Opinions about Homi Adajania are divided neatly down the middle, which is hardly surprising since he is only two films old. The adventure-sports fiend turned film-maker in 2006 with Being Cyrus, a wacky comedy set in his own Parsi community and featuring a bunch of eccentrics who derive their happiness from undercutting each other. Cocktail, made six years later, was a formulaic and conservative love triangle that saw Adajania floating uncomfortably in the mainstream.

Finding Fanny sees him back in his comfort zone—also known as cuckoo land. Set in Goa and following another set of mavericks (this time Goan Catholic) who set out on a journey to find a mysterious woman named Stephanie Fernandes, Finding Fanny might just prove right an old belief about film-makers—the first film is usually a pure expression of creativity, the second is a marketplace compromise, while it’s only in the third that a discernible style and attitude come into view. Featuring Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur, the English-language movie opens on 12 September. Edited excerpts from an interview:

What made you set ‘Finding Fanny’ in Goa and among the Goan Catholic community?

Director Homi Adajania
Director Homi Adajania
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