Finding Fanny and weighty Issues.

Finding_Fanny_Theatrical_release_poster I watched “Finding Fanny” and I wouldn’t beat around the bush. I loved it. Even after I had to watch it in a chair with a broken armrest, chewing rubbery cold  pop corns, a cringe worthy ceiling and a lingering perpetual scent of stale Urine. There! You just   got a perfect picture of Jade,  the sole theater for Indian movies in Singapore. Finding Fanny  is about love, Hope, Lust, egos and changing equations. Its a story about a man, Ferdie, who embarks on the journey seeking the love of his life along with a twisted painter, a virginal(pun intended), the love sick, an uptight  and a cat. Its a Journey that’s both metaphorical as it is literal. Now I can go on, give you an outline of the story, the performances, the glitch.

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Now what do you expect when to go to watch a movie like finding fanny? A movie by the one who gave us “being Cyrus”.

CYRUSSeriously? I am perplexed by the way some people are bashing up the movie and writing it off. I don’t go watch a Sajid khan movie if I am looking out for a social message. Do I? Well who am i kidding? I don’t watch a sajid khan’s movie in any case. But what I am trying to say is don’t write off a movie because it isn’t what you thought it to would be. When a director makes a movie like that he knows the risks. He will miss out on a major chunk of audience. But he goes ahead, may be because that’s what he believes in. And there are people who enjoy them, because it breaks the gazillion  stereotypical notions we are bound by.

So I post this after watching the movie “Actors that can act, a modest but refreshing story , movie worth my time. “Finding Fanny” does manage to revive some of my lost faith in Indian cinema.” So it basically sums up my views on the movie. And you see why I liked the movie.

But then there are people who post “third grade movie”, “bakwaas”, “not recommended”.

That’s what gets me every time. E-V-E-R-Y-T-I-M-E. .

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And I by no means am saying that I liked it so everyone should like it. Of course not. You have all rights to not like it. But its definitely not a unsuccessful attempt at a movie. It is an intelligent movie and worth a watch. Had I  gone by the reviews doing rounds on the internet and not watched it the first day, I could have easily be fooled into not seeing it. And I personally know people  who would love this movie for its clear resemblance to a good Literary drama.

Having said that, I am not as irritated by the bad reviews this movie has been receiving as the following episode that happened during the movie.

So there is a scene in the movie where Don Pedro  (Pankaj Kapoor) a exaggerated version of himself  paints a disgraceful picture of  Rosie(Dimple Kapadia) and for sometime its actually funny. And then  he says the words “I am done with you” and lift up the painting at an angle where audience can see. Needless to say there were saggy b**bs and a loose belly. Now an actress as good as Dimple wordlessly but explicitly puts it across that she is shattered and feels used. I guess, this is the first time in the movie she sees herself  from eyes that’s not her own. And very perverted at that. It made me sad. of course there were squeals of delight all around. What got me were a small group of women who kept laughing for the next minute at the beauty of the scene. Literally and that too, loudly, even after everyone stopped.

I am sorry? What was funny? A woman being disrobed and demeaned. The naked body? The insults hurled at her?Now its not my place to judge anyone.  May be I am the one reading too much. But I just could relate it to  the fact how insensitive we are. It We are so used to watching movie where a joke on a woman is funny and we don’t know where to stop? It reminds me of women who giggle while thier guy friends make fun of another woman passing by. And it reminds me of all the insensitive comments made on a postpartum body of a woman.****(Kinda spoiler alert)***** So did it give me a relief when the self proclaimed painter got shot right in his face and was thrown out of the car and drowned in the water? Hell Ya! The death by the way had so much similarity to the death of the cat. Abrupt, oblivious and disregarded. But at least the cat got a proper burial.

To end it on a funny note, sharing this oh-so-true portray of an epic dumb Salman’s reaction to the movie, done by  The Indian Express.

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Ek Villain

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Rarely do I watch a movie in theater. Either I patiently wait for its DVD to release or I break the law and watch it online.  Movie rating here in Singapore are pretty strict and that means I have to smuggle my toddler inside most of the time.  So you choose, what would you rather like? A woman who might be promoting movie piracy in a teeny weeny way  or the one who smuggles her own baby. I am sure you would make a wise decision. Anyhoo I watched “Ek Villain” today and so I thought I would share my thoughts about it while you pretend like you care.

So just as you arrange the drink, the pop corns and the M&M on the seat the heroine is murdered. Holy molly! so soon you ask? you see she died young! I am so funny! no? We then oscillate between present and past. We have numerous villains to deal with. We have Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) a hench-man of ahem ahem Ceasar (who is he exactly? a politician? a don?), who has just begun to lead a virtuous life after he falls in love with Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor). Then we have Mahesh (or is he Mukesh?) Riteish Deshmukh who kills women for pleasure. He kills Aisha too, who by now is Gurus wife. And of course Guru won’t stop at anything to revenge her death.

I am sure by now you have heard it enough about how it is “inspired” by ‘I saw the Devil’. Well it is indeed inspired and in an very average way  at that. But let’s just review it without comparing it to its Korean counterpart. The movie does have potential but it’s lost in the far too many loopholes. In terms of acting Reitesh does impress. Aamna Sharif is good successfully portraying the role of Ritesh’s cribbing wife. Sidharth is mostly good but a little too awkward in hard-core action scenes. Shraddha is honest to her character. I was totally surprised at how messed up all the other cast was? Remo Fernandas as Ceasar was funny rather than being tyrannous . The police officer was plain awkward. I am sorry, what  purpose was he serving again?  I would have made peace with all the bad cast with their worse acting had I have been spared from the horror of what was coming.

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Yes ‘Mr Imported french ka paani and london ki chai’ was right there in your face throwing in those ugly dialogues. He is cringe worthy.Period.

Guru is eight years old when his parents were killed by people, his father owed money to. Eight years! There were instances in the movies where Guru is shown as close to illiterate.  I am sorry! Weren’t your parents sending you to school?  Dude you cannot spell E L E P H A N T! So basically you have a gambler for a father and a mother who forgets to get you admitted in school. You cry murder. I say easy riddance!

Aisha’s father is too keen for her and Guru’s Alliance. So he doesn’t really care if he is getting a cold-blooded murderer as a son-in-law.

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Just when Mahesh’s wife is arrested, Mahesh tries to escape from Guru.  The police man says something on the lines of how he would not let Guru get the satisfaction of revenge – lo and behold they both look on as Mahesh runs away. WOW! So basically the police lets the psycho killer go and give him the freedom to  murder some more women. Well what can I say? Job well done. And why is the wife even arrested? She hardly had any role to play in the killing. Of-course other than wearing jewelry that came straight off the corpses. But she hardly knew anything about it.

I know I am being a little too unfair on the movie but I guess I had real high expectations from this one, after far too many brainless makes being shoved in our faces . It does have a twist or a two but mostly a pretty straightforward movie wherein a  relentless and vindictive lover fights a coldblooded murderer. All in all you would like this movie if you don’t watch it with mammoth size expectations.

 

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