The Rundown: Fanney Khan Songs
Yashica Dutt · August 01, 2018 · 3 Minute Read
Soon-to-be-released Fanney Khan, although not entirely an original story, paves an engaging and exciting new path forward for Bollywood as it embraces fresh ideas. An official remake of the Dutch film Everybody’s Famous, Fanney Khan narrates a tale that probably predates the film industry – a man (and also his daughter’s) journey to realize their dreams. The trailers quickly created a mini-hysteria among Bollywood fans — particularly fans of Aishwarya Rai movies, and those looking to see a romance between her and leading man Rajkummar Rao.
It also helps that the screen goddess, who has been rationing her movie appearances since the birth of her daughter a few years ago, plays the role of a highly famous pop star. A well-seasoned Anil Kapoor appears as the talented father who hopes to live his Bollywood dreams through his daughter, and acting powerhouse Rajkummar Rao plays his friend and partner-in-crime, literally. While the movie trailers are creating plenty of buzz, the selectively released tracks from the album have also helped with Fanney Khan’s publicity.
Halka Halka – If you get the feeling that you’ve heard it before, then you probably have – kind of. The hook is taken from the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s famous qawwali by the same title. But save for its familiar title, this new track is pretty unique. On its own, this track is created as a club banger, with familiar EDM beats in the background over simple yet catchy lyrics. Voiced by Sunidhi Chauhan, it’s one of the few tracks to have its entire video available online
Achche Din – We know what you’re thinking. We thought the same thing when we first heard the lyrics, which are the exact replica of the extremely popular slogan for the ruling political party. Whether lyricist Irshad Kamil intended to make a robust political statement with this one or not is open to interpretation. But given the movie’s context, where a financially struggling father is doing everything he can to help fulfill his daughter’s ambitions, the song is a great fit. Watch out for Anil Kapoor’s emotive acting, Amit Trivedi’s heartwarming tunes and lyrics like Khuda Tumhe Parnam Hai Sadar, Par Tune Di Bas Ek Hi Chadar, Kya Odhe Kya Bichayenge. Thanks to all these, the song is already a huge hit.
Tere Jaisa Tu Hai – It’s almost refreshingly shocking that Fanney Khan features a major plotline around Anil Kapoor’s daughter who, despite her tremendous singing talent, is mocked for her appearance. This song tackles that head-on, highlighting how as an industry and a society we have forgotten to value the uniqueness and individuality of people by focusing only on their looks. Monali Thakur delivers a powerful performance that’s sure to make it a chartbuster.
Fu Bai Fu – Remember the old tradition from mostly the ’80s, where a song in a movie would role call other famous movies and their songs? Both Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Saath Saath Hain featured them and those songs went on to become huge hits in their era. But since the mid-2000s, that practice somehow disappeared as filmmakers largely turned to item numbers to increase visibility. This particular track is a nod to that old Bollywood tradition. While its hook is also the name of a popular Marathi standup comedy show, the rest of the song simply name-checks dialogues and movie names from the last decade. Listen for a fun time.
Mohabbat – If you are a fan of old black-and-white classics, you’ll recognize this tune instantly. Even though it’s far from the only song in the album that’s inspired by another track or based on a pop culture phenomenon (almost every song in the album is some kind of tribute), it’s probably the most faithful recreation among them. Based on the popular hit tune, Jawan Hai Mohabbat from 1946-released Anmol Ghadi, it’s a combination of a stage song/item number minus the unnecessary revealing outfits – Rai was known to have insisted to have it that way. A fun, dancey track sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, it might be a good addition to your club playlist.
Listen to these tracks from the Fanney Khan album here!