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Movie Review: The Fakir Of Venice

February 8th, 2019 | by vBollywood Author

Movie: The Fakir Of Venice
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor
Writer: Screenplay by Rajesh Devraj, Story by Homi Adajania
Director: Anand Surapur
Our rating:  3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
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The Fakir Of Venice offers an antidote to the ‘Visit Europe’ temptation created by many films. The film released featuring outstanding performances by the lead actors with a fresh concept.

The film has a slow pace in bits and parts and good performances. Adi Contractor (Farhan Akhtar), a man with weird jobs, is seen smuggling a Monkey for a Hollywood film crew across the border. He’s someone people look at to achieve their desires like requiring a Pink Elephant. He gets connected to an Italian museum who are looking for a Fakir (a Holy man) from India. They want a Fakir who can bury himself in the sand for a 7-day exhibition happening in their gallery. Ari works hard to look out for one in Benaras but fails to find someone of his standards.

He then meets a casting manager, whose common response to everything in life is ‘ho jaayega’ (it will be done). With all the help, Adi meets Sattar (Annu Kapoor), who is a small-time painter of buildings, hoardings. Sattar, on Juhu beach, used to perform his sand burial for a living and that’s the reason why he gets tracked. Adi decides to leave for Venice with this con Fakir and there awaits a lot of unplanned hurdles.

The story is inspired by real-life incidents from Homi Adajania’s life. The film has funny bits but rest of the parts are average. The entire narration of the film relies on two strong performances and a weak story. The film is in English and it’s all set to be labelled as ‘Europian Cinema’.

Farhan Akhtar had worked inthis film before this debut in 2008 with Rock On. The film seems dated from its presentation but has no issues with the screenplay. Farhan is subtle as Adi Contractor (Homi Adajania) has the screenplay featured.

Annu Kapoor has given a brilliant performance as he underplays himself as Sattar. He has a few outstanding sequences where he is exceptional. Kamal Sidhu and Valentina Carnelutti are great. The film has a weak supporting cast. A.R.Rahman’s music is good. The Fakir Of Venice is a story that is shot on the streets of Venice.

The Fakir Of Venice releases on 8th February, 2019.

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