Finding Fanny – Movie Review

16 Sep

Finding Fanny is a film set in a Pokolim, a small village in Goa. It’s so small that you won’t find it on a map, or so claims Angie (played by Deepika Padukone). Angie is a widow whose husband (Ranveer Singh in a special appearance) chokes on a wedding cake on his own wedding. So, she lives with her mother-in-law, Rosie (Dimple Kapadia) in a quaint little cottage; happy but desperate for love. Life goes on in all its monotony, until Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah), the lone employee in the post-office and Angie’s best friend receives a letter. A letter written by him 46 years back to Stephanie Fernandez proclaiming his love for him. Ferdie is heartbroken as his proposal never reached his sweet-heart and Angie urges him to set out to find Fanny, the one person he has truly loved for in his life. So, five people – three mentioned above, along with a millionaire painter Don Pedro (who has the hots for Rosie) and Savio (Angie’s once-upon-a-time suitor and the only one who can drive a car) all set out in a mission of finding Fanny. All of this is evident from the trailors and multiple interviews given by the stellar star cast in different television channels and one doesn’t really need to watch the movie to know this ;).

And what else does the film have to offer? Practically nothing! Yes, it has five brilliant actors. It has Goa shown in all its natural beauty. And that’s it. It is a hugely slow-paced film with small bouts of humor. Thankfully, it lasts for just one and a half hours and so it doesn’t give you a chance to get bored! The plot is simple – it shows a journey of 5 people, all of whom have lost love on their way to self-discovery. But what makes this film bearable is the performance of the lead actors. Dimple Kapadia as the all-knowing and practical Rosie is very convincing. Pankaj Kapur as the flirtatious painter is fabulous and probably has the funniest lines in the film. Arjun Kapoor delivers a surprisingly restrained performance as the struggler mechanic and Deepika is perfect as the dainty and beautiful Angie. But for me, the cherry on the cake was Naseeruddin Shah who is unbelievably cute in his portrayal of the innocent Ferdie. To give the makers some credit, the music was pretty good – with both ‘Fanny re’ and ‘Shake your Bootiya’ being immensely catchy numbers.

All in all, Finding Fanny is a disappointment. Considering the kind of actors that they managed to get on board, one would expect a master-piece of a movie, but that’s not be. I would rate it a 2.5 out of 5. I won’t tell you whether they found Fanny or not; I was more focused on finding the purpose of this film which turned out to be an exercise in futility!!

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One Response to “Finding Fanny – Movie Review”

  1. Deepali September 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Totally agree with every point you’ve mentioned.

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