Finding Fanny: A Review

From the makers of Being Cyrus and Cocktail, comes to you a story of five unfinished love in Finding Fanny. If you have heard Ernst Hemingway’s “It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters in the end,” then this is a movie that brings to life this quote.

Finding Fanny is unconventional, different from any Bollywood film you have ever watched. Five completely different characters come together in a journey to find Fanny; the only one thing common between them is their loneliness.

Set in a small isolated village in Goa, the movie takes you on an amazing picturesque journey. All of the characters lead a very simple life. As Angie (Deepika Padukone) says, they try to “make the most out of life in Pocolim”. It’s easy to tell that they (all characters that appear on screen) are all lonely but make an effort to believe that they have a satisfying life, mostly with the support of deception.

As the trailer gives out, Ferdie (Naseerudin Shah) after 46 years finds out that a letter he had written to the only “girl” he ever loved, never actually reached her. When Ferdie shares the letter with Angie (who has an incomplete love story herself), she decides to help Ferdie find the love of his life.

Ferdie and Angie need a car and a driver; they approach Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapoor), the international painter looking for his last inspiration, who has an imported car but doesn’t drive. Angie requests Savio (Arjun Kapoor) to drive them around Goa in search of Fanny. Savio had once loved Angie, but left Goa when she married his best friend. He agrees to drive them around Goa with the hope to find a companion in Angie in that journey to find Fanny. The voluptuous Rosie (Dimple Kapadia), who is Angie’s mother-in-law, decides to join Angie, Ferdie and Savio to save her daughter-in-law from the roving eyes of Savio. Don Pedro tags along with the hope to bring into canvass the beauty of Rosie.

Clearly inspired by the Hollywood film, Letters to Juliet, the five lonely characters embark on a journey together with one single aim: Finding Fanny. The essence of the story is found in what unfolds in that journey. The past of the characters unfurl in that journey. The director beautifully conveys that one reality: The characters, like every being, are only human, desperately looking to find love.

The cinematography of Anil Mehta is nothing less than perfect. The music is rightly in sync with the tone of the movie, very minimalistic. There can be no complaint against the direction either. But, and it’s a big “but”, the movie does not give you any time to connect with the characters. The movie is slow and yet it is not enough to get to know the characters well. The only character I personally connected to was with that of Naseerudin Shah’s. He has done a brilliant job, and clearly steals the silver screen. The performance by Deepika, Arjun, Pankaj and Kapadia is flawless too, but their characters do not manage to touch a chord with the audience.

Though the movie has a perfect unconventional Bollywood ending, it somehow leaves you dissatisfied; it leaves you wanting more. The painting of Rosie made by Don Pedro is what rightly describes the movie: It is beautifully done, it comes with an appealing look, it is unconventional, but if you are not a painter, you cannot connect with it; it is hollow.

The good thing about the movie is that it has no regular Bollywood masala. The story is kept very simple. It has taken the director only five characters, a blue imported car, a dead cat, and the picturesque beauty of Goa to put this story together.

The movie is not for every person, especially not for those who love typical Bollywood flicks. If you are looking forward to watch something different, something that comes very close to reality but yet is not one, then Finding Fanny is for you.

Personally, I would rate the film 2.5/5.

Pallavi Sharma

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