Goa delivers more than beaches for you. It has always been one of the finest shooting locations for Bollywood. Goa Tourism joined hands with the team of Finding Fanny to popularise Goa as a ‘Land of contrasts’.
So which are the top locations in the movie Finding Fanny? The main locations in the movie Finding Fanny are Lisbon House, Siolimbridge, Three Kings Church, St Jacinto Bridge and Divar Island.
The story of Finding Fanny is based on Goan characters and their lifestyle. The team chose less popular locations to shoot. Let’s take a look at some of these.
Lisbon House, Assago Village
Before the search for Fanny begins, Assago village is shown as Deepika’s village, and Lisbon House is her mother in law’s place. Assago is a well laid out village in Goa. It stretches out over a tiny strip 7 km in length. Deepika Padukone and Dimple Kapadia are often taking streets down this stretch while the camera travels along with them. Full of crossandra flowers, Assago greets you with the colour of flame.
Siolimbridge, North Goa
Siolimbridge is built over the river Chapora in the northern part of Goa. The bridge is also a landmark point for a great view of the setting sun. In Siolim village you are welcomed by densely forested lanes, colonial-era houses and colourful stalls around the streets. It is very close to Panjim, just a 30-minute drive. But it is also the quickest escape to the unexplored and less crowded northern beaches like Morjim and Arambol. Siolim was under the control of the Portuguese for a long time. So the place features a lot of Portuguese architecture in its churches and villages. Finding Fanny used this bridge and the roads to show the protagonists’ journey in a lot of detail.
Three Kings Church, Cansulim Village
This is one of the lesser known churches of Goa. Bollywood has used this church on many occasions for its unparalleled view. The church is situated on a hill off the coastal area. Try to get here before sunset, and you are in for a breathtaking view of Goa from the top. The path towards the church is a scenic one, and mostly offbeat travellers choose to take this route. On the 6th of January, the church celebrates Three Kings Feast which is a lavish affair. Remember the marriage scene of Deepika and Ranveer Singh in Finding Fanny? Three Kings Church is where the long awaited marriage took place.
St Jacinto Bridge, San Jacinto Island
St Jacinto Bridge is the connecting bridge to one of the most exotic islands of south Goa. The San Jacinto Island, which preserves the purity of Goa in its true spirit, can be reached via St Jacinto Bridge. The bridge is also called the Silver Gate Bridge. On the island you can find the old chapel and a much older Portuguese lighthouse. The lighthouse offers a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean and Goa’s coastline. The search for Fanny continued across this bridge and islands in different scenes.
Divar Island can be reached by ferry from both north and south Goa. The island offers a picture postcard view of Goa’s countryside. It has plenty of open paddy fields and wooded hills, which served as the backdrop for a scene in Finding Fanny where all the characters end up abandoned in one place.
Divar Island is very scenic and has a unique charm. It also overlooks the Mandovi River, and offers a panoramic view of Old Goa and open fields. There is a small, typical Goan village here if you choose to explore more of the island. In spite of being small, the village is very well maintained, and has many elegant Portuguese villas.
The island can only be experienced fully if you choose to take long walks or hire a cycle to explore it. Life seems to have not sped up at all here over the years. Take a weekend break and experience this soothing part of Goa for a while.