The Fakir Of Venice Reviews (Top Critics)
By Umesh Punwani (2.5/5)

Adi Contractor (Farhan Akhtar), a man with weird jobs, is seen smuggling a Monkey for a Hollywood film crew across the border. He's the man people look at to achieve their outlandish needs like requiring a Pink Elephant. He gets connected to an Italian museum who are looking for a Fakir (a Holy man) from India. They want a Fakir who can bury himself in the sand for a 7-day exhibition happening in their gallery. Ari tries to look out for one in Benaras but fails to find someone of his standards.

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By Bollywood Hungama (2/5)

THE FAKIR OF VENICE is the story of an Indian fixer who has a life-changing experience. Adi Contractor (Farhan Akhtar) works in films as the production controller. His job is to ensure that the bizarre demands of the producers are met. He once manages to get a monkey from China as per the requirement of an urgent film shoot in the Himalayas near the border on the Indian side! He is based in Mumbai where his ex-girlfriend Mandira (Kamal Sidhu) and her colleague Avantika (Sushma Prakash) ask him to meet the requirement of a reputed art gallery in Venice.

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By Priyanka Sinha Jha (2/5)

There are films that have a backstory, which is a lot more exciting than the film itself. The Fakir of Venice, directed by Anand Surapur, which was actually supposed to be Farhan Akhtar's debut film as an actor, is one such! The film has taken 14 long years from conception to reach the theatres. But there is more beguiling trivia in store- director Homi Adajania (of Being Cyrus, Cocktail and Finding Fanny fame) still hadn't made a debut at the time.

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By Nandini Ramnath (1.5/5)

The Fakir of Venice has promise that it doesn't deliver on, just like the hybrid Indian film type that it represents. Anand Surapur's directorial debut, made in 2009 and released a whole decade later, brings up the tail of a series of movies made by Mumbai directors from the advertising and music video industries.

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The Times Of India
By Reza Noorani (2.5/5)

Adi Merchant (Farhan Akhtar), a hustler from Mumbai is hired by a Venetian artist to find a fakir for an art installation in Venice. He cons the art fraternity and hires a daily wage labourer Sattar (Annu Kapoor) instead and the two have the most unique time of their lives in the picturesque European city.

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By Urvi Parikh (2.5/5)

Adi Merchant (Farhan) is a hustler in Mumbai. He works on assignments by providing whatever is asked for. This time, he is told to arrange for a 'Fakir from India' who would become an 'object' in a Venetian artist's art installation. Adi hires a daily wage labourer Sattar (Annu Kapoor), and the two become a unique attraction in Venice. What follows forms the crux of the film.

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We all tell stories for a reason, and, while some of us may also nurse a secret desire to look for an easy way out and make everyone buy these stories, the lure of the filthy lucre too is undeniably linked to the yarn. Supposedly based on a true story, director Anand Surapur and writer Rajesh Devraj have spun a narrative in Fakir of Venice that would probably have worked well in the 1960s when little was known about the distant foreign land of India and all the exotica that it represented.

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Hindustan Times
By Jyoti Sharma Bawa (1/5)

The Fakir of Venice has history, and not the kind films like to brag about. From the time it was born as a film to when rolled into a multiplex near you this Friday, 14 years have elapsed. Back in 2005, we were still listening to music on iPods, able to breathe on Delhi roads and knew Donald Trump as That guy on The Apprentice.

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By Saibal Chatterjee (2/5)

A few minutes into The Fakir Of Venice, the protagonist-narrator Adi Contractor (Farhan Akhtar in what was his first lead role) lands in the fabled Italian city in the company of a fake fakir, an alcoholic, middle-aged construction worker from a Mumbai slum. Adi introduces the befuddled poseur to an equally mendacious art curator in Venice as a man "from another dimension." Needless to say, he hardly looks the part. The film that these three characters are in is, on its part, from another decade. It looks every bit as dated.

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