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  • ...is laced with illogical plot and a lot of loose ends. But the emotional and funny moments coupled with some fine performances ensure that the film turns out to be a decent, entertaining fare.

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  • It does strike a few wrong chords to culminate into an emotional yet convenient climax. However, the showstopper is clearly Anil Kapoor with a knockout performance...

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  • Atul Manjrekar hasn’t made the perfect debut but has shown his heart is in the right place...

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  • What begins as a slice-of-life film about following your dreams ends as a fairytale. It is charming but not rooted in reality. Only if life was so forgiving.

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  • The actors help the movie navigate the implausibility at the heart of the plot and its facile critique of a music industry in which talent is worthy of being recognised only if it is televised.

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  • ...is only mildly inspirational, and lacks the intensity and thrill that would force audiences to imagine the worst when the story takes an unexpected turn.

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  • Even when the film becomes a slog, Kapoor saab, as I call him, stands tall.

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  • ...is a well-meaning feint at the issue of body-shaming and an exhortation to not give up on one’s dreams. Yet, it also shows the yawning chasm between intent and execution into which so many Hindi films fall.

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  • ...is in the same space as Tumhari Sulu and Secret Superstar where starry-eyed aspiration and gullible hearts of gold go but nowhere as grounded in reality.

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  • A bit too convoluted even if you could try to sympathise with the length that a common man has to go to, to fulfill his dreams.

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  • ...has the right plot premise. But the whole treatment is so convoluted, it makes you want to scream for help because it appears like a bunch of amateurs were behind the scenes.

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  • ...abounds in such leaps of logic. But all of it is in the pursuit of some harmless fun and emotional manipulation. The fun remains low-key; the vigorous pulling at the heartstrings, which gathers momentum in the lead-up to the climax, yields some returns by way of emotional impact.

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  • The film is based on a story from a Dutch film 'Everybody is Famous', but for a music based story the music isn't up to par. What shines are performances for Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao. Everyone else, especially his daughter deserve a good hiding.

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  • A weak script with some directing inconsistencies, Fanney Khan had room to be an enjoyable comedy or satire. Instead it careened towards over-the-top melodrama with debatable messaging.

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  • Filmmaker Atul Manjrekar doesn't seem to be able to look beyond just his lead actor. Fanney Khan is an Anil Kapoor film. That is its biggest strength and weakness.

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  • ...squanders so much potential, it practically breaks your heart. Only Anil Kapoor succeeds in leaving his stamp all over the film, making your heart go out to this 'selfless' man on a mission.

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  • You'd be dumbstruck at the unnecessarily complicated mess that the hero finds himself in, merely to serve the purpose of an over-imagined plot.

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  • Despite the presence of a heavy duty cast, the film is just not able to fly. So bogged down does it get with its predictable arc and overt sense of righteousness that it ends up flat and deadening; silly rather than scintillating.

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  • Kapoor's performance as a desperate and doting dad draws empathy even as the story falters.

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  • ...none of these crucial issues are explored; after a cursory mention, the film gets lost in tired clichés.

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  • ...right from the beginning, we don't know the point of Fanney Khan.

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  • Right from the word go, for all the lunacy that seems to be going on in this unexciting storyline, it never seems terribly frantic, nor engaging, leave alone entertaining!

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