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Finding Fanny (2014)

My Ratings: 3/5.

In our school/college days we all must have come across such so-called ‘cool’ kids who would wear weird clothes, have tattoos in unexpected places, sport bizarre haircuts or act funny – basically do anything to look different.

Finding Fanny is one such pseudo-cool film that tries hard to be different (unfortunately a bit too hard).

No doubt the film has a fresh feel to it and the first half shoots up your anticipation to a positive high but alas, then comes the second half.

Backdrop being a small village named Pocolim in Goa, Finding Fanny is based on a very simple premise – five lazy people in a mission to find – as the name suggests – Fanny (ones long lost love).

Now as they say that the destination is not important but the journey is, Finding Fanny indeed starts off as a very interesting journey.

After Being Cyrus and Cocktail, this time Director Homi Adajania has managed to rope-in a dream cast for his film.

Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor and each of these actors has done justice to their unique characters.

Naseeruddin plays the very shy and meek ex-postman Fredie who misses his one true love Fanny (a 46 year old incomplete love story); though I felt Naseeruddin’s character didn’t get much of a chance to show off in comparison to others.

On the other hand Pankaj Kapur plays the famous artist named Don Pedro Cleto Colaco and he is hilarious with his strange ‘Madame’ accent and a few artistic affinities.

Dimple has given a very natural performance in the film playing a widow named Rosie; her curvy voracious figure still remains the inspiration for many (especially the artistic minds).

Deepika, the second widow in the house named Angie. She manages to remain this cute, innocent, village-girl (virgin too) for most part of the film except may be for once – the night when the car broke down in the middle of nowhere but she slept comfortably in her bra the whole night and that too after loosing her virginity to her long lost childhood friend (also a dear friend of her dead husband!).

And then there is Savio Da Gama, Arjun Kapoor who has a good screen presence and this kind of roles of aimless angry lover boys suit him perfectly.

But then again, I think the real stars of Finding Fanny are Anil Mehta, the cinematographer and to some extent the colorist of the film too.

Because I think it’s kind of a challenge in itself to show Goa without its beautiful beaches and the blue sea and yet make it look beautiful; and Finding Fanny, no matter what happens to the storyline is a pleasure to watch.

If the story in the second half made a little bit sense then I am sure Finding Fanny would have been a much better movie.

A fun film, a combination of slapstick and dark comedy with some very odd events (let’s call them twists) in the storyline.

Watch at your own fun.

 

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