The 70's era witnessed the birth of simple and realistic films, which were known by various names such as middle of the road films or realistic films. These films were made within the parameters of popular cinema narrating a tale of a common person, but had content which was very simple and mild in comparison to the melodramatic films from that time. Filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee managed to get the right essence of middle class society and presented such types of films in an entertaining manner. With the changing times, many film makers tried to follow the path set by these filmmakers, but very few could manage to get the required simplicity and the correct essence. If we speak about this calendar year, we did see films like 'Queen', 'Ankhon Dekhi', Filmistaan' and few more enhancing the level of such types of films and looking at the promos of 'Finding Fanny', looks like we might have another addition to these films. Many times the film makers get carried away and present such films under the influence of international cinema, due to which the local connect seems missing. So let's find out, whether 'Finding Fanny' will manage to do justice to the expectations attached to it or might be yet another effort to ape some international style of cinema.
'Finding Fanny' is a story of five people on a road trip to find a girl named Fanny (Anjali Patil). The whole trip is planned by Angie (Deepika Padukone), who wants her village old man Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) to meet the long lost love of his life, Fanny. They are joined by Angie's mother in law (Dimple Kapadia), a painter Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapur) and Savio (Arjun Kapoor), who drives the car. On the journey to find out Fanny, everyone rediscovers certain facts about themselves and what happens next, is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story is simple and one liner. It might remind you of films like 'Little Miss Sunshine' but is totally original and different. Films like these works on the moments attached to it, rather than the basic story line. First half of the movie is gripping, entertaining and overwhelming. There are lots of sweet and humorous moments indulged in the earlier part of the film, which enhances the feel good factor attached to the film. There are some wonderful scenes like the intro part, Deepika - Naseeruddin Shah's chat over the letter, Naseeruddin Shah's crazy dream, Deepika - Arjun's chat over the car, Pankaj Kapur meeting Dimple Kapadia for the first time. Naseeruddin's crying shots, everyone gearing up for the trip. Pankaj Kapur trying to impress Dimple Kapadia in the trip, Arjun - Deepika's bonding in the fields, followed by Arjun's outburst at Dimple and many more. These scenes are presented in such a sweet and poetic manner due to which it's hard to take away your eyes from the silver screen. On the flip side, the movie gets bit stagnant post interval and gets into detail of Deepika and Arjun's track which should have been more impactful. Also, the intellectual humour attached to the film will be appreciated by a niche audience only. The dialogues are realistic, soulful and blended perfectly with the characters from the film. 'Finding Fanny' is directed by Homi Adajania, whose every film has fantastic cinematography. It's top notch here, too by Anil Mehta. The whole landscape, locations and the shot taking work as a character in the film.
Music & Direction:
Along with the beautiful screenplay and soulful dialogues, the background music by Mathias Duplessy also adds up as one of the key elements in this film. The music is soothing and apt as per the situation of the film. It's due to these key events one gets travelled to the topography of the film.
Director Homi Adajania debuted with 'Being Cyrus', which was one of the milestones in the changing face of modern Hindi cinema. His movies matched the international styling and were loved by the urban audience. In 'Finding Fanny', he decides to make a feel good film showcasing the simple life of five people, which has flavour of the popular TV series like 'Malgudi Day's'. He designs his character in such a loving manner that it reminds you of the Gaulish villagers from the popular 'Astrix' comics. The whole message attached to the film is shown in a beautiful and aesthetic manner. Though, one would have loved to see more moments in the film, which would have enhanced the level of all the characters attached to the film.Performances:
Speaking about the performances, Naseeruddin Shah is sweet and cute in the film that you will love him and his character above everyone else. Deepika Padukone looks gorgeous and beautiful in every scene of the film. Her scenes with Naseeruddin Shah are fantastic and displays the rise of her as an actress in a big manner. Pankaj Kapur is outstanding in his lusty avatar. He never goes over the top, in fact, stays within the skin of his character. Dimple Kapadia is sweet and charming in her role. Arjun Kapoor gives a good performance and manages to do a decent job despite of the presence of the veteran actors. Cameo by Ranveer Singh is short and could have been bit longer. Anjali Patil and Ankur Tewari were fine in their parts.So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum? The movie has all the dum required for a sweet feel good film and does full justice to the genre and the niche audience attached to it. Masala film lovers might shy away from this film as it might be too bland for their appetite. But for all others who love feel good films, this movie refreshes you with its unique theme and narrative style and helps finding the long lost cinematic simplicity in our Hindi cinema.Ratings: 4/5