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Don Pedro by Bobby SingThe article is an honest interpretation of a particular extraordinary sequence in the film FINDING FANNY dealing with a true artist, his vision towards the chosen subject and the shocking revelation he makes after finishing off with his canvas all of a sudden.
With a fear that whether I would be able to express myself rightly or not, I admit that many friends reading this might disagree with the article presented from an artist’s perception and many might not be able to relate with it at all due to my own limitation of putting it into a few words making a deliberate effort. Still I would love to try conveying the thoughts to the best of my ability as its indeed an important subject and hope the message reaches all friends of BTC in its purest form somehow.
To begin with, not many films come up with such a classic, masterpiece scene presenting the three major gifted characteristics of an artist (painter in the film) putting him/her into a different league altogether in comparison to everyone else. Homi Adajania’s FINDING FANNY brilliantly delivers such precious sequence after a long time and thus deserves to be seen, cherished and grasped by all interested in this particular genre.
But before describing those valuable minutes of the film, I would like to state three basic qualities of an artist as personally seen, experienced and discovered in those creative moments.
First of all, it’s a widely known fact that a gifted artist (involving any creative stream) enjoys a distinctive vision to look upon the things around and certainly sees something beyond the power of a normal eye in his subject matter, which cannot be expressed in any kind of language whatsoever, other than the creation itself once it reaches its final form. In simple words, suppose a common man and an experienced sculptor are standing before a huge piece of rock in a thinking mode, then they both would be having completely contrasting visions of the rock coming to their minds indisputably. Where the common man would not be able to go beyond the original rock, its basic shape or its rough surface visible to the naked eye, the sculptor would be busy finding his own idol hidden beneath the various layers of the rock, waiting to be extracted out using his own set of tools and the creative eye.
So the same piece of rock is being looked upon by the artist in a certain mystical way which cannot be known to anyone else until he comes up carving the final idol he had seen hidden in the rock itself. The same happens when a natural scenery is being enjoyed by a simple person and a painter standing together during a beautiful sunset. And this is so since the artist visualizes the world around him with a completely different perception based on his own creativity beyond explanation or interpretation till his final creation gets completed after passing through various painstaking processes of creation.
Don Pedro at bobbytalkscinema.comSecondly, once an artist moves into his own world of creating the artistic expression be it a painting, a sculpture, a poem, a song, a story, a write-up or anything else, many a times he suddenly becomes a totally different person, displaying some strange mannerisms, gestures or even tantrums going beyond his own control in a state of some kind of meditative trance. Perhaps the most appropriate word here seems to be “Junoon” explaining this particular stage of an artist while he is creating, when you cannot talk to him in a normal mode, do not find him behaving in a sane manner (while he is deeply involved with his art) and there is a complete stranger standing in front of you who is not your known friend, relative or the master living inside his own ongoing creation.
Thirdly and most importantly comes the feeling an artist experiences once he completes his work, comes out of it and then sits back thinking about his creation in a relaxed mode. And its this stage of creativity which actually reveals a much deeper, purer and celestial, important truth enjoyed by the artist alone which probably can only be understood once a person goes through the same becoming the mad artist.
Going into a bold explanation of this most divine stage in some clear words, the soulful peace or the blissful satisfaction experienced by an artist after completing any of his passionate ongoing work is actually quite equivalent to the feeling of sexual orgasm felt after an intense intercourse.
In fact that is the reason, artists seem to be very close to being eccentric as they are not even concerned about what’s happening in the outer world while they are deeply involved in their passionate work……….exactly like one feels while being into a deep sexual act with the eyes closed. And once they come out of this process of an ecstatic creation they feel immensely satisfied, contended and at peace just like one gets relieved post having an enjoyable sexual union.
No doubt interpreting the above complex artistic features in a film-scene is certainly not an easy task. But thankfully its right there in FINDING FANNY with its Don Pedro brilliantly portrayed by the one and only Pankaj Kapoor following his subject of art Ms. Rosie, also entertainingly played by Dimple Kapadia quite bravely.
Don Pedro and Rosie at bobbytalkscinema.comThe Sequence in the Film
Rightly following the description attempted above about an artist’s persona, Don Pedro in the film has all lust and less love in his eyes for Ms. Rosie and her voluminous body before he is given the permission to make a painting of her by the lady herself. In the initial part of the film, Pedro is willing to do anything to get closer to her before he picks up his brush and sets up the canvas to paint Ms. Rosie posing as his loved subject.
But once he is into his creative process of making the painting, he suddenly becomes a changed man, an angry obsessed person who starts scolding the lady to stand straight quite arrogantly. He doesn’t allow her to put her hand down for even a second without caring about any kind of discomfort she must be feeling and slips into an entirely different persona away from the Don Pedro we had seen and enjoyed before the commencement of his painting.
Further the moment he finishes off with his artwork after a few minutes in the sequence, he makes the most stunning, shocking and unusual revelation about Ms. Rosie, after looking through her entire personality in and out through his blessed eyes of an artist or a creator.
And taking his canvas off from the stand he declares (not in exact words),
“No, you are not as beautiful from the inside as you seem to be, owning an inviting body and a glowing face.
No you are not the person I would like to meet or spend time with, as disclosed by my honest brush.
No you are not any likable person at all but an ugly, horrible lady with an overgrown body.
No I don’t want you any more…………… I am just done with you………. so get lost!”
In simple words, he is not feeling the same lust or love for the lady anymore or is now all done with her without even touching her body even once because he has witnessed something quite awful and dark in his adorable subject, along with enjoying an unexplainable sort of sexual satisfaction in the process too pacifying him by all means.
Moreover, his honest interpretation of Ms. Rosie post the painting session also gets justified or accepted by the lady herself since she doesn’t feel like denying, revolting or fighting back despite going through the unexpected humiliation all of a sudden. Because deep inside she also knows that the painter has said it all right about her inner reality she had been hiding since long and Don Pedro is the real artist who could see it all as it is, through his gifted visionary eyes and creative ability.
As a frank confession, I haven’t seen or probably cannot recall witnessing such powerful scene about an artist and his creative process in any other Indian or foreign flick portraying the concept so thoughtfully along with the added humour taking it to much greater heights before. So in my opinion, this surely calls for an essential watch at the earliest making an extra effort in the theaters itself. Plus this particular scene needs to be included in one of the “Ten Most Thoughtful Sequences” of our Hindi films for sure without any doubt.
So you just can’t afford to miss it and I hope the article is able to express the difficult truth reaching all like-minded friends of BTC with HIS BLESSINGS.
Bobby Sing
(Sept. 2014)
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17 September 2014 / bobbysing /
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Finding FannyBeginning with a harsh truth, FINDING FANNY is one of those rare, enjoyable comic gems which is not going to find an unanimous applause from all as it seems. Many are going to love it and a few not, mainly due to its distinctive city feel and urban humour served through all wacky Goan characters living life according to their own preset notions. Particularly the film is not going to satisfy the ones expecting it to be another slapstick comedy keeping in mind its intentionally made comical promos. Plus many might find it a bit vulgar too in its verbal confessions and eccentric charactersiations, judged through a conventional mindset unable to accept their frank expressions.
Further admitting the fact, its not that FINDING FANNY is a perfect masterpiece scoring much closer to the maximum as it might sound. The film has its own set of flaws like a slower start, a lazy pace and a stumbled end which leaves many expectations raised as unfulfilled. Yet I would like to recommend FINDING FANNY for its pleasant freshness, authentic feel and many charming performances which slowly make their way into your hearts as the film ends at a less than 95 minutes of duration with a worth watching song video shown with the end titles.
Also it has one particular extraordinary sequence, which I would like to rate as one of best cinematic expressions made in Hindi cinema till date dealing with an artist (painter), his art and his personal depiction of a subject placed in front of him. But keeping this important eye-opener to be discussed in details in an exclusive article later, let us talk about the film in totality and its key features as mentioned below.
Beginning on a slower note, Homi Adajania, the director introduces all its main characters in the first 15 minutes of the film with some interesting scenes. And the moment you have the one and only Pankaj Kapoor on the screen playing the master painter, Don Pedro, obsessed with women and their body curves as his sole subject of art, the narration gets the much required lift and the mood is built for a much wackier film ahead than expected.
Based on a very thin plot of finding the lost/forgotten love of an elderly person (Naseeruddin Shah), FINDING FANNY is actually about five people from Goa (Deepika, Dimple, Arjun, Naseer and Pankaj Kapoor), who decide to search for Naseer’s lady love in an vintage imported car and their experiences on the road leading to some unexpected, enjoyable outcomes. The wonderfully written characters and the unpredictability factor remain its two strong merits throughout and the film successfully makes an impact as it ends with a small pinch of realistic sadness in its final scenes.  
Having said that at few places it does tend to be a bit over the top or weird too, like the way the poor cat gets treated in the car, the manner in which the actual truths get revealed by the lady’s daughter herself or the mess in which an unintentional gun-shot hits the wrong destination raising many further questions in the climax. Still the film never goes off the path completely and keeps you engaged most of the times with its worth watching performances, entertaining dialogues, catchy music, excellent cinematography and the unusual story progression with many sudden twists in the second half. Musically, I really loved the title song having an instantly likable Goan composition and Punjabi lyrics amalgamated beautifully along with a pleasing camerawork capturing the landscapes well.
Among the admirable performances, we have the outspoken, lonely and a little hammy Dimple Kapadia winning your heart after the unexpected humiliation coming from the funny painter, Naseeruddin Shah elegantly playing the puzzled old man after receiving a forgotten letter and Arjun Kapoor coming up with a surprisingly bright act clearly showing the signs of growth learning from all the veterans around (in the film) quite intelligently.
But above all there is the lovely, charming lady Deepika Padukone with a sparklingly natural performance looking simply great in every single frame and Pankaj Kapoor who once again proves that even if you give him only 20 minutes in the script, he is capable to deliver the finest act of the film with an amazing, outstanding ease as always.
In all, FINDING FANNY is bold, dark, sad as well as light, funny and enjoyable, bringing in the much desired freshness in our Hindi films. So do give it a try especially for Don Pedro (Pankaj Kapoor) who is sure going to give you a good time in the theater, in this deliciously smart film revolving around five lively characters from the city of Fenny. And just don’t hesitate watching it in Hindi since that’s the version I saw and I never found it awkward or anywhere compromising in the dialogues and their real meanings.
Rating : 3.5 + 1 / 5
(with the additional 1 just for that rare artistic sequence to be discussed in details in an exclusive article coming next at BTC soon.)
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15 September 2014 / bobbysing /
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Posing as the new millennium’s upgraded version of Ramsay brothers (of the 80s), Vikram Bhatt is now more known for his horror films instead of anything else made in the initial phase of his career. So strengthening this newly found unique status in the industry, Vikram continues to experiment within the same genre following the right vision but unfortunately fails to deliver anything exceptional when it comes to execution or in terms of thrill, excitement and horror expected from a film titled CREATURE released in 3D.
To give him the credit where deserved, yes the project can be rated as probably the first mainstream Hindi horror film talking about a strange, scary creature in particular, extensively focusing on its graphical depiction involving great amount of hard-work, expenditure and skill. However the other side of the coin is that this happens to be the only merit of the film as you are not going to find it that engaging, exciting or horrifying in comparison of any other creature movie seen before.
Actually a horror film revolving around A CREATURE has to be outstanding at three exclusive points in its script. First at the time of its entry, second while revealing the creature’s hidden history of origin and third when it gets destroyed in the end with some distinctive trick or any other novel technique. Sadly Vikram Bhatt’s CREATURE is not able to impress its viewers in any of the above mentioned points in its script and thus remains a below average, unentertaining film in totality to say it all.
Stating the three points individually, the creature’s entry in the film is just ok with nothing spine chilling or exciting happening on the screen. Its existential history is not explained with any kind of interesting detailing or scenes and finally its destruction turns out to be more funny than scary mainly due to the over length, clichéd killings and poor execution towards the climax. For instance, the learned professor very well knows where the devil lives in some underground caves and the exact spot too. The caves which have the entry from just a 3 feel wide hole, later can also accommodate a whole jeep moving in, just at the right moment to save our heroine. Following the set pattern of a Vikram Bhatt horror film, a weak parallel love-plot is simply there to incorporate all the average songs thrown in randomly. Plus a particular sequence in the film shows the killing of a wild leopard by some hired hunters being celebrated with a photo session so fearlessly as if its not a crime in our country running the “Save The Species” campaign from many years now. In fact this was the most irresponsible insertion in the film demanding a severe criticism.
Adding to its few positives, CREATURE does manage to impress you marginally with the 3D visual effects generating a certain amount of curiosity around the huge demon having a long lizard like tale, green eyes and a manly built in the beginning. But as the film progresses further, the uninspiring artificial roar and boring, routine sequences having nothing fresh to offer completely kill the novelty of the concept introduced and one doesn’t feel like enjoying the experience at all close to the interval.
Post intermission it fast becomes such a long, tedious film despite having an engaging concept of ‘Brahmrakshsa’ which could have been the key USP of the film pulling the viewer in. The writing fails to deliver anything above the routine, the cinematography and graphics try hard to deliver the expected in vain and background music doesn’t bring in those chills which one wants to feel while watching a horror film revolving around a strange creature. Besides the way they all try to kill the demon in the climax, becomes funny instead of scary due to its poor monotonous feel and the annoying length.
Another major downer of CREATURE has to be the catchy promotional song “Mohabbat Barsa De Na Tu” featuring Surveen Chawla in a sensual avatar, which is no-way related to the actual project and the film doesn’t have any of those sexy scenes too which are sure going to disappoint many sitting in the theaters expecting a lot more (especially from a Hindi Horror film).
As the performers, Bipasha Basu doesn’t look fresh but tries to give a spirited performance minus any passionate bedroom scenes. The newcomer Imran Abbas proves to be a debutant more dependent on his good looks than the skills required but Mukul Dev performs decently in the role of a researching professor, who should have been given more mileage in the script as I strongly felt. Few in the supporting cast do it over the top like the paan chewing inspector and the bank manager, whereas rest of them are simply there filling up the space.
In short as the first Hindi horror film based on a specific CREATURE, this could have been a trendsetter movie with a chain reaction. But in the present format, its nothing more than another wasted opportunity to make an entertaining horror flick by a reputed name.
Rating : 1 / 5
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12 September 2014 / bobbysing /
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