FINDING FANNY is unintentionally funny. There are moments in the film (and many at that) when you can't stop yourself from spontaneous laughter. The scenes are so natural and innovative that you cannot but applaud the genius of the cast on screen as well as director Homi Adajania. I bet the scenes were not meant to evoke laughter, but just the genuinity of the situation and the well-orchestrated act leaves you spell-bound.
The entire cast is a riot. Naseeruddin Shah, Deepika Padukone, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur and Arjun Kapoor all fit into their role of a Goan with aplomb. My only grouse with Adajania is that the characters were not trained to speak and pronounce the few Goan words used with the proper pronunciation.
Nevertheless, this is one film that not only Goans [like me] will enjoy, but also, every film buff. Like the saying goes, 'this work of art is worth going miles to see'.
And when was the last time the music left a lasting impression on you? Mathias Duplessy brings in layers to his tunes with textures that are soothing. Even as the end credits were rolling, I refused to leave the theatre. I was busy savouring the moment that just passed by and enjoying the final song.CHECK OUT: FINDING FANNY Music Review
Take a bow Homi Adajania and the entire cast and crew of FINDING FANNY. This movie, set in a make-believe village called Pocolim, somewhere in Goa, is deliciously quirky.
Deepika Padukone has finally found her foot as an actor. The girl plays Angie, a young widow, with grace. Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) has just been returned his letter posted 46 years ago to Fanny, the girl he loved. A bachelor now in in his 70s, he shows the letter to his friend and neighbour Angie. All this while he thought Fanny had rejected him. Now, he sees hope. She had never even received his proposal!
Angie urges Ferdie to go out in search of his love. Helping Angie out is her widowed mother-in-law Rosie (Dimple Kapadia), Savio DaGama (Arjun Kapoor) and Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapur), the local artist. This journey of theirs to help Ferdie find Fanny also helps them knock on the door of love.
Coming back to Deepika, she charms her way on the screen with her complete understanding of Angie, the bottled up character she plays. Naseeruddin Shah gives a gem of a performance as the lovelorn old man who has suddenly found his joie de vivre
Pankaj as the eccentric artist who has the 'hots' for Rosie is a revelation. Watch the scene when he paints Rosie in an open field. Also watch for Rosie's reaction after the completion of the painting. Dimple is delightful.CHECK OUT: FINDING FANNY Dialogues
Arjun Kapoor sheds his angry young man role to play this boy lost in love with imposing impact. And that's the best part of this cast, each has such powerful roles that they don't get into anyone's shoes.
Goa is captured beautifully with its villages and road scenes, not to mention the English in which they all speak!
FINDING FANNY is a treat for cinema lovers. It's as though filmmakers have finally realized that audiences too have to be respected.