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The trailer of Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, and Rajkumar Rao starrer Fanney Khan is out and it seems Bollywood is becoming more real with its representations on screen.
Anil Kapoor is Fanney Khan, a struggling musician from a ’90’s orchestra, living in a Mumbai chawl. His dream is to see his daughter, Lata Sharma, (played by Pihu Sharma) become a famous singer. However, when Lata comes to perform on stage, she is taunted for being overweight. A girl from the audience calls her moti (fatso).
Anil Kapoor is determined to help his daughter realize her dream and towards that end, he thinks of launching a singles album for Lata. But since he doesn’t have the financial capability to invest in the same, he takes Rajkumar Rao’s help to kidnap a famous singer, Baby Singh (played by Aishwarya Rai), in order to extort money from her. What follows seem to be a friendship between the kidnappers (who are anything but menacing) and Baby.
Anil Kapoor’s daughter is a plus sized girl whose talent gets overlooked by the society which is critical of women who aren’t thin enough for their liking. I loved the fact that a mainstream Bollywood movie wanted to bring such a topic to the fore and explore it when once upon a time, Bollywood itself was known for its fat shaming jokes.
Another heartwarming fact about the movie is that the father struggles to help his daughter reach for her dreams. It is indeed lovely to see that instead of being a patriarchal stereotype, this father wants to give all the opportunities to his daughter to shine, even at the cost of kidnapping someone!
The trailer of Fanney Khan seems to deal with a refreshing topic in a real way. This movie might help in taking Bollywood one step further towards the representation of actresses with all body sizes.
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