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Fakir of Venice (2009)

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


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Credited cast:
Farhan Akhtar ... Adi Contractor
Annu Kapoor ... Sattar
Kamal Sidhu Kamal Sidhu ... Mandira
Mathieu Carrière ... Massimo
Valentina Carnelutti ... Gia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Umesh Bajpai Umesh Bajpai ... Baliram
Alessandro Bressanello ... Danielo
Jhilmil Hazrika Jhilmil Hazrika ... Hameeda
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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English | Hindi

Release Date:

December 2018 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fakir of Venice 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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3 May 2009 | by rvptr1See all my reviews

If you are one of those who think Farhan Akhtar was good in Rock On! or Luck By Chance, you are so wrong baby. Cause The Fakir of Venice is Farhan's best work to date.

Directed by Anand Surapur of Phat-Phish (he's also the producer of Quick Gun Murugan), the story begins with etching out Akhtar's character, a "ho-jayega" production guy who can get things done for any production unit, be it getting a monkey from across the border to getting "pot" for the "foreign" unit out in India to shoot a movie.

The core story kickstarts when an Italian museum needs a fakir who can be buried in sand for hours together. They have a weeklong exhibition and need such a man. Enter Akhtar who searches high and low for such a guy and when he's almost about to give up lands up at the door step of Annu Kapoor (brilliant performance), a slum dweller who paints buildings for a living.

The journey of getting Kapoor trained for the job entitles, making him look like a fakir, practicing under the sand, getting his passport ready and above all battling Kapoor's alcoholism.

Surapur in the entire story keeps the mood simple and the story straight, though there were ample places where this story could have been hacked to create some rip roaring laughter, Surapur's focus seems to be different, instead stressing to tell his view of the story which takes us into the darker secrets that Annu Kapoor, as the Fakir, holds in his chest.

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