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The Fakir Of Venice

The Fakir Of Venice

8 Feb, 2019
1 hrs 38 mins
418 votes
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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 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.
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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 didnt go as planned and this movie was put on hold and he made his debut w... ...Read full review
Farhan Akhtar is the only good part in the movie. It has to be done and this has to be done. ...Read full review
"The Fakir Of Venice" builds its narrative pyramid on a solid foundation of exploitative tourism. But the plot falls apart in the third act when a good-hearted local Italian woman (Valentina Carnelutti) intervenes to rescue the Fakir (with a tragic unconvincing secret) and even falls in love with him. ...Read full review
Farhan Akhtar isn`t a disappointment in what was supposed to be his debut film. ...Read full review
What lifts the film somewhat and makes it watchable is Farhan Akhtars performance as Adi Contractor. ...Read full review
Farhan Akhtar`s film could`ve been engaging if its philosophical kernel were supported by greater filmmaking flair. ...Read full review
This is reportedly Farhan Akhtars debut film as an actor but the reason why it couldnt get a release is shrouded in mystery. Worse films have made it to the theatres since, so quality was not the deciding factor and neither was saleability because Farhan Akhtars star has been on the ascendant both as director and actor, ever since Dil Chahta Hain and Rock On hit the screens. ...Read full review