Finding Fanny: It’s never too late to find love

Published: September 21, 2014
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Director Homi Adajania displays the entire journey in no rush. It’s executed as a ride and that’s the beauty of it. PHOTO: FINDING FANNY FACEBOOK PAGE

A seasoned and intellectual filmmaker needs only a few characters, a bit of detailing and some good incidents to share with his audience, to create magic. That’s what Homi Adajania proved with his latest venture Finding Fanny

The entire movie revolves around five main characters, a grungy old Dodge and a not-so-lucky cat. Adajania’s first movie, Being Cyrus, was all about Parsi families and their intrigues, which turned out to be quite a hit since it was something a lot different than the usual masala flicks, released back in 2005. After almost nine years, he marks another movie based on a typical Goa lifestyle. And guess what? He nailed this one too!

The movie is based on the journey of an aged and forlorn postmaster, Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah), along with four other individuals, to find his lost love. One night, Ferdie receives an undelivered letter, which he posted 40 years ago to a girl named Stephanie Fernandes, aka ‘Fanny’, intending to propose to her.

Photo: Finding Fanny Facebook page

Lost in despair, he shares that with his only friend, a widow, Angie (Deepika Padukone). Angie steps forward and plans to help Ferdie in finding Fanny, the only woman he ever loved. She gets help from her childhood friend Savio (Arjun Kapoor) to let them ride his late father’s old Dodge.

Photo: Finding Fanny Facebook page

Accompanying them on their journey is Angie’s mother-in-law, Rosie (Dimple Kapadia), and Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapur), a painter who wants to paint a portrait of Rosie, being an admirer of buxom figures which Rosie has in abundance.

Photo: Finding Fanny Facebook page

But the question being, do they find Fanny? Well, that is something for which you’ll have to watch the movie to find out!

Adajania displays the entire journey in no rush. However, the movie is hardly one and a half hour long. It’s executed as a ride and that’s the beauty of it. The audience can easily witness different shades in every character. If Don Pedro is at the peak of vulgarity and licentious ideas for Rosie, there is also Ferdie whom you may easily label as a one-woman man. All his life, he has waited for his true love to riposte.

Photo: Finding Fanny Facebook page

On the contrary, there is Angie, who is also in search of exhilaration and love with blends of lust in it. She also has a very strong relationship with Rosie, something that can be defined as courteous and affectionate. Rosie, on the other hand, is a woman with an attitude, secrets and onion peels. And then we have Savio, a heartbroken and lousy fellow, who lost his love as she married his brother. If they are mirthful at one point, they have something to mourn about as well.

Photo: Finding Fanny Facebook page

Assembling a cast like Shah and Kapur with Kapadia is definitely not easy. They are the quintessence of unparalleled characters. With the ‘tarka’ (spiciness) of new age heartthrobs Padukone and Kapoor, Finding Fanny has the perfect blend of what one can call performers and stars.

Kudos to Adajania for bringing Shah and Kapur on the silver screen together again after a hiatus since these two were the show stealers. Shah as Ferdie is definitely a character which many heartbroken, timid and confused lovers would easily relate to since he makes it so believable.

Kapur knows no bounds; he is both disgusting as a shameless artist as well as beguilingly witty. Kapadia gives a perfect enactment of her character; her facial expressions change within seconds, while talking from one character to the other.

Photo: Finding Fanny Facebook page

Both Padukone and Kapoor give an earnest performance. They are both developing as dependable and serious actors.

Photo: Finding Fanny Facebook page

If you are fed up with the clichéd, unrealistic romantic tales and the dhishoom dhamaka flicks, and want to discover a movie that offers good content, a few subtle smiles and some great performances, then Finding Fanny is a must-watch for you.

I would rate it 3.5 out of 5.

Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at www.shafiqsiddiqui.com and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (twitter.com/shafiqulhasan81)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Parvez

    Watched it a few days ago…I would rate it a 2 out of 5 and I’m being generous.Recommend

  • vini

    Didnt like it much
    Recommend

  • Ali

    Seriously dude… dont you have better things to write about than a bollywood flick? how old are you?Recommend

  • Gp65

    This was a movie in the road trip genre like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Highway where everyone on the trip discovers something about themselves and reveals something about themselves that was unknown.

    Simultaneously it is one of the movies that gives a peek into one of the ethnic groups in India just as Bobby Jasoos did in the lives of Hyderabadi Muslims, similarly, Finding Fanny gives us a peek into the lives of rural Goa Anglo Indians.

    If you are looking for a fascinating story, you will be disappointed, but if the above 2 things provided by 5 competent actors will satisfy you, then you will come back from the cinema thinking it was money well spent.Recommend

  • Gp65

    I enjoyed Finding Fanny too. But these days there are many movies which have a clear storyline and where the female character is well etched out and not limited to just singing and dancing. To list just a few released in 2014 including 4 currenly playing in cinema: Finding Fanny, Mary Kom, Khoobsurat, Daawat-e-Ishq, Mardaani, Queen, Bobby Jasoos, Hasee to Phasee, Dedh Ishqiya, Gulab gang, HighwayRecommend

  • Gp65

    I enjoyed Finding Fanny too. But these days there are many movies which have a clear storyline and where the female character is well etched out and not limited to just singing and dancing. To list just a few released in 2014 including 4 currenly playing in cinema: Finding Fanny, Mary Kom, Khoobsurat, Daawat-e-Ishq, Mardaani, Queen, Bobby Jasoos, Hasee to Phasee, Dedh Ishqiya, Gulab gang, HighwayRecommend

  • Nomad1412

    I generally do not watch Hindi movies unless they are acclaimed by reviewers, but I watched Finding Fanny since I am a Christian and also because I like Deepika.

    Though the movie hasn’t done that well in the box-office, I actually liked it because I could relate to it. The movie shows the stereotypical happy-go-lucky Goan Christians content with the simple joys of life and I felt that each actor embodied that spirit.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Noooo ……Naseeruddin Shah over acted ( sadly…..possibly bad direction ), Dipeeka was eye-candy, Arjun had to be there because Dipeeka was there. The saving grace was Dimple and the artist….the best scene was where he gets shot and later flies out the car door and lands with the fishes.
    2 out of 5 because it could have been so much better.Recommend

  • Ram

    what does christ got to do with this movie can you please enlighten who you being christian made you watch this movieRecommend

  • Nomad1412

    Where did I bring up Christ? I said that as a Christian, it piqued my interest to watch people I am familiar about.Recommend

  • Parvez

    My problem is that we don’t have enough articles in the blog section on movies ( be they from anywhere ) theater, music, books, art, fashion, architecture….. the importance of ‘ the arts ‘ can not be stressed enough.Recommend

  • Anon

    Christians are different culturally in every state.Maybe he’s Goan or Konkani & he related to the film culturally or had some nostalgia about Goa.Will you relax ?!Recommend

  • Anon

    Read blogs only with titles related to politics,sectarian violence & national calamities from now onwards, while the rest of us stop & smell the roses.Recommend

  • Anon

    Pankaj Kapoor got shot ?! (He’s Shahid Kapoor’s father )
    Spoiler alert ,Sir ! : )Recommend

  • Gp65

    The artiste was Pankaj Kapoor. Incidentally his wife and Naseer’s wife are sisters. I agree Naseer overacted. I did not follow what you meant when you said Arjun Kapoor had to be there because Deepika was there? They are not dating and neither are they a popular pair. In fact this is the first time they were paired together. In any case, i felt Deepika had a substantial role and was not simply serving as an eye candyunlike many Bollywood movies where that is exactly the role of the heroine.

    Overall, this was one of the road trip genre movies where each character discovers a litle more about themselves than when they started the trip like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. It also gives a peek into the lives of Anglo Indians from rural Goa just as Bobby Jasoos did in the lives of Hyderabadi Muslims.

    By the way i too enjoyed that particular scene. His fate was no different from Neriss the cat.Recommend

  • Gp65

    I do not think he brought up Christ. This mvie gives a peek in he lves of Anlo Indian Christians from rural Goa. If this is his own ethnic background, it is understandable why he appreciated it. Recommend

  • Parvez

    When you have Deepika Wow ! Padukone in a ‘ road trip ‘ movie then it’s necessary to have a hero type along on the ride and Arjun did fit the bill ( have seen him in other movies and he’s good )…….OK 2.5 out of 5.Recommend

  • Ram

    My bad may be you did not mean itRecommend

  • Nomad1412

    Just to correct you, they are not Anglo Indians who are of mixed British-Indian ancestry. Most Goan Christians are local Konkani-speaking people who converted to Catholicism under the Portugese sometime in the 16th century and who used to speak Portugese once upon a time but now those speakers are dwindling.

    Diversity even among Christians of India is vast. Apart from Anglo Indians, there are the Syrian Christians (Indians following the Syriac liturgy) from 1st/2nd/3rd century in Kerala, Christians who moved from Syria and settled in Tamil Nadu, Topaz Christians (Indian Portugese intermarriage), etc. However I must say bemusedly that Goan Christians are only the ones usually picked by Bollywood :)Recommend

  • Nomad1412

    No hard feelings, Ram.Recommend

  • Noor

    So true ! Goan Christians are the most popularly potrayed Christians,by Bollywood-so much so,that they’re THE stereotype of the Indian Christian (esp. to ignorant North Indians-the Goan woman is a loose,alcoholic woman,dressed like Kapadia from ‘Bobby’,speaking broken Hindi ) I had a Syrian Rcsc friend from Kerala (who had an ancestry of brahmins who converted 2000 years ago,to Christianity via the Apostle,St.Thomas ) & was highly conservative,upper class ( old family,old money) who was always surprised by ignorant Haryana/Delhi classmates who thought she didn’t ‘look’ like a Christian ( ie-didn’t dress like a bollywood Goan) or ‘act’ like a Christian ( ie-didn’t consume cocktails ) & also since she said that alcohol & smoking was taboo in her family.
    The stereotype is as ridiculous as North Indians who offensively refer to all South Indians as ‘madrasi’ (thanks to Mahmud’s ridiculous potrayal of a Tamilian music teacher(with a Malayali name !) in the hindi film,’Padosan’,starring Sunil Dutt & Saira Banu.The ugly stereotype is further enforced by Srk’s ‘Chennai express’ & the nasty ‘lungi dance’.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Nicely explained…..on this subject I have had the pleasure of knowing and interacting with Goan Christians and every single one of them, who I came across, were fabulous human beings.Recommend

  • gp65

    Appreciate that information. I guess I just am not trained enough to recognize difference between Goan Christians and Anglo Indians.
    I was aware of course of the cultural diversity among Christians in India.
    My mother (who is 78) went to a mission school in Godhara where the language she was taught in was Gujarati. I have a bhabhi (also Gujarati and from Vadodara) who is also a Christian and cannot speak English at all. Culturally she is no different from us in terms of what she eats, how she dresses, how she speaks – except of course she will go for mass on Christmas.
    This is what people outside India do not get. They assume all Indian Christians must have English as mother tongue and Muslims must be Urdu speaking. Funny but true story – when our former President Abdul Kalaam met Mulayam Singh Yadav Mulayam started to speak to him in URdu. Kalam smiled and told him that he spoke English and Tamil but did not know Hindi/UrduRecommend

  • gp65

    Stereotypes are indeed problematic. With greater integration which is under way, people will be better informed. Isn’t it unfortunate though that you too are stereotyping all North Indians when you say “The stereotype is as ridiculous as North Indians who offensively refer to all South Indians as ‘madrasi’ ”
    DO not forget that many south Indians also similarly stereotype. When I used to live in Bangalore, many people would call me ‘that Punjabi woman’ though I am a Gujarati.Recommend

  • Dr.Anon

    As a south Indian,I do know the difference between a Rajasthani & a Gujrati…in contrast,I was asked by a Delhi girl recently if my mother-tongue in Kerala,was Tamil !! And this 27 year old Delhi lady,who is originally from Benaras-is a school teacher- true story,believe it or not.Recommend

  • gp65

    You may know the difference but many South Indians do. Also not ALL North Indians stereotype. By saying they do, you were the one who was stereotyping.
    I am not surprised about the school teacher from Banaras. If yuo ask a school teacher from Tumkur to name all 7 North Eastern states and their capitals, what are the chances she will know the answer?Recommend

  • George

    nice post…Recommend

  • Biased comparison

    Really ! What’s worse – not knowing that Tamil is the language of Tamilnadu or not knowing the list of capitals of all the eastern states ? What an unfair comparison to cover up someones monumental ignorance. Will you think the same way if someone says that Marathi is the language of Gujarat ?Recommend