Most of our films are sagas of love, revenge, struggle, survival and vindication; ‘Finding Fanny’ is a celebration of the mundane and of the irony inherent in a journey of five oddball characters.
Homi Adjania’s ‘Finding Fanny’ is quirky. The characters, much like the story they are a part of, have no aspirations. They seem happy with their routine life in Pocolim, a sleepy village in Goa.
Angie (Deepika), a young virgin widow, is lonely but is also completely okay living a sexless life. Even as she urges Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) to find the love of his life, Stephanie ‘Fanny’ Fernandes, you can’t help but wonder whether she really wants him to find love or whether her exertions and his quest provide a break from the monotony for her.
Her mother-in-law Rosie (Dimple Kapadia) is a feisty woman who, all her life, has preserved the memory of a husband who abandoned her when she was pregnant.
Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapur), an internationally acclaimed artiste, makes the voluptuous Rosie his latest muse. It’s interesting how this crazy painter woos her till he gets her to pose, and then he just dismisses her as if she was just an object. The director is also quick to dispose of him once the film is done with the use of his car.
The only person who seems to have a simmering anger and passion is Savio (Arjun Kapoor). Heartbroken when his childhood sweetheart decides to marry his best friend, he comes back six years later hoping to mend matters. There is a naiveté that Arjun brings to his character, and you can’t help but laugh when he keeps obsessing about why his girl thinks that sex will be better the second time around.
It’s little moments like these and the commendable performances of all the characters that make this simple story immensely watchable.
And it also makes you wonder – pining for someone you loved for 46 years of your life? Was it really worth it?
Does love make the journey worthwhile? Maybe. Or maybe not.