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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 »

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Anand Surapur

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Rajesh Devraj
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Credited cast:
Farhan Akhtar ... Adi Contractor
Annu Kapoor ... Sattar
Kamal Sidhu Kamal Sidhu ... Mandira
Mathieu Carrière ... Massimo
Valentina Carnelutti ... Gia
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Umesh Bajpai Umesh Bajpai ... Baliram
Alessandro Bressanello ... Danielo
Jhilmil Hazrika Jhilmil Hazrika ... Hameeda
Igor Horvat Igor Horvat ... Paulo
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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 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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8 February 2019 (India) See more »

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Depsite being released in several film festivals, as of November 2014, it has yet to find a theatrical release in India . See more »

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It's the first-ever film of actor Farhan Akhtar, even before he shot for ROCK ON (2008)
7 February 2019 | by Tejas_Vinda_AITSSee all my reviews

----- In today's times, getting a right release for your film is as crucial as shooting and writing it.

THE FAKIR OF VENICE it's the first-ever film of actor Farhan Akhtar, even before he shot for ROCK ON 2008 which eventually became his debut flick, but releasing on 8th feb 2019.

THE FAKIR OF VENICE is the story of an Indian fixer who has a life-changing experience. Adi Contractor (Farhan Akhtar) works in films as the production controller. His job is to ensure that the bizarre demands of the producers are met. He once manages to get a monkey from China as per the requirement of an urgent film shoot in the Himalayas near the border on the Indian side!

The Fakir of Veniceis based on an apparently true story of an art installation at the famous Venice Biennale. It will follow an Indian con man is hired to find a fakir, who can bury himself in sand for an art installation. He finds a Bombay slum dweller and manages to successfully deceive the European art community. What follows is the relationship the two develop over time.

A lot of dialogues have abuses which have been muted, courtesy the CBFC. Hence, it is difficult to comprehend some of the sentences muttered by the characters.

The film is just 98 minutes long and the first half is breezy and light-hearted and does engage viewers. However, the second half gets too heavy and bizarre. Sattar repeatedly waking up with a scream becomes repetitive.

Technically too, the film is not sound and the dated feel also kicks in at certain places. Although the film ends on a good note, it is too late in the day to make the desired impact.

A R Rahman's music makes no impact.

On the whole, THE FAKIR OF VENICE boasts of an interesting plot and bravura performance by Annu Kapoor. But the flawed execution, festival-style narrative and most importantly the delayed release will go against the film heavily.


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