September 13, 2014

Just about Finding Fanny

Finding Fanny is a movie released yesterday starring five great Indian actors. It is about a quest for Love. A quest for your Self really. A mad ride of five people in a vintage car to look for the beloved of one of them. How their lives get enmeshed deeper, how they face their long-buried tragedies after their car's petrol gets over, how they find refined versions of themselves, starting from the small village of Pokoli in Goa, can be seen from the movie. One of the five, Angie (Deepika Padukone) is the narrator and tells us not to 'find Pokoli' coz we won't even get it- it's such a small non-descript village! Still I tried using 'Google Guru'- and found it looks like name of a hispanic video game...:P...with an image like this:

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Well, so it IS a fictional village, yet so real as the movie portrays it! And of course, the controversy surrounding the use of the word 'fanny'. 'What's in a name?' Shakespeare said. And I say- it's artistic freedom. Glad the Court held this verdict too!

Stefanie 'Fanny' Fernandes is a girl Fernando loved 46 years ago and still loves- he's still in a time warp- seeing her exactly the same way in his thoughts and dreams.
I loved when he saw a dream, woke up and said- "Fanny, how can you cry underwater?" He's serious, but the audience was in splits. There are many such 'Funny Fanny' moments in the movie. In the end, puppet song is also highly creative yet 'Shut the faniya up' sounds rather vulgar if one knows the meaning of 'fanny', but **cool** if one is blissfully unaware about it! :P

In the end, Fernando finds her and still does not find her.

Yet, the journey is fascinating. The movie is only about 100 minutes long and filled with sarcasm, humour, satire, unexpected turns, realisations.

My take-aways:

a) Death is also a joke, life too (shown by incidents of cat's, Pankaj's and surprisingly- Fanny's  character).
b) Lies are needed to live life. Yet, at a stage they have to be admitted too.
c) Relationships need not be bound in marriage- they can be faithful outside it too.
d) Brakes fail. Yet life does not.
e) No one knows an artist's imagination. How he paints a woman, can be downright exasperating as well. [Still we say 'wow'. Modern art huh?]

And what to say about the actors. Each of them is a gem. Still, I'll rank best performance as that of Nasseruddin Shah (Fernando). He's outrightly sensitive, funny in a simple way, so honest, so brilliant. Dimple Kapadia (Rosy) comes next for me. She is wild, stylish, jovial, a downright sport to be a representative symbol of movie Finding  'fanny', so elegant, so true to her role. Pankaj (as the painter) and Deepika (as Angie) both come next for me for they are exceedingly outstanding in their respective parts. Deepika plays a bold, yet sensitive and conservative character. Quite an oxymoron really. Still, she pulls it off with flying colors. As the car owner and romantic painter, Pankaj plays an awesome character. Finally, Arjun (as Savio) is the angry young man and does very well too.

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The movie as per me is 3.5/5. Watch it for a change- travel the Goan countryside, listen to Goan songs, live the Goan life for a while- easy, relaxed and of course, find love, joy, passion, fun and some revelations! :)



**Linking this to ABC Wednesday for letter 'J' (Just, Joy, Jovial).


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20 comments:

  1. Waiting for my daughters'exams to get over. So many movies lined up with FF topping the list. It's the cast ensemble that's got me hooked. Your take of this village is exciting and is just what i am hoping it to be.
    I have nominated you for an award.Please, do accept it. http://ilakshee.blogspot.in/2014/09/my-award.html

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    1. Thanks so much Ilakshee! Do njoy d movie! And thanks so mch for awarding me! :D

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  2. Wonderful review Amrita. Finding Fanny seems a good movie as per your review.

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  3. The movie looks interesting. The characters are charming.
    I love your takeaways too, Amrita :)

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  4. Enjoyed your review Amrita. Waiting for a relaxed mind to watch it.... I skipped some portion (a para) about the movie fearing spoiler :) ... hoping to come back here and then give my reactions :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kokila! Oh U can surely come back and give ur review then! :D All the best!

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  5. I can't express how much I'm itching to go Goa ever since I watced this film. It is the relaxing slumber of the state that has been so beautifully caught on camera that is the most alluring in this artistic expression.

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    1. Same here Pranav! I had gone der last year...the movie took me back der! :D

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  6. Not watched yet, will watch on this weekend. thanks for review

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  7. We rarely go to the cinema as we live in a rural area - we wait for the TV! Loved your thoughts. Always a good learning place - ABC Wednesday.
    Denise ABC Team

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    1. Thanks so much Denise! Rural area wd b fun to stay in..like Goan countryside shown in movie is! :)

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  8. Ha! Never occurred to me that the name was offensive. Fanny Brice, Fanny Flagg...

    ROG, ABCW

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  9. A good review. Now I want to go and watch that movie.

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  10. I agree with the comments above. Now to watch the movie :)

    PhenoMenon,ABCW Team
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2014/09/jumbo-family-in-the-jungle/

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