Homi Adajaniaâ€™s first outing as a director â€˜Being Cyrusâ€™ did not have songs. His second film â€˜Cocktailâ€™, a romantic drama which far more commercial in approach, had some immensely popular music by Pritam.
â€˜Finding Fannyâ€™ is an English film that has French musician Mathias Duplessy credited as the composer of the film. Mathias has scored the music of many independent projects-films, documentaries in India, apart from composing the background score of â€˜Peepli Liveâ€™. With him being the composer and the fact that the film is based in Goa, one expects an experimental soundtrack soaked in Goan flavour.
The first song "Fanny Re" is a very lively song which sounds like a cross between country music and bossa nova. What surprises one is the fact that the lyrics are written predominantly in Punjabi. One wonders why as the film is based in Goa and revolves around characters based there. However, one doesnâ€™t mind that as the lyrics have a nice ring to them and the song, as a whole, is very catchy. Mukhtiyar Ali, apart from writing lyrics, is the lead vocalist of this song. His voice lends a folksy touch to the number. Mathias Duplessy provides backing vocals.
The second track in the album "Mahi Ve" is exactly the same as â€˜Fanny Reâ€™, with just the phrase â€˜Fanny Reâ€™ replaced with â€˜Mahi Veâ€™. The song seems to have been incorporated in the album just as gap filler.
"Ding Dong" is an English song sung by the composer Mathias Duplessy himself. The song has a strong European flavor to it with the strums of a classical guitar heard throughout the song. The song is very pleasant and should work well with the context of the film.
The album ends with "Shake Your Bootiya", set to tune by guest composers Sachin Jigar. Probably, the makers thought the album should have a song that would reach out a large number of listeners. That explains the inclusion of a song by two mainstream composers in the album. Sachin Jigar deliver a super fun number that, thankfully, does not sound out of sync with the film. The song has strong influences of bossa nova like the other songs in the album but it definitely has more mass appeal than Mathias Duppleyâ€™s numbers.
It must have been a tough job for the composers to stick to the filmâ€™s theme and come up with a number that has popular appeal but Sachin and Jigar have done this with aplomb. The whacky lyrics, which are amusing nonetheless, have been written by as many as four lyricists, namely, Mayur Puri, Sachin, Jigar and the filmâ€™s producer Dinesh Vijan. The casting of Divya Kumar as the lead vocalist is very interesting as the singer has earlier sung songs which had a very earthy feel to them. He brings a lot of freshness to the song.
Going by the standards of the Hindi film industry, â€˜Finding Fannyâ€™ is a very experimental soundtrack. The good news is that the experiment does not backfire. With just four songs, one of which being a rehash, the album is short yet likeable.