Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor and Kamal Sidhu starrter comedy drama The Fakir of Venice has been directed and produced by Anand Surapur, opened the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2009. A decade later it has finally found its way into the Indian theatres. The brilliant movie is a proof of how creative Indian filmmakers can widen their content for their audience.
The film indeed doesn’t act as a typical Bollywood movie and was even appreciated years ago by all the people who held the honour of witnessing it at the festival. No, we don't say this because it's set in a non-Indian manner but because the challenges faced by the characters of this film are immensely relatable and either Indian or Italian, they seen fresh and very original. Writer Rajesh Devraj and director Anand Surapur have adapted it from a true story and portrayed it in such a manner that it plays to everyone.
The plot of The Fakir of Venice is about 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. An Indian Mr. Fix-it, Adi (Farhan Akhtar) is a person who executes challenging assignments for various film companies, is hired for fining a Fakir (a holy man who can perform feats of endurance); who would have to be buried into the sand by an Italian artist.
However, Adi finds a poor labourer instead, named Sattar (Annu Kapoor), who has performed a similar act in the past to earn money from the tourists. The two con men fly all the way from India to Venice to be a part of this installation project by an Italian man who himself is a con artist. The motive of both the visitors is extremely different as Adi views the who situation as an opportunity to sharpen and widen his skills of being a hustler and a louse. On the other hand, Sattar starts drinking even more than he used to normally and eventually feels homesick in all the foreignness as he couldn't speak neither English or Itanian and no one could understand him, which isolates him after a point. Soon it gets clear that he's very ill due to his toxic habits.
Surapur's directorial is a well-thought and shot movie and the brilliant performances by the two lead actors will win everyone's heart. We wish that The Fakir of Venice could have been released on the silver screen, much sooner but it's definitely worth a watch. This old but original comedy-drama gets 7 out of 10 from our side!