The Fakir of Venice

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The Fakir of Venice
The Fakir of Venice - Poster.jpg
Directed byAnand Surapur
Produced byPunit Desai
Anand Surapur
Screenplay byRajesh Devraj
Story byHomi Adajania
StarringFarhan Akhtar
Annu Kapoor
Kamal Sidhu
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyDeepti Gupta
Preetha Jayaraman
Bakul Sharma
Edited byBunty Nagi
October Films
Phat Phish Motion Pictures
Distributed byPhat Phish Motion Pictures
Release date
  • April 2009 (2009-04) (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)
  • 8 February 2019 (2019-02-08)
Running time
98 mins[1]
Box officeest. 0.20 crore[2]

The Fakir of Venice is a 2019 Hindi-language comedy drama film directed by Anand Surapur. The film stars Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor and Kamal Sidhu in the lead roles and is written by Rajesh Devraj with a story from Homi Adajania. It was presented as Opening Night Film in April 2009 at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. It was released on 8 February 2019, 10 years after its premier.[3] The film's release was halted for ten years due to production related issues and was Akhtar's first acting role.[4] The music is composed by A. R. Rahman.[5]



Songs and the background score for the film have been composed by A.R.Rahman.[6]

The Fakir of Venice
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelOctober Films
ProducerA. R. Rahman
1."Wako Naam Fakir"Sant KabirA. R. Rahman, Arjun Chandy & Abhay Jodhpurkar03:28
2."Fakir"Sant KabirShreya Ghoshal04:01

Marketing and release[edit]

The official trailer of the film was launched on 2 January 2019.[7]


The film was scheduled to released on 1 February 2019, ten years after its premier at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2009. The film was released on 8 February 2019.


Critical response[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews. Isha Arora of TIMC giving seven stars out of ten to the film says "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."[8] Reza Noorani of The Times of India rates the film two and half out of five stars and writes "While the first half meanders and stretches on, it is in the second half when the film finds its groove. At 1 hour and 38 minutes, the film still feels a bit long. Had the makers worked on the screenplay and made it a tad more complex, it would have been a great film on how, people from different classes, connect with each other and posed bigger questions on mortality and the nature of death. But it falls short of that and ends up being a weak, sideshow at some European art fair.""[9]


  1. ^ "The Fakir of Venice lacks the thrill of a con job done right". The Hindu. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Alita Battle Angel, Amavas & The Fakir of Venice 1st Day Box Office Collection from India". Box Office collection. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ "The Fakir of Venice trailer: Only Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor can make a con story this hilarious – watch video". Zoom TV. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "'The Fakir of Venice' trailer: Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor team up to con the art world". 4 January 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Basu, Nilanjana (4 January 2019). "The Fakir Of Venice Trailer: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor's Hilarious 'Con'coction Has A Twist". NDTV. Retrieved 4 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "A R Rahman: I feel the desire to give back". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "The Fakir Of Venice - Official Trailer". Times of India. 2 January 2019.
  8. ^ "The Fakir of Venice Movie Review: Not your typical Bollywood flick!". The India Movie Channel. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  9. ^ "THE FAKIR OF VENICE MOVIE REVIEW | TIMES OF INDIA". Times of India. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.

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