Fanney Khan: Anil Kapoor calls his character lovably flawed; shooting to begin in August
Anil Kapoor seems elated for his upcoming film Fanney Khan helmed by debutante director Atul Manjrekar. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who is also part of the project will collaborate with the actor after 17 years. They were last seen in Satish Kaushik's 2000 romantic drama Humara Dil Aapke Paas Hai.
While Aishwarya and Kapoor will not be romantically paired in Fanney Khan, it will be their second musical together, since they also shared screen space in Subhash Ghai's 1999 film Taal.
This film is likely to revolve around a 17-year-old aspiring singer, whose career takes off once her unemployed father kidnaps the top singer of the country. The original film, Dominique Deruddere's 2000 Dutch release Everybody's Famous, was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the 73rd Academy Awards.
Speaking to The Times of India, Kapoor said, "Fanney Khan is an exciting journey for me. I have always admired Aishwarya's craft and it'll be interesting to work with her again, after so long. This is also my first project with KriArj Entertainment."
He adds, "What makes the [film's] partnership with T-Series even more significant is the fact that music plays an important role in the story, which revolves around the life of an aspiring musician. Perhaps the most fun and gratifying part of the film is developing Fanney Khan's character. He is lovably flawed and celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary even as his life goes through bizarre twists and turns."
The film will be co-produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Prernaa Arora's KriArj Entertainment. Pinkvilla quotes Arora as saying, "The team starts building the set in Mumbai next month and Anil will kick off shooting in the first week of August. Aishwarya joins him by the month-end and the film will wrap up in a start-to-finish schedule by October."