Anand Surapur’s The Fakir Of Venice which was meant to be Farhan Akhtar’s acting debut and which features Anu Kapoor in the title role was to be released in 2009. It is now being released 10 years later on February 1 .
Surprisingly the time lapse has not made a difference to Farhan’s look at all. He looks almost exactly the same now as he did when the film was made.
Says Farhan, “I don’t look at myself in the mirror.Or even in my films. But yes, being naturally lean in frame helps your metabolism.”
Says a source, “Farhan is not promoting the film , as it would be unethical to recommend a film that has come ten years too late. But he’s is not opposed to the film’s release as it still has a certain freshness to it. Farhan and Anu Kapoor make an entertaining twosome in this story of two imposters and their adventures in Venice.”
To go back to the time of the film’s making, The Fakir Of Venice directed by Anand Aurapur was designed as Farhan’s acting debut. But when its release got delayed Farhan signed Rock On with director Abhishek Kapoor, and the rest is history
The Hollywood Reporter in its review of the film in 2009 had written, “(Farhan) Akhtar, a producer, director and writer making his film debut here as an actor, is talented and handsome enough — and with looks that could translate into any number of ethnicities — to have a huge career ahead of him.(Anu) Kapoor is a veteran actor who delivers a brilliant performance as a humble but determined man whose motives remain secret until the climax.”
It remains to be seen how The Fakir Of Venice performs at the Indian boxoffice since the film was purposely designed for an international audience.