HINDI MOVIE Previews
“Fanney Khan” Starring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Divya Dutta, Pihu Sand; directed by Atul Manjrekar; music by Amit Trivedi.
This musical comedy adapted from a Dutch film tells the story of a talented middle class family man, who in his younger years, had singer songwriter dreams. Anil Kapoor stars as a father whose musical aspirations are now set on his teenage daughter Lata, who sings. He is ready to go to great lengths, taking her to contests where Lata, played by Pihu Sand, awkwardly struggles. The talented Divya Dutta plays Kapoor’s wife. One day, he meets star pop sensation Baby Singh, played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The story takes a comical turn when he decides to kidnap Baby, with the ransom demand that his daughter gets to perform on national television. Aiding him in this mission is friend Adhir, portrayed by Rajkummar Rao. But the kidnapping goes awry when Baby Singh manages to escape and Adhir falls in love with her. The makers say it’s a hilarious heartwarming display of how far a father would go to make his daughter’s dream come true. Apparently, Fanney Khan is an expression used to describe someone who thinks they are talented or accomplished but others may not agree. The lively soundtrack is sure to be a chart topper.
“Gold” Starring Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Singh, Sunny Kaushal, Nikita Dutta; directed by Reema Kagti; music by Sachin-Jigar.
Akshay Kumar has delivered several blockbusters in recent years, including “Airlift,” “Rustom” and “Padman,” this Independence Day release should add to that list. Inspired by the hockey team that won the first gold medal for independent India at the London Olympics in 1948, this sports drama is a fictional account that traces the “golden era” of Indian hockey. We follow the journey of Tapan Das, played by Akshay Kumar, a young assistant team manager who dreams of playing for an independent nation. Popular television actress Mouni Roy makes her Hindi film debut as Monobina, Tapan’s wife. The ensemble cast includes Kunal Kapoor as team coach Samrat, and Vineet Singh, Sunny Kaushal and Amit Sadh as key team players. Reports say Kumar worked with a tutor to achieve the correct Bengali mannerisms. An inspirational story about a team’s struggles against adversity to bring respect and pride to the country, “Gold” seems like perfect viewing for India’s Independence Day.