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Finding Fanny
 
Producer: Dinesh Vijan
Director: Homi Adajania
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor
Music: Mathias Duplessy
Lyrics: Mukhtiyar Ali, Alan Mercer, Mayur Puri, Sachin Jigar and Dinesh Vijan
Audio On: Sony Music    Number of Songs: 4
Album Released on: August 2014
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 6.0 / 10
 
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Homi Adajania’s first outing as a director ‘Being Cyrus’ did not have songs. His second film ‘Cocktail’, a romantic drama which far more commercial in approach, had some immensely popular music by Pritam.

‘Finding Fanny’ 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 ‘Peepli Live’. 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 doesn’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 ‘Fanny Re’, with just the phrase ‘Fanny Re’ replaced with ‘Mahi Ve’. 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 Duppley’s numbers.

It must have been a tough job for the composers to stick to the film’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 film’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, ‘Finding Fanny’ 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.

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