Film- The Fakir Of Venice
Directed by- Anand Surapur
Cast- Farhan Akhtar, Valentina Carnelutti, Annu Kapoor and Kamal Sidhu
Farhan Akhtar is splendidly in form as a bit of a jerk in his first acting assignment. He plays a production controller who can get a movie crew whatever they want-from a monkey who perform tricks to an exotic fakir who performs monkey tricks.
As long as he gets paid, Adi is fine to supply anything.
Monkey and monkey tricks are appropriately equated in the ferociously flawed original script (Rajesh Devraj). When a museum in Venice asks Adi to produce a fakir that can bury himself completely in the sand for hours, the narrative brings the crass tourist culture of peddling exotics to the West into play.
Annu Kapoor is the performing monkey in a stellar performance as the spaced alcoholic chawl dweller who desperately needs to make money.
Although the theme is one of exploitation at the most basic level, the plot moves in a mysteriously non-toxic way, creating empathy pockets between the two men with lingering equanimity. After the first half, everything comes apart with the storyteller’s hell-bent on finding a crisis and a climax to complete the quirky tale of the human “Bandar “and “Madaari. ”
Annu Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar effectively play off each other. But space is often crowded with humbug to maneuver their differences and conflicts. They are unlikely to be separated by class and culture and also by the fact that the more sophisticated the two men are so-and-so exploitative.
Sporty, Farhan plays with conviction the morally compromised go-getter. Annu Kapoor is magnificent as a reluctant monkey, while Jhilmil Hazarika leaves a lasting impression in a short role as Annu ‘s sister.
” Fakir Of Venice “builds its narrative pyramid on a solid basis of exploitative tourism. However, in the third act, the plot falls apart when a good-hearted local Italian woman (Valentina Carnelutti) intervenes to rescue the Fakir (with a tragic secret) and even falls in love with him.
If only the imaginative mind knew where to stop, it would be possible to prevent so many global calamities.