Seldom do we make films that stay with you long after they have ended. They stay with you because of their unique storytelling, memorable characters and a watertight narrative. Finding Fanny ticks all the above boxes. It’s the kind of film one has never seen on the celluloid when it comes to mainstream commercial cinema, it’s the kind of film that cleverly blends content with commerce, style with substance. With the trailer, one already knows it’s a film about 5 oddballs, quirky and whacky characters and their road trip to find a friend’s long lost love Fanny.
It’s a film that may be anything but relatable for many, a film whose characters can exist only in a Homi Adajania venture, he’s one of the only incredibly gifted filmmakers who can present quirkiness and unpredictability with effortless ease and still manage to make it a joyful ride. It seems he has learnt the ropes of painting and texturing his oddball characters with different shades and moods. Being Cyrus being a fine example which no one could predict and every actor had multiple layers which were peeled off only towards the end.
Every performance will leave you awestruck as all the actors have shed their inhibitions and sunk their teeth into their roles; they all are chameleons who’ll come back to their own only after the reels begin to end.
Deepika Padukone is a dapper young woman who loses her husband way too soon. She has a luminous presence, warms up with her nuanced act and is likely to gratify the carnal appetite with a titillating shot love making scene.
Pankaj Kapur plays a promiscuous and perverted old man and his performance is easily one of film’s best. Dimple Kapadia is whacky, outrageous and wildly unpredictable. Arjun Kapoor is nowhere close to what you’ve seen of him on the screen in the past, his Goan act is convincing and the actor shows a knack for embracing different characters with open arms. Naseeruddin Shah is little loud and over the top, but his character demands the same.
Finding Fanny works largely for its boldness of being absolutely unapologetic in the way it is. It’s a film you’ll either passionately love or mercilessly despise. You’ll adore it for its eye watering camerawork by ace Cinematographer Anil Mehta who has meticulously and magnificently captured the beauty, essence and the flesh and blood characters of Goa, and the fact that the film is in English and Konkan makes it another reason to watch it. This will stay with the consciousness of the people till they continue to be narcotized and numbed with the movie world. It will be remembered for shattering all the clichés of filmmaking.
The industry which was known for passion and love for movies, over the years has been drugged with the obsession to make money, the commerce has sky – rocketed but the content has reached possibly at its lowest ebb, in a nutshell, it won’t be incorrect to say that we have succeeded backwards.
Finding Fanny takes cinema forward and proves there’s still a glimmer of hope.