Everybody knows everybody here, in Pocolim, a small village in Goa. It is so laid back and calm, it seems like time stands still. Forty six years have passed since Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) heard of his lady love Fanny (Anjali Patil). A letter at his door step urges him to set out on a search for her. But he's not the only seeker. Angie (Deepika Padukone), Don Pedro Cleto Colaco (Pankaj Kapur), Savio (Arjun Kapoor) and Lady Rosalina (Dimple Kapadia) join him in this unforgettable journey called 'Finding Fanny'. Why? Watch the movie and find out for yourself.
If you've seen 'Being Cyrus', one of those underrated quality films that sink without a trace (unfortunately), you'd know his impeccable style of storytelling by now. Right from the way the characters respond to each other to the way the journey unfolds, the film is so nuanced and yet so light-hearted, it will fill your heart with joy. It is not just the characters who set out on a search, the director ropes the audience in as well, and brilliantly so. The script is fresh and the dialogues, supple with the perfect amount of humour and thoughtfulness. You may find the pace of the film slow at times, but that is the very essence of this film. The film soothes your eyes and relaxes your mind. No, it's not primarily a comedy. You wouldn't find LOL moments in the film, but it will definitely leave you smiling throughout. It depicts life as is - no masala added. Goa has been captures in such a captivating way by the cinematographer; you would want to take the next flight available.
The best part about the film are the characters - each strikingly different from the other. What's even better is that the script does justice to all of them, well, almost (barring a few glitches). The casting is spot on. It looks like the characters were written for these five people. Deepika Padukone as Angie is breathtaking. She is as innocent as she is enchanting, and as simple as she is mysterious. She gives up her glam-doll image and sinks so deep into the character, it looks tailor made for her. This has to be one of the most defining roles of her career. Arjun Kapoor impresses in a controlled performance as the foul tempered mechanic. Dimple Kapadia does what she is best at - charming. But it is Naseeruddin Shah and Pankaj Kapur that steal the show. While Naseeruddin Shah keeps you hooked on to the screen with his loverlorn act, it is Pankaj Kapur who entertains with his impish grins and lustful stares. His comic timing is just perfect. Man, is there anything he can't do? His obsession with Dimple Kapadia's character makes for some of the best moments in the film. Together, these five actors create a spectacle on screen. Even though most of them are sharing screen space for the first time, their camaraderie is applause worthy.
'Finding Fanny' is a much needed break from the Rohit Shetty brand of idiotic films that expect you to leave your brains behind. It is a reminder that there's still a lot of scope left for Bollywood as far as path breaking films are concerned. It is one of those rare films you feel a connection with. 'Finding Fanny' is a quest for finding happiness. Watch it, who knows, you may find the answers you're seeking too!