Friday, September 12, 2014

Finding Fanny

Finding Fanny's promos promised a  movie different from what the typical Indian cinema doled out.

The movie opens with a voice-over by Deepika Padukone. It is a story set in a remote, lazy, lazy village of Goa. About Dimple Kapadia living with her widowed daughter-in-law Deepika. Deepika is friends with Naseeruddin Shah who is the village postmaster. After 46 years, the postmaster has a letter returned undelivered-that letter in which he had sent a proposal to his Fanny. He is deeply depressed about what could have happened but did not happen only because he never had the courage to ask. As he laments over the wasted time, Deepika proposes that they go in search of Fanny.
Arjun Kapoor has returned to the village six years after he had left it miffed that Deepika had chosen to marry someone else. Pankaj Kapoor's character is that of a painter who has trudged the world and is in quest of his muse. And his muse had to be someone who was heavy built. He finds that muse in Dimple and follows her everywhere so that he could create that perfect painting.
Deepika manipulates all these odd-ball characters into getting into the wreck of the car that Pankaj Kapoor owns and they all go in search of Fanny.
Whether they find Fanny and what the climax is forms the rest of the story.
This is a movie where the heroine doesn't wear more than 6-7 sets of dresses throughout. The hero looks like your neighbor who throws on a casual jeans and T shirt.Very restrained acting by most of the characters. For me the surprise packet was Arjun Kapoor, who normally portrays an hyper energetic character but has shown a great restraint in this one. Naseeruddin Shah, again, is indefatigable. He is well-complemented by another power house, Pankaj Kapoor. The movie takes you not through a gamut of emotions but through life, its moments, the regrets, the realization, the celebration of it.
A streak of humor throughout is present. The instances do not elicit loud guffaws but the movie has the power to draw those little smiles and in one or two instances also bring a tear to the eye.
How would I rate it? Difficult to say. The movie has its sluggish moments where you want it to move forward but then given that there isn't a lot happening in the movie, how much faster can it go? Yet, it packs a powerful punch in its 100 odd minutes of running. Every word spoken has to be caught or else you miss out on some wonderful exchange.
Ranveer Singh has a minuscule portion and in the director's words, you bend your head down to pick  that pop corn and he is gone.
I may not rate it as a must-watch but definitely a good movie to watch.