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Finding Fanny: A whimsical, wicked ride!

Finding Fanny: A whimsical, wicked ride!

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 12 September 2014

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Movie Title

Finding Fanny

Director

Homi Adajania

Star Cast

Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor

They all cram inside the rundown car, all of them. Just like in the film. So when they set out for a road trip together to ?Find Fanny?, it turns out to be a life-changing decision for everyone.

The trip becomes a symbol of the journey they?re taking within. Just like the road trip is incomplete without each one, so is their inner journey where everyone ends up playing a pivotal part in the other?s life.

And so, in the sleepy Goan village, Angie?s (Deepika Padukone) voice-over introduces us to all the characters. She lives with her mother-in-law Roselina (Dimple Kapadia), both ?lonely widows? as she puts it.

Her best friend is Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah), the male version of a drama queen, and the postmaster of the village where no one writes letters. Their unlikely friendship has her playing the role of the older, wiser soul even when he pops in the middle of the night to replay a weird dream.

Now he?s facing a crisis. He has been unmarried all his life, ruminating over his one true love Fanny. But one day, after 46 years, the letter he wrote to her proposing marriage comes returned. He always thought she had rejected him, but now it turns out the letter never reached her. ?What life is this?? he asks, morosely. ?Do you want to die without confessing your love to her,? asks Angie wisely, egging him on to seek out Fanny. ?No??he says??I don?t want to die.?

This kind of acerbic, caustic humour runs throughout the film and proves to be a constant source of delight. It also defines Ferdie?s character perfectly as the simpleton always a bit far away from reality.

Soon enough, the rundown car, being serviced by Savio (Arjun Kapoor) is groaning under the weight of five unlikely road trip companions. Savio, Angie, Ferdie, Roselina with her cat, and Don Pedro-- the new painter in town. The mission is Finding Fanny, but it?s been four decades, and they start with her old home address.

Deepika?s character is as steely as it is soft-hearted; both assertive and a pushover. She?s the kind of person who often runs the show, while letting other people think they?re in charge. And Deepika brings out all the colours of her very real, complex character beautifully. This is an expert performance worth savouring!

This is Naseeruddin Shah?s most accomplished act in recent times, and you can tell the delight with which the actor has explored the role. Dimple Kapadia as the control-freak mother in law, is incredulously funny. Note the scene where a young man hopes to be set up with a beautiful girl and she gives him the onceover with a caustic, ?I can?t do magic.?

Pankaj Kapur plays the larger-than-life, self-serious painter masterfully, with just the right amount of over-the-top nuance. Arjun Kapoor is impressive as the repressed lover, who seems directionless for the most part.

Co-writer and director Homi Adajania has redeemed himself after the deeply regressive Cocktail. Adajania brings in an arresting story, great atmospherics, and memorable character superbly acted by the cast. All this with a sprinkling of some deliciously wicked humour. This little, big film is all heart. You shouldn?t miss it!

Rating: 4 stars

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