Sunday, 14 September 2014

Movie Review: finding fanny!

By: Tejassvittaa Sahu

              FINDING FANNY(Romance/Satire/Drama)

[ Written by ANSHUMAN RAY ]

CAST: Deepika Padukone, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor
DIRECTION: Homi Adajania
DURATION: 1 hour 39 minutes

A bunch of five misfits embark on a journey to find a certain Stefanie “Fanny” Fernandes where they unlearn and relearn the various harsh truths of life through the veneer of humour.

"Finding Fanny" is not just a purpose. Its the pretext. An alibi for five contrasting characters to come out of their mundane lives. Ferdy (Naseeruddin Shah) is devastated when he comes to know that the letter expressing his love was never posted and that he has been living a lie for 46 years. Come Angie (Deepika Padukone) who convinces Ferdy to go and find his love as ”No one deserves an incomplete love story”. Angie takes help from old friend Savio (Arjun Kapoor) who agrees to drive them provided if she is able to convince Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapoor), owner of the car. Don Pedro readily gives his consent as his quest to find the muse is over with Rosy(Dimple kapadia), Angie’s mother in law.

Set in backwaters of Goan village Pokoli, Finding Fanny is pretty well crafted. The characterization is exceptional with all the leads playing their part totally engrossed in the mould. The acting is first-rate, courtesy the consummate ensemble cast. Deepika Padukone is elegant and disarming in every scene(if this is de-glam, i wonder what 'glamourous' would be). Arjun kapoor breathes life into the loser-in-denial savio with his sporadic emotional outbursts. But the trio of Naseeruddin Shah-Dimple kapadia-Pankaj kapoor make the movie a heartening watch. Dimple Kapadia with the Quirky-self-anointed-bossy-know-it-all act is truly effervescent. One of the major laugh out loud scenes is Rosy’s saucy remark on the effect of too much liquor on her legs. Pankaj Kapoor playing the creep-in-charge articulate pervert painter who pours his lust on the canvas is a treat to watch. The most well directed scene is the one where Don Pedro finally captures Rosy in ghastly beautiful portrait and the Rosy is flabbergasted with incredulity. Naseeruddin Shah is remarkable with the weak kneed timid demeanour and is incredibly comical.

Homi adajania captures the dysfunctional catholic people sensibly. The sound track sets the mood of a Goan backdrop. The screenplay is fine and the dialogs are laced with sarcasm. Though a well made flick it is meant for a select group of audience. The Indian movie-goers still have to grow to watch something like this.

Finding Fanny is  one of those movies you would love to watch in a lazy sunday afternoon. The notions of love are not new, though the depictions are. At the end the movie may not leave you overwhelmed but its way better than the bollywood comedies that we watch today.

Go for it if you are out-of-the-box and don't like cliched bollywood flicks.

P.S. Dont miss the “Shake your Bootiya”  song post credits. Hilarious !!!

1 comment:

  1. Great review!
    Personally I loved the closing line.
    PS: I would give the bootiya song a 5 on 5!