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The Fakir of Venice (2009)

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An Indian con man is hired to find a fakir who can bury himself in sand for an installation art project in Venice. He passes off a poor slum dweller from Bombay as the real thing, conning ... See full summary »


Anand Surapur


Rajesh Devraj





Cast overview:
Farhan Akhtar ... Adi Contractor
Annu Kapoor ... Sattar
Jhilmil Hazrika Jhilmil Hazrika ... Hameeda
Valentina Carnelutti ... Gia
Mathieu Carrière ... Massimo
Kamal Sidhu Kamal Sidhu ... Mandira
Umesh Bajpai Umesh Bajpai ... Baliram
Alessandro Bressanello ... Danielo
Igor Horvat Igor Horvat ... Paulo
Sushma Prakash Sushma Prakash ... Avantika
Marta Paola Richeldi Marta Paola Richeldi ... Gallery Attendant
Vikram Sahu Vikram Sahu ... Billoo
Joginder Singh Joginder Singh ... Goldtooth


An Indian con man is hired to find a fakir who can bury himself in sand for an installation art project in Venice. He passes off a poor slum dweller from Bombay as the real thing, conning the European art world successfully. It is the story of a strange relationship. A relationship between two characters who are brought together to carry out a deception. To pull it off, however, they must learn to shed the layers of deceit, and move towards understanding themselves, and each other. Written by Anonymous

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Farhan shot for the film before Rock On. See more »


Wako Naam Fakir
Vocals by A.R. Rahman, Abhay Jodhpurkar & Arjun Chandy
Lyrics by Sant Kabir
Music by A.R. Rahman]
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Capsule Review: Fakir of Venice (5 Stars)
7 September 2019 | by nairtejasSee all my reviews

There's some real wisdom thrown around in Fakir of Venice (Monk of Venice), a story of a downtrodden building painter (Annu Kapoor) who is hired by an unscrupulous and opportunistic young man (Farhan Akhtar) to fake act as a religious ascetic from India as part of an art exhibition in Venice. The narrative introduction from the point of view of the man cements his character as snobbish as you are taken into the journey from India to Italy where the exhibitionists and connoisseurs fall for the grace of this monk who can stay trapped underground for hours at a time. Kapoor and his character steal the show as they shine light into the world of petty jobs in India and elsewhere in the world. "The world doesn't let us work and live peacefully, does it?" quips a character when asked about why anyone would sleep under mud for a living and why there has to be a vigilant second person when someone does a stunt like that. A bit of self-reflection is also a part of Fakir of Venice as one of the character says, "I didn't know dying would be so difficult," but then the good points of the film comes to an end as the narrator goes on and on about why he did what he does, making you anxious with boredom. Looking at the Venetian locales is a treat but the lack of fluidity and coherence makes Fakir of Venice a film that should have stayed maybe even 10 more years back in time, in 1999. TN.

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English | Hindi

Release Date:

8 February 2019 (India) See more »

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The Fakir See more »

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