Principal photography in Mumbai in September 2017. Rai’s costumes were redesigned by Manish Malhotra after she expressed dissatisfaction over the previous clothes. After shooting was disrupted in April 2018 over producer KriArj Entertainment’s non-payment of dues, Bhushan Kumar of T-Series took over the entire production. Filming was completed in Mehboob Studios, Mumbai in June 2018.
Fanney Khan was initially scheduled for a worldwide release on 15 June 2018, coinciding with Eid. It was postponed, and had its initial release in the United Arab Emirates on 2 August 2018, and was released worldwide on 3 August 2018.
Prashant Kumar “Fanney Khan” (Anil Kapoor), a part-time vocalist in an orchestra, dreams of becoming a singer but circumstances prevent him from being one. After marriage and heading a middle class family, he fuels his dream through his overweight teenage daughter Lata Sharma (Pihu Sand), named after singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Lata constantly fails in making an impact on muscial shows, and is booed upon due to her weight. Out of desperation to make his daughter a singer after he is fired from his job, Fanney kidnaps well known soloist Baby Singh (Aishwarya Rai) with the help of Adhir (Rajkummar Rao). He demands that Lata be heard on a music show lest he kills Baby.
Anil Kapoor as Prashant Kumar “Fanney Khan”
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Baby Singh
Rajkummar Rao as Adhir
Divya Dutta as Kavita Sharma
Karan Singh Chhabra as Karan Kakkad
Pihu Sand as Lata Sharma
Satish Kaushik as Fanney Khan’s Friend
Anaitha Nair as Rhea
Girish Kulkarni as Baby Singh’s Manager
In June 2016, it was announced that Anil Kapoor would play the lead role in a Rakesh Omprakash Mehra production, which was tentatively titled Fanney Khan.The film is an official remake of the Dominique Deruddere-directed Belgian Dutch-language satirical comedy Everybody’s Famous! (2001).The original was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 73rd Academy Awards, and follows the relationship between a father and her teenage girl, whom he forces to be a singer. Fanney Khan was directed by debutant Atul Manjrekar, who had previously directed television advertisements and was a close associate of Mehra.Other than Kapoor and Mehta, members of the cast and crew were not finalized when the production was announced.Musical recording and other preparations began on 20 June 2016, and auditions were initiated for the role of two teenage characters.
In October 2016, Priyanka Chopra was approached to play the role of a pop singer and expressed her willingness to join the project prior to signing the contract.Chopra later rejected the film. Mehra was keen to cast either Chopra, Katrina Kaif or Kareena Kapoor for the role and had approached both Chopra and Kaif; however, producer Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment wanted Aishwarya Rai to play the character and directly approached her.In June 2017, KriArj released a statement conveying that they were co-producing the film along with Mehta’s company and T-Series Films.The announcement also declared that the role of the pop singer would be played by Rai. Arjun N. Kapoor of KriArj conveyed that the film dealt with a father-daughter relationship and said, “Fanney Khan is a very emotional story that needs to be told.”The film marked the third collaboration between Kapoor and Rai after Taal (1999) and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000).
In August 2017, reports suggested that R. Madhavan was being considered to play the romantic interest of Rai’s character.Arora declined to acknowledge the rumours, adding that she couldn’t confirm the news before anything was decided. She stated that Mehta and Manjrekar were searching for a suited actor to play the character up to that time. On 31 August 2017, Madhavan stated that he couldn’t play a role in the film owing to conflicting schedules with his other multilingual film ventures.On the same day, Mehta publicly revealed that Rajkummar Rao would play the role opposite Rai through his Twitter handle.Rao stated that he would attend workshops and readings in preparation after filming for the web-series Bose: Dead/Alive in Poland.
Mehta had intially approached Kapoor in 2013 with the idea of a remake and gave him a DVD of Everybody’s Famous!.At the time, Kapoor did not take Mehta’s request seriously.During the production of Mirzya, which was directed by Mehta and starred Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor, he was approached again by the film’s financer and distributor to consider the proposal. Kapoor then watched the original, and realized that he was foolish in not agreeing to do the film earlier.Mehta and Kapoor then procured the rights to remake Everybody’s Famous! from its makers.He played the role of a middle-aged singer and father in Fanney Khan, which was the second time he portrayed a singer in his career after Woh Saat Din (1983). Kapoor felt that no film in Bollywood had previously dealt with the subject of body-shaming. The film’s subject also has parallels to his real life.
Manjrekar joined the film after Mehta asked him if he wanted to direct the subject. He felt that it was a very relevant subject. Manjrekar felt that the film merely retained the “soul and essence” of the original.Tags: Fanney Khan