Verdict: A con movie with great performances.

After 12 long years, this Farhan Akhtar film finally comes to theaters. Directed by Anand Surapur, The Fakir of Venice was to be the film with which Farhan Akhtar, then known for directing Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Lakshya (2004), was to make his acting debut. However, things didn’t go as planned and this movie was put on hold and he made his debut with Rock On! (2008). Farhan then went on to work in movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaagand Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara. Had he debuted with The Fakir of Venice, would his career have taken a slightly different route? Maybe, maybe not. Wondering how this film made a few years ago turned out to be? Let’s find out.

What’s The Fakir of Venice About:

Adi Contractor (Farhan Akhtar) is a production coordinator who can successfully smuggle a monkey across state borders for a film shoot. He is basically a jugaadu who will find solutions to anything in the art and media world. Adi’s new job has him searching for a real Fakir who can bury himself alive in sand and stay put for hours. This job requires him to fly the fakir to Venice for an art exhibition show. He goes in search for a fakir in Banaras but is unsuccessful in finding one. Little does he know that his fakir is right under his nose, in Juhu. Sattar (Annu Kapoor), a painter, is introduced to Adi as someone who can bury himself in the sand for hours and can actually do this extraordinary feat. To earn a quick buck for his plan for further studies in the US, Adi transforms Sattar into a fakir. They fly off to Venice – a conman and a fake fakir. Will they be caught or will they succeed? The rest of the plot answers this.