Finding Fanny - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

The much promised eccentricity doesn't live throughout and you slowly lose interest in characters in this character-centric film. Yet worth a watch for the performances even if some are caricatures.

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38 reviewers have given Finding Fanny an average rating of 3.9/5.0 (?)

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Fanny” is used by Indian English speakers as slang for the bottom. In some places though, it mean a woman’s genitals. Adajania’s overt reason for using the word in the title is the search for Ferdie’s lady love. However, he seems to be having a chuckle with this naming game, playing simultaneously on Angie’s and possibly Freddie’s virginity, Rosie’s expansive buttocks and Pedro’s paintings of grotesquely voluptuous women reminiscent of the legendary Goan painter Francis Newton Souza’s canvases and to a lesser extent, Goan cartoonist Mario Miranda’s buxom ladies. Errr… So who exactly is “finding fanny” in this story? Now if only the film was as substantial as Rosie’s derriere or had as much depth as the connotations of its name... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Finding Fanny unspools at its own sweet time, much like life would in a languid Goan village. The film gives a wide birth to clichés and relishes in character idiosyncrasies. If there is a truly ‘different’ film that has come from Bollywood in 2014, this is it. Finding Fanny is a whiff of freshness. Finding Fanny unspools at its own sweet time, much like life would in a languid Goan village. The film gives a wide birth to clichés and relishes in character idiosyncrasies. If there is a truly ‘different’ film that has come from Bollywood in 2014, this is it. Finding Fanny is a whiff of freshness. ... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...Slowly, we realize that Fanny is less a character than a metaphor, and that the trip is really an excuse to shake these people out of the inertia they’ve settled into. Maybe I should have taken the trip, given the inertia that settled over me after a while. None of the actors really convinced me that this was a journey worth taking. The senior performers are fine, if a tad too pleased with their craft, but younger actors like Arjun Kapoor and Anand Tiwari are underwhelming – there’s not a note of newness in anything they do. As for Deepika Padukone, she’s become a relaxed presence on screen – but she’s also become so luminous that she blots out everything around her. She may have gotten to the point, like Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960s, where she cannot play ordinary people anymore. The fact that we’re supposed to accept her as a lonely, sexless widow may be the film’s best joke.... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, it is commendable on the part of Fox and Dinesh Vijan to have diligently backed this project. With a big name like Deepika Padukone getting associated with this film and then Arjun Kapoor (scoring well at the Box Office) bringing in eye balls too, FINDING FANNY has enough curiosity around it. If you're tired of the nonsensical fare doled out by Bollywood week after week and have a palate for Unusual-Entertainment, then FINDING FANNY will fill your heart with joy... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Thakker, Bollywood Life ...Very rare a film comes which isn’t Hindi, has no melodrama, is off-beat, has established actors and has a simple yet meaningful script. Finding Fanny is one of them. Like me, if you love watching movies no matter what the genre is, then do catch this film. But not with your parents!... full review

Thumbs up by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...There is no reason why you shouldn’t. One can relate to the five oddballs as they set out on their journey in a dilapidated car in scenic Goa and nurse their shattered pride along the way. Finding Fanny forces you to slow down and enjoy the bumpy yet adventurous ride.... full review

So-So by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...None of the actors get the Goan accent right, but they play their parts well—particularly Dimple Kapadia, who brings out the pathos and absurdity of Rosie, without once hitting the wrong note.... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...If you like to watch offbeat cinema, and you loved Lunch Box and Ship of Theseus, then Finding Fanny is your treat for the weekend. But the lovers of a typical Bollywood masala film should give it a miss. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sushmita Murthy, Deccan Chronicle ...The film is beautifully shot and boasts of some very scenic captures. Underplayed, effortless performances, smooth dialogues and a rich script that offers strong yet fleeting answers to some of life’s existential questions, make this film worth a watch.... full review

Thumbs up by Aprajita Sharad, Desi Martini ... One chaotic road trip with mad fun people, you MUST take!... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ... A movie which is far too clever for its own good. When sincerity is traded for pretentiousness the movie loses its soul... full review

So-So by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...The movie pokes at philosophy, grazes the concepts of selfishness and kisses the arguments on love & lust without delving on anything!... full review

Thumbs up by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...After Being Cyrus and Cocktail, director Homi Adajania has seemingly hit his stride. The cinematography by Anil Mehta is world-class and so is the music by Mathias Duplessy and Sachin-Jigar. Go watch the film for its wealth of quirky characters dealing with everyday crisis and emerging richer in the process. It will surely put a smile to your face, if nothing else…... full review

Thumbs down by VN Prasad, FirstPost ...If you’re among those who feel that prettiness and dialogues spoken in English are reason enough to forgive the absence of basics like a story, motivation and nuance in characters, then Finding Fanny is up your alley. Just don’t labour under the illusion that you’ve watched a good film. Adajania has proved with Finding Fanny that rather than being cool and offbeat, he’s actually just a chip off the old Bollywood block.... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Quirky for quirk’s sake is pointless. This is a facetious attempt at quirky satire, much like Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Matru ki Bijli ka mandola’ – the characters are interesting and at times even entertaining for a bit, but they don’t add up to anything substantial or worthwhile. There’s no ‘take home’ from this!... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua , fullhyd.com ...Definitely a watch, and thank God for the Delhi High Court's decision to let the title remain.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...FINDING FANNY is a treat for cinema lovers. It's as though filmmakers have finally realized that audiences too have to be respected... full review

Thumbs up by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...If Bollywood entertainment masala or love story is what you seek, Finding Fanny is certainly not your pick. If you are up for a slow, light-hearted take on life, love and their philosophies, book your tickets NOW. ... full review

So-So by Raajiv Masand, IBN Live ...Set in a world that feels entirely authentic, Finding Fanny is a charming film that starts off slowly but draws you into its drama. At a crisp 105 minutes, it's a perfectly satisfying watch unlike so many disposable comedies today... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak chakravorty, india today ...A strictly personal suggestion: Watch Finding Fanny in its English version rather than the Hindi one. The punchlines would seem sharper. It would also let you understand why the naughty pun about the film's title is not a cheap trick. Although never openly explained, the English version leaves behind a merry wink over that bit.... full review

So-So by Koel Purie , india today ...The film, however, glides over it without delving deep, perhaps a conscious decision to steer clear of Hindi movie melodrama that just went too far for me. The balance is off. The result - I went along on the ride but I just didn't care enough about the passengers. For that, with a heavy heart (because I would have preferred to give such a gutsy quirky film an all star rating), I am giving it 3 eccentric stars. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Khilnani , india today ...With Being Cyrus, Cocktail and now Finding Fanny Homi Adajania's filmography is quite a cocktail. To pull this off and make it entertaining is not easy, but it's clear he is an extremely talented filmmaker. If you are up for watching something different then go and watch Finding Fanny, you won't be disappointed... full review

Thumbs up by Saurabh Dwivedi, india today ...With this movie, Homi Adajani has proved that he still remembers the Being Cryus kind of cinema, even after making Cocktail.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...Finding Fanny won't set boxoffice on the fire like the last flims of Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor. But, it will find its own audience in the high end and premium multiplexes.... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...Finding Fanny isn’t much about quirk as much as it is about discoveries and revelations. Despite the ending being on the disappointing side and the threadbare plot, it is the magnificent Performances that creates a certain kinship with its audiences. It doesn’t play on the stereotype and is neither some path breaking film but I came out with a good experience, a few well intended laughs and some wonderful Performances. Don’t miss this. If you have the patience to unravel a treasure, Finding Fanny has one in hold for you. I am going with 4 stars.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY ...Imagine spending a night in a shack on a beach in Goa, drinking your poison and sharing mad jokes with friends all night. Watch this one for a slice of that kind of experience.... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Though for even those hunting for a quirky narrative there are occasional moments of sheer fun, the film does well for that segment of audience who like to see hardcore Bollywood stars in a set up like this.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum? The movie has all the dum required for a sweet feel good film and does full justice to the genre and the niche audience attached to it. Masala film lovers might shy away from this film as it might be too bland for their appetite. But for all others who love feel good films, this movie refreshes you with its unique theme and narrative style and helps finding the long lost cinematic simplicity in our Hindi cinema.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty Saha, NDTV ...Anil Mehta's beautiful cinematography adds to the film. The best thing about this screwball comedy is that Homi Adajania has evidently made it purely for the fun of it and not as a desperate bid to play to the gallery. Imagine spending a night in a shack on a beach in Goa, drinking your poison and sharing mad jokes with friends all night. Watch this one for a slice of that kind of experience.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara , Now Running.com ...As mentioned earlier, you may not be wowed by the story. Yet, Finding Fanny leaves you with a happy feeling. It is charmingly off-beat and yet mainstream. As you walk out, you would have much more on your mind apart from the delightful end-credit tune. Finding Fanny urges you to make a move if you want to find your love. I urge you to watch go to the theater and watch the film for sure. Just one advice - try catch the English version. Hindi is fine too but just not the language it is shot in.... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...Finding Fanny is all about lost love. Its characters may seem a bizarre bunch, but their search for love is conventional. In fact, it’s the seemingly ‘normal’ Angie who, perhaps, is the most out-of-the-box when it eventually comes to seeking out and embracing love. It’s this sense of whimsicality and romance within the absurd and a simultaneous assertion of the ludicrosity of rom­ance that I found most interesting. However, instead of dwelling more on this delicious dichotomy, the film goes deliberately overboard on the kinkiness and becomes over-­ind­ulgent with the loudness and farce. It ent­er­tained while it lasted but hasn’t stayed on with me for long. Finding Fanny is all about lost love. Its characters may seem a bizarre bunch, but their search for love is conventional. In fact, it’s the seemingly ‘normal’ Angie who, perhaps, is the most out-of-the-box when it eventually comes to seeking out and embracing love. It’s this sense of whimsicality and romance within the absurd and a simultaneous assertion of the ludicrosity of rom­ance that I found most interesting. However, instead of dwelling more on this delicious dichotomy, the film goes deliberately overboard on the kinkiness and becomes over-­ind­ulgent with the loudness and farce. It ent­er­tained while it lasted but hasn’t stayed on with me for long. ... full review

Thumbs up by Anish Mohanty , Planet Bollywood ...The film has been made in English and dubbed in Hindi. It must be mentioned that the English dialogues are very simple and hence, would be understood by a large chunk of people. You would have no problem in understanding the Konkani dialogues as subtitles have been provided. Finding Fanny has been made for a niche audience and it does not disappoint. The fact that it has been dubbed in Hindi will help it reach out to a wider audience.... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma., Rediff ...Finding Fanny is a fine blend of soulful musings and nuanced filmmaking. And I welcome this clutter breaking space, the First Lady of Pocolim and the Casanova of Konkon with all my heart... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Drink it all in, and order seconds as you would at Mondegar, without worrying about the cheque. Because -- as we ought learn from Don Pedro -- sometimes we just need a new drink in a marvelous old bottle.... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Co-writer and director Homi Adajania has redeemed himself after the deeply regressive Cocktail. Adajania brings in an arresting story, great atmospherics, and memorable character superbly acted by the cast. All this with a sprinkling of some deliciously wicked humour. This little, big film is all heart. You shouldn’t miss it!... full review

So-So by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...Playing an irresistible dame who will say sorry before slaying, Deepika takes off the fineries of Bollywood and you can sense the freedom from baggage in her performance. Arjun shows restraint with his scowls and for once sounds genuine in his anguish. Kapur doesn’t allow the flamboyant Don Podro to go over the top but it is Dimple who lends scars to this otherwise pretty-faced film as the lady whose fragile ego and frantic disposition often lead to funny results. Things get untangled rather easily towards the end making one feel that Homi hasn’t paid heed to don Podro’s advice – ‘In art there is no compromise.’ Still there are many reasons to get lost!... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das,, Times of India ...Finding Fanny sails on the fresh breeze of Deepika's smooth performance, her lonely Angie happy, yet tremblingly vulnerable. Naseer as bumbling, fumbling Ferdie is the perfect foil to the luminous ladies - he recalls a desi Mr. Bean, showing just enough spark to sidestep being a has-been.... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...‘Finding Fanny’ is fun-filled because it’s all about looking for what you need, what you want. It helps you find humour even in grief. But in the end, it’s all about finding love.... full review