New version for old?

Fanney Khan seems like an interesting experience. The second song from the Atul Manjrekar film that stars Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as a passing fantasy has music that is fiddled. No, we do not mean someone is playing the violin on the soundtrack, but that songs seem to be repurposed, like Jawaan hai mohabbat and now Halka halka, which sounds like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s original Yeh jo halka halka suroor hai with a techno vibe attached. This one too has ARB lashing her neon-red hair around, while a besotted Rao beams inanely at her. Yes, the same old tactic of showing off a celebrity enjoying ‘normal’ people and ‘normal’ situations – from drinking cutting chai to dancing on the street – is used, but with acting talents like Rao and Kapoor, this could just be a good thing. If only ARB would be less contrived and conscious of her glam image….