The Fakir Of Venice Movie Review 2019: Drowns In Outdatedness

The Fakir Of Venice Movie Review 2019: Drowns In Outdatedness

CRITIC'S RATING    1.5/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    0.0/5
Movie Name
The Fakir Of Venice
DIRECTION
Anand Surapur
GENRE
Comedy, Drama
DURATION
01 hours 38 minutes

The Fakir Of Venice Review


Two pieces of trivia to understand why the film was made and why it looks the way it does.


One, this could well have been Farhan Akhtar's debut film as Fakir Of Venice was the first film he signed and shot for as an actor. It, therefore, accounts for looking so tiringly obsolete.


Two, the subject is loosely based on director Homi Adjania's experiences where he was considered a Mr. Fix-it. As a production guy, he could arrange for and cater to the most improbable demands. He once managed to take an unemployed building painter to be part of an art installation in Venice. That's why Homi is given due credit in the titles. But that's also why the story seems implausible because immigration and visa laws have undergone such a vast change in recent times.


Adi (Farhan Akhtar) is a production coordinator who manages the impossible including smuggling a monkey across the border for an ad shoot. He's next asked to provide a sadhu who can do a head-stand with his head buried in the sand, the picture of exotic India that foreigners have, for an art exhibition.


Wanting to collect money to do a course in a film school in the USA, Adi sets out to find a sadhu who fits the bill. To his surprise, his search ends with building painter Sattar (Anu Kapoor) who used to do this stunt as a child for a living. But the journey with Sattar who's got a drinking problem is fraught with hiccups. And inevitably ends up as a self-discovery trip for Adi.


Director Anand Surapur manages to have a handful of interesting moments to start off with but after half-time, even at the screen time of approximately 100 minutes seems way too long. Crisper editing would have helped it to some extent.


Despite this being his debut film, Farhan is confident and comfortable in front of the camera though the role doesn't really demand histrionics. Anu Kapoor as Sattar who masquerades as the fakir once again proves what a fine actor he is with a medley of expressions. Vulnerable, confused, scared, and yes, even when he's drunk to the gills.


Surapur takes too many liberties with his story-telling forcing the audience to wonder if the cast wasn't overstaying on a five-day visa.


AR Rahman embellishes the credit titles but nowhere is the maestro's touch evident.


Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.


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Analysis

    Direction
    2.5/5
  • Dialogues
    1.5/5
  • Story
    2.5/5
  • Music
    2/5
  • Screen Play
    1.5/5

The Verdict

For a hopelessly outdated film, The Fakir Of Venice gets a 1.5* rating.


 

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