To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to Finding Fanny because it looked damn pretentious and it was made by Illuminati Films [*read Edit*] who are most famous for getting fantastic directors to make the shittiest movie of their careers. For example, Sriram Raghavan’s Agent Vinod, Homi Adjania’s Cocktail, and Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal, which wasn’t as bad as the rest, but whose second half is as random as casting Vir Das for two dance numbers. And when they made one great film *finally*, Go Goa Gone, they went on record to say that they’ll never be making a film like this, because it lost them money, and also probably because it doesn’t suit their filmography that comprises of shitty films. But, ultimately I went for it, because Deepika Padukone.
To my surprise, the film turned out to be a sweet, pleasant film that had some mad funny scenes and some outstanding acting by the greats: Pankaj Kapur, Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia. And Deepika Padukone. What the film lacks so spectacularly in plot, it makes up through some genuinely funny Pankaj Kapur moments and some genuinely heartfelt Naseeruddin Shah moments and some genuinely over the top Dimple Kapadia moments. It also stars Anand Tiwari in a hilarious cameo; I think Anand Tiwari is one of the best actors today, and he pretty much stole every scene he was in. Also Deepika Padukone.
Of course, the film is pretentious and laboured quirky at many places, like the whole ‘random Russian dude in Goa’ angle, and the enormously dull, boring, bland, uninteresting, badly written, pointless and *insert own adjective* Deepika Padukone-Arjun Kapoor love story that was forced into the film because casting the two stars was the only way that people would come to watch it. On a side note, I’m now beginning to worry that Arjun Kapoor’s entire range of emotions is limited to looking like a dying puppy, or maybe Homi didn’t care because Deepika Padukone.
At just 1 hours and 40 minutes, the film is a breezy one time watch, so it’s not going to kill you, although it won’t make you stronger either (sorry, bad joke). But you really *should* watch it to see our film legends in roles that they’re really having the time of their lives in. Also did I mention Deepika Padukone?
P.S. Still not sure the delight of Finding Fanny was worth the pain and anguish of suffering Cocktail. (*dramatic pause*) Nope, it wasn’t. Nothing ever will be. But then again, Deepika Padukone.
[Edit: Turns out its not Illuminati who made this but Dinesh Vijan, which explains to me that it’s basically Saif who’s screwing up all their films. Which makes even more sense because he worked with Tigmanshu Dhulia for Bullett Raja and that was Tigmanshu’s worst film. So SAIF IS THE CULPRIT]
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