There is something about “Finding Fanny” that reminded me of “Waiting for Godot”. Highly improbable comparisons one would think. Perhaps it’s the doing word in the 2 titles- “finding” and “waiting”- that is the resemblance. However as I saw the movie, I gradually realised that it is not just a word in the two titles but the very idea of hope, giving a purpose to one’s otherwise futile existence, that is at centre of the two. Of course while the Existentialists would say that hope is philosophical suicide, Finding Fanny says just about the opposite- hope, even in the face of adversity, is what makes life worth it. Life is not always good or fair, things are seldom the way they seem and hardly ever work out the way you want them to and we all live a life of pretences at one level or another. Yet, the bitter- sweet mixture that life is, it is worth living and the elusive bird called love is worth seeking- knocking even when there are no doors.
With an impressive cast of veterans like Naseerudin Shah ( Ferdie), Pankaj Kapoor ( Don Pedro), ex hottie Dimple Kapadia ( Rosie) and current best sellers like Deepika Padukone ( Angie) and Arjun Kapoor (Savio), we get a good comedy, with shades of grey, after a long time. The movie picturesquely captures the queer Goan village where they reside and as the motley crowd goes on a wild goose chase to look for Fanny, we get a glimpse of life, as we know it. With its impeccable comic timing, crisp dialogues and sudden bathetic plunges it brings us face to face with life, albeit through a humorous lens. Ferdie and Don Pedro, as expected are flawless in their characters. I never had a great opinion about the sexy Bobby’s acting prowess but she fares better here as an actor than she did in her sexy hey days. Her derrière is the source of much amusement and inspiration to Don Pedro but one does wonder what happened to the sexy booty of Bobby! Both Deepika and Arjun Kapoor perform effortlessly and breeze through the film. It’s quite a pleasure watching them being able to hold their own in front of likes of Naseerudin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor.
Finding Fanny is clearly not a movie that is meant for the masses. The audience that makes likes of Masti a hit, isn’t going to be able to appreciate the finer nuances of a work such as this- no bawdy humour in the gross sense, no double meaning dialogues, no uncalled for booty show. Yes one does shake ones bootiya on the floor but that is to the music of life. A must watch for the discerning viewer.