Movie Review: Finding Fanny
A little ‘love’, a little ‘laugh’ and a heavy dose of simplicity is what makes Finding Fanny sublime. It tells an unsubstantial story in a substantial manner, and doesn’t shy away from defying ‘sense’ at times, only to strike a chord with the strings of your heart. Just like ‘Feni’, an exclusive liquor found in Goa, the film is enlivening and gives you a ‘time well spent’ hangover.
The ‘almost perfect’ ensemble cast
While each and every frame of the film resembled a postcard, Deepika Padukone looked a painting in motion. When she is on the screen, you won’t care to look at anyone else. She commands attention even when she is silent. Her ‘au naturel’ look and spontaneous acting are reasons enough to watch the film.
The oldest member of the cast Naseeruddin Shah delights everyone with a childlike performance. If Deepika is the heart, he is the soul of the film. Pankaj Kapur brilliantly displays his ‘naughty at 60’ side and Dimple Kapadia still looks sexy at 57. Arjun Kapoor delivers a mellowed down performance, while keeping his cuteness quotient high and devilish grin intact.
Ranveer Singh has a memorable cameo as Deepika’s ‘short lived husband’, who dies after choking on his own wedding cake. Yes, you heard it right. It so turns out that the bride-groom statue at the top of the cake was not an icing but was made of plastic, because his mother was trying to save money. How original, isn’t it?
Finding Fanny is all about going that extra mile for your loved ones. The only flipside to the film is its relatively slow pace and the average musical score by Mathias Duplessy and Sachin-Jigar. The hit track ‘Shake Your Bootiya’ is neither to be found in the film nor in the end credits.
A vintage car, five ‘far from being perfect’ characters and a dead cat in Goa’s picturesque locations; ‘Finding Fanny’ is a journey which everyone should experience at least once. We need more films like this one.