“Cocktail” director Homi Adajania says he was offered similar kinds of films after the success of the Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone-starrer but chose to stay away from them as he was not inclined to make anything merely for money.
The filmmaker’s next is quirky comedy “Finding Fanny” with an ensemble cast of Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor, along with stalwarts like Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur.
“I was offered some big ‘Cocktail’-type films after its success, but I really wanted to work on my own material and not just direct something for money. ‘Finding Fanny’ is really very special to me. Naseer and Dimple are a riot to work with. Pankaj is incredible,” Adajania said.
“Deepika amazes me with her constant growth as an actor, and Arjun was a revelation surpassing my expectations. The performances have been selfless and fantastic. We all worked very hard but more importantly we had a blast, and I promise you’ll see this onscreen,” he said.
Set in Goa, “Finding Fanny” is a hilarious and heartwarming bilingual film about a man’s search for his childhood love, Stefanie (Fanny) Fernandes, and how a group of dysfunctional characters go on a road trip with him to find her.
“Finding Fanny” comes on the strong back of Khan and Dinesh Vijan’s Illuminati Films. Adajania’s last outing with them delivered a super-hit in “Cocktail.”
“We are excited about the way the film is shaping up. Homi has a talent for cinematic storytelling, giving us diverse stories be it ‘Being Cyrus’ or ‘Cocktail.’ Now we have a gem of a film in ‘Finding Fanny.’ We are proud to add this wonderful, warm, quirky story to our stable. We are looking forward to partnering with Fox Star Studios, and hope to reach out to a wide audience globally,” producer Vijan said.
“‘Finding Fanny’ is a very important addition to our exciting lineup for 2014. We are glad to have partnered with Dinesh and Saif on this film. We believe in Homi’s cinema and its ability to connect universally. We were blown away by the script, and the film has lined up some of India’s most exciting talent. We are committed to releasing it across the globe,” said Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios.
The film will release worldwide July 4, 2014.