Finding Fanny is a very eccentric story of a few mismatched people together on a road trip.
It is a twisted light-hearted-dark-comic journey, with a vague starry-eyed lover, a pervert artist, a voluptuous widow, a simple and sweet lassie and a morose young chap.
The improbable cluster set off on a road trip looking for the vague lover’s (Naseeruddin Shah) sweetheart, Stefanie Fernandes, even if nobody knows whether she’s breathing or departed or just a fantasy.
As they leave on the quest to discover their destination and Stephanie Fernandes, we soon discover the quirky characters that make us think about life and smile at it.
While the concept of a lover finding an undelivered letter after years and then setting on a journey to find the love, might have been borrowed from the film Letters to Juliet (2010) but has been presented in a very different, enjoyable way.
Right from the Disclaimer of the film, you have a smirk on your face.
|Finding Fanny is a very eccentric story of a few mismatched people together on a road trip.|
|The actors deliver nothing short of an extraordinary performance.|
|While Homi could comfortably continue to make commercial hits, with Finding Fanny he has made a different film.|
|The colour palette of the film is so earthy that it’s a pleasure to watch a film that is not too polished.|
|Just two foot-tapping songs, which are melodious and easy on the ear.|
|Finding Fanny is a light-hearted-dark-comedy. Don’t try to get into too many details and find any pretentious meaning to it.|
|A MUST WATCH|
What can you expect after packing brilliant veteran actors like Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia in a small car? The actors deliver nothing short of an extraordinary performance.
It is just too enjoyable to see all of them in one frame. You are so lost in their characters that it’s a crime to judge who is the better actor. They just help each other in every way.
Rosy (Dimple Kapadia) known as ‘the first lady of Pokoli’, is really the one who runs the township. She takes charge of anyone needing any assistance in the village.
Arjun Kapoor, as an irritated bellied guy with emotional baggage, plays the character of Savio quite well, as if the role was written after watching him closely.
Finally Deepika Padukone has given a wonderful and refreshing performance. She has blended with her character of Angie so well and with such ease that it’s fun to watch her in Finding Fanny.
The film is owned by Naseeruddin Shah, described as the ‘Casanova of Konkan’ and Pankaj Kapur, who together are faultless and such a delight to watch in every frame.
Homi oh Homi! The director, Homi Adajania, who once showed us a piece of Parsi life in his gripping debut film Being Cyrus (2005), this time, explores the Goan Catholic community.
Soon after Being Cyrus, he made a hit commercial film Cocktail (2012). While he could comfortably continue to make commercial hits with singing and dancing, with Finding Fanny he made a different film, which he wanted to.
The colour palette of the film is so earthy and organic that it’s a pleasure to watch a Bollywood film that is not too polished and captures environs and people the way they are!
As you voyage through serene, beautiful Goa (not the over-the-top Goa shown in all the other films) you take a trip into the travellers’ lives. The way you gradually get to know people in life, that’s the way you will get to know about these characters. Their past leisurely unveils and so does the future.
The film has a fresh understated background score which mingles with the film like it should. My only complaint from the film is if only it were in sync sound! With such brilliant actors and such tranquil locations, sync sound could have done more justice to the film.
All in all, Finding Fanny is a light-hearted-dark-comedy. Don’t try to get into too many details and find any pretentious meaning to it. Sometimes you should learn to smile at your life and life will smile at you!
It’s a journey of finding love when it’s knocking on your door all throughout. Just enjoy the film and come out smiling.