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Fakir of Venice trailer: What are Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor digging their hands into?


The film, made in 2008, is said to be based on a true story involving a conman who could dig himself in sand.

Mayur Lookhar

The Fakir Of Venice trailer was quietly launched four days ago, but surprisingly not even Farhan Akhtar tweeted about it.  

Fakir of Venice was made in 2008 and was meant to be Akhtar's debut as an actor. Nine years on, the film is set to be released this year.  

The near two-minute trailer tells the story of Adi Contractor, a jack of all trades, who is hired to find a bizarre fakir (ascetic who lives solely on alms) who can bury himself into sand. Now, only the Italian gallery that seeks such a fakir can explain the rationale behind this bizarre request.

Adi Contractor discovers Abdul Sattar Shaikh, a nobody who makes his daily bread digging himself in the sand at Mumbai's famous Juhu beach. Adi Contractor takes Shaikh all the way to Venice, Italy but soon learns that the man is not what he perceived him to be. The film carries the tagline 'Watch the con unfold from Mumbai to Venice'. Clearly, there is more to Adi Contractor and Shaikh than it meets the eye.

The trailer is enough to suggest that Annu Kapoor is going to be the heart and the soul of the film. Kapoor gets into the skin of his character perfectly.  

Director Anand Surapur has an intriguing tale to tell. The trailer doesn’t give much away about the film, thereby keeping the suspense factor intact.

The film was first made in 2008 and screened at the annual Indian Los Angeles Film Festival. With the trailer out now, fans will be eagerly awaiting to see the film. The release date is yet to be announced.

Watch the trailer below: