When you have stalwarts like Naseer, Dimple and Pankaj in a movie, you expect it to be worth your time. And Homi Adajania almost pulls it off, but not quiet!
Like “Being Cyrus”, Finding Fanny is based in a world of itself, where everything is a little caricaturish (like Wes Anderson films). So Naseer is this 70 year old baby, who still can’t find the courage to profess his love; Dimple is the curvaceous aunty, who is full of herself and constantly seeks attention; and Pankaj Kapoor is an over-the-top world-renound artist, who lech’es over Dimple. In this world of insanity, only the current crop is saner. Dipika, is the widow of Dimple’s son and Arjun is her neighbor cum former lover!
Their idyllic life is pushed into 3rd gear when Dipika decides to take Naseer on a journey to meet the love of his life. Everyone else tags along and thus begins a trip down lunacy lane. Each scene becomes a little more crazy, each frame a little more picturesque. But then Homi lacks the wacked out genius of Vishal Bharadwaj and the film goes downhill post interval. Homi loses direction half way and drives into so many plotholes, that you end up in the wilderness trying to figure what really happened.
Nonetheless, the acting from all the cast members is above-par and there are enough punchlines to keep you giggling. While Pankaj Kapoor is deliberately over-the-top, he is a little under-utilized. Naseer and Dimple steal the show, one with his squeaky operatic voice and the other with her awkward, overbearing personality. Dipika and Arjun, play their roles decently well and most importantly, deliver their English dialogues with as much ease as the stalwarts.
While this is definitely a step up from the ridiculous “Cocktail”, Homi still will have to do a lot more to beat “Being Cyrus”. In a desperate attempt to make the film commercially viable, he over-plays the Dipika-Arjun romance. It just gets extremely boring and breaks the momentum of the film. And then, the plot falls into the trap of predictability, with many forced laughs. It would have been great if he cut it as sharp as Being Cyrus ( just 83 minutes!).
So should you watch it? Well, this would have made an awesome Tele-film, but then if you have the time watch it on big screen for 3 amazing actors and 1 exceptional cinematographer! But don’t expect it to be a “Little Miss Sunshine”.. It’s a little Miss, a little Sunshine.
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