MOVIE REVIEW: FINDING FANNY
By : Dhivana Rajgopaul
Finding Fanny has introduced something new to its Indian viewers. It is not in popular Hindi but it uses both English and Konkani.
The film, which featurees the new generation of Bollywood stars- Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor- also showcases the talents of Naseeruddhin Shah, Pankaj Kapur and Dimple Kapadia who were popular during the 70’s, 80’s and in the 90’s.
The basic plot starts with Ferdie (Shah) receiving an unsent letter that he had mailed to the woman that he loved, Fanny, 46 years ago. He experiences extreme grief after receiving the letter because it enclosed a marriage proposal to Fanny. His only friend Angie (Padukone) convinces him to search for Fanny and asks the local artist Pedro (Kapur) if they can use his car. He allows it only on the condition that Angie’s mother in law (Kapadia) joins them on the trip. Savio (Kapoor) is the only one who can drive the car but he has a past with Angie, which further complicates their trip. They all go on the road trip in the hope of finding Fanny but their trip is filled with ups and downs.
This is the third film that director Homi Adajania has directed. Adajania has previously worked with all the main actors excluding Pankaj Kapur and Arjun Kapoor. According to the director, he would not have made Finding Fanny if Naseeruddhin Shah was not available to do the film
The performances by all the actors are commendable. Each actor is doing something that they have never done before in this film. The storyline of the film is unusual because it does not follow one basic plot but has different layers that makes it interesting and gives insight into each character. The characters that are depicted in this film are not perfect but each has their own perfect ending.
Mathias Duplessy, Sachin-Jigar and Sachin Gupta are the minds behind the music used in this film.
Finding Fanny is altogether an interesting film and joins the ranks of the many other great films produced by Hindi cinema this year.