Movie Review : Finding Fanny

Finding Fanny: A quirky tale with a Soul

Homi Adajania is back after his commercial mainstream outing in “Cocktail” to what he does best, tell another Finding Fannyquirky tale of dysfunctional individuals which he convincingly told with his debut “Being Cyrus”.

“Finding Fanny” let me warn is not your run of the mill movie, it is abstract in its narration but the soul is at the right place.

Homi Adajania adapts Kersi Khambata’s story again after “Being Cyrus”. “Finding Fanny” primarily tells the story of five individuals Angie (Deepika Padukone), her mother-in-law Rosie (Dimple Kapadia), her naïve affable friend Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah), her mother-in-law’s admirer Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapur) and her brooding secret lover Savio Da Gama (Arjun Kapoor). Based in a small village of Goa Pocolim, the story unfolds when these five principle characters take a road trip to find Ferdie’s love, whom  he confessed love 46 years back Stefanie Fernandes a.k.a “Fanny” (Anjali Patil). How each character comes to his own and discovers themselves is what the story is all about.

The story premise by Kersi Khambata is wafer thin but it is the screenplay which accentuates the narration. It is the situations that make the story funny; each character is defined well with their set of eccentricities and insecurities. Kersi has done a brilliant job in defining the characters well. But I felt the proceeding goes from quirky to awry as the movie comes to an end. The climax could have been written better. But overall the pace never dips and at the end you have a smile. Well as I said earlier this is not your conventional film so do not expect the obvious.

The Dialogues written by Kersi and Homi is the highlight of the movie which complements the narration and lifts the scenes. They are brilliantly written with subtle humor but the impact is hilarious.

It is the performances by the ensemble cast which is a major highlight and the reason why the movie is a delight to watch. Homi undoubtedly had an enviable cast. Naseeruddin Shah as Ferdie, the emotional affable post master is brilliant. Naseer underplays his character,he has modulated his voice and his body language to portray Ferdie and the outcome is just mind-blowing.  Pankaj Kapur who plays the eccentric lusty painter Don Pedro, he again proves his brilliance with this portrayal. Although amongst the five characters, Don Pedro’s character is wafer thin as far as the writing goes but Pankaj Kapur with his portrayal takes the character to the zenith. It was delight to watch both the thespians in one frame. Dimple Kapadia as Rosie is brilliant and gives one of her best performances; she captures the nuances of Rosie’s character well. Deepika Padukone again gives a good performance with Angie, Homi extracts another cracker performance after her Veronica act in “Cocktail”. Arjun Kapoor as Savio, the brooding loser and lover shows his range as an actor.

Anil Mehta’s cinematography is so breathtaking that after watching the movie you want to take a trip to Goa. He captures the old Goa so well, something which has not been highlighted well after “Trikaal”. Goa‘s beauty lies beyond the beaches as well and Anil has captured it brilliantly.

Costumes by Anaita Shroff Adajania are so well done that it actually blends with the narration and does not look out of place. Production Design by Manisha Khandelwal is another highlight, every detail is painstakingly executed. The last highlight being the Music by Mathias Duplessy especially the backgrounds score, it just transports you to another world.

Homi Adajania breaks the conventional norms of film making and tries to create an Indian “Little Miss Sunshine”; well he partially succeeds as well. The movie’s unconventional take makes it for niche audience and it may not find takers in the masses. I will go with Four Stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Synopsis of Bollywood Movies This Weekend : 12th Sept’ 14

Finding Fanny

Creature 3D

Finding Fanny Creature 3D
“Finding Fanny” is director Homi Adajania’s next and looking at the promos it feels that Homi is back to his form of “Being Cyrus” mould. The movie has an impressive ensemble cast of Nasseruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor.

The story revolves around five dysfunctional characters of Fredie, Rosie, Don Pedro, Angie and Savio who take a road trip to find Fredie’s love Stefanie Fernandes whom Fredie had confessed his love 46 years ago through a letter which never reached Stefanie.

The movie is being produced by Dinesh Vijan and presented by Fox Star Studios. Performances by the principal cast would be the sole highlight of the movie. The movie is a bilingual in English and Hindi and releases tomorrow 12th Sept’14.

“Creature” is a monster sci-fi thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt staring Bipasha Basu, Pakistani actor Imran Abbas Naqvi & Mukul Dev as the principal cast.

The story happens when Ahana decides to buy a property in a secluded hill and converts it into a hotel, problem starts when the guests gets attacked by a mysterious creature and are killed. Ahana decides to fight the evil.

Presented by T-Series and produced by Bhushan Kumar and Kishan Kumar the movie has music by Mithoon and Tony Kakkar. In accentuate the horror quotient the movie is being presented in 3D.

It looks like a quintessential Vikram Bhatt horror movie which he has mastered all these years, and Bipasha seems to have a meaty role after a not so important role in “Humshakals”. The main focus would be on the VFX as well. Let us see whether this movie would be the India’s answer to “Predator”. The movie release tomorrow 12th Sept’14.

Trailer Finding Fanny

Homi Adajania is back with his second English film after “Being Cyrus” and his third feature film after “Cocktail”, “FINDING FANNY” with a superb cast of Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah & Pankaj Kapoor. This is Deepika & Arjun’s first English movie….Releasing on 12th Sept’14…..it will also release in Hindi as well…the Trailer is funny and expect some crackling performances by the ensemble cast..