THE FAKIR OF VENICE
Director: Anand Surapur
Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor
Written by: Rajesh Devraj
The Fakir of Venice is apparently a true story of a conman. It starts off with an art installation at the famous Venice Biennale, which is a well-known contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years on a huge scale. Adi (Farhan Akhtar), an Indian, is some sort of a fixer, who executes challenging assignments for various film companies. He is hired to find a Fakir (a holy man who can perform feats of endurance), who would have to be buried into the sand by an Italian artist. But, Adi finds a poor labourer, Sattar (Annu Kapoor) instead who has performed something like that in the past for foreign tourists, just to earn money. Adi along with Sattar head to Italy to be a part of that installation project by the Italian, who turns out to be a conman himself. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
This film was techinally, Farhan’s debut film, which has now released 9 years later. It opened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The film if would have released in India in 2009 might now have worked at all. But now, with the advent of content driven films, its prospects look really nice. The film has an interesting plot and the story has been said nicely with an emotional ending.
Farhan has delivered a fine performance with his ‘debut’ film and makes a great impact. Annu has delivered a brilliant performance as expected and seems determined as a man whose real motives remain hidden till the climax.
Anand Surapur’s direction is good and has managed to handle the emotions and the characters brilliantly.
At the box-office
The film hasn’t been promoted at all and the awareness is very little for it as well and hence it will struggle to get anywhere substantial in its overall run.