Finding Fanny review: Arjun Kapoor makes the best of Savio, Deepika Padukone is getting to be a relaxed performer

Finding Fanny review: It is an unlikely bunch, getting together for an unlikely reason, and we are supposed to fall in love with the characters.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: September 13, 2014 9:47 am
findingfanny-review Movie review: Finding Fanny – “It is an unlikely bunch, getting together for an unlikely reason, and in the way of this kind of film, we are supposed to fall in love with the characters and their quirks, as they wind their way towards their destination and discovery. Trouble is, the film is patchily quirky.”

Movie Review: Finding Fanny
Star cast: Naseerudin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor
Director : Homi Adajania

Finding Fanny‘ is fashioned like a serio-comic journey, featuring a wooly romantic, a lusty painter, a middle-aged matron, a lithe maiden, and a sulky young fellow. It is an unlikely bunch, getting together for an unlikely reason, and in the way of this kind of film, we are supposed to fall in love with the characters and their quirks, as they wind their way towards their destination and discovery.

Trouble is, the film is patchily quirky. An undelivered love letter comes back to the sender, more than four decades after the fact, and it sets into motion this little tale, which leaves you both smiling, when the whimsy is just right, and impatient, when it turns flatly prosaic. (You want to see how it’s done, watch Wes Anderson’s latest and most magnificent creation, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’).

When the going is good, it is excellent. The little Goan village where the action takes place is lovely, its sun-dappled paths leading us to the cluttered abodes of Ferdie (Naseer) the postman, the recipient of the undelivered letter, of Rosie and Angie (Dimple and Deepika respectively), the two women who live without their men in resigned companionship, and the garage run by Savio (Arjun Kapoor) which houses a run-down car.

The characters set off to find long-lost love: the journey isn’t too long as the crow flies, but many home truths are uncovered as the miles go by. I really enjoyed Naseer’s performance in this one: he is as unmannered and unburdened by tics as he can be, and as bashful as a young lover in the first flush.

I’d pick Arjun Kapoor as a near-match. Arjun Kapoor has the right physicality for his role, and he makes the best of Savio, who once and forever loves the dimpled Angie, who , in turn, turns to him for some answers: Deepika is getting to be a relaxed performer, learning to put aside her rangy beauty to reach inside for something true.

Dimple Kapadia shows just how sharp she can be, especially in a sequence towards the end where she fills the screen, but is encumbered by a dissatisfied curve to the mouth and an evidently heavily-padded posterior: yes, there are all kinds of fannies in the world. As Don Pedro, the florid painter with a thing for oversized bottoms, Pankaj Kapoor is mostly overdone flourish, rescuing his act with one great one, which is the gasp-inducing shocker of the film.

Adajania is back on the ground he had sketched in his debut ‘Being Cyrus’ ( we will forgive him his ‘Cocktail’), and that’s a good thing. But he is still honing his craft. ‘Finding Fanny’ flies true when the director manages to imbue the film with the right dream-drowsing quality, but it isn’t anchored enough : the darkness slides by much too swiftly.

And that makes it a slight watch, occasionally pleasurable, but not entirely memorable.

Two and a half stars (2.5)

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    I LoVe
    Sep 12, 2014 at 8:09 am
    I love u deepika and arjun !!!!!!!
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    Guest
    Sep 13, 2014 at 10:14 am
    It's pretty palpable that Indians have become typically inured to movies which are bombastic,baroque and ostentatious too.the clichéd dance cadences and fatuous fight sequences are now a necessity in order to appeal to the mainstream audiences.Finding ,on the other hand,managed to venture into foreign territory and decimate the conventional barriers.its refreshing to watch a movie which digressed from the tritely Hindi romantic comedy.
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    Anay Rai
    Sep 12, 2014 at 11:41 am
    Great movie!!!for more details visit:bespokedigitalmedia...
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    Dr. S.
    Sep 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    Thank you so much for such a candid comment. It was real n a real help in deciding what review to rely on. ☺
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    av
    Sep 12, 2014 at 8:37 am
    Still cant believe they named the movie .
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    Payal Guptaa
    Sep 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm
    The name of the movie itself suggested that makers have some interesting & unusual on their platter to cater the audience but for me it turned out as an unexpected disappointment as the story lost its track after interval. Pankaj Kapur & Naseeruddin Shah delivered an out of the box performance but Arjun Kapoor & Deepika Padukone looked completely disoriented in the second half of the movie. Had the makers of the film been a more little attentive while working on the story track post interval then perhaps 'Finding ' would have definitely justified its name.
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    Ellis Bell
    Sep 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    At 55, I can safely say that I have read movie reviews for most of India's independent history. I can also safely say that never mind what the glam-sham teevee 'critic-hotshots' do with their flashy promos, their simpering over movie stars, their falsely exalting silly movies (let's not go down the road of how any movie promoted thus, is getting a several lakh-worth free advert on telly): Shubhra Gupta is India's most eloquent, informed and linguistically best-endowed film critic. Thank you Shubhra for this review. I was dreading the movie because I thought some of the promos were bordering on obscene - Dimple's skirt tearing etc. That raised my hackles instantly. Does a good movie need such a promo if it is so good ? Anyhow. I will watch it for all the good things you describe and I will probably emerge with the same reaction. Kudos. Brilliant, balanced and evocative review.
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    Rahul Mariserla
    Sep 13, 2014 at 9:55 am
    It's pretty palpable that Indians have become typically inured to movies which are bombastic,baroque and ostentatious too.the clichéd dance cadences and fatuous fight sequences are now a necessity in order to appeal to the mainstream audiences.Finding ,on the other hand,managed to venture into foreign territory and decimate the conventional barriers.its refreshing to watch a movie which digressed from the tritely Hindi romantic comedy.
    Reply
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