MUMBAI—Getting a film cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has often been an uphill task for filmmakers, with films like “Udta Punjab,” “Haraamkhor,” “Lipstick Under My Burkha” and “Padmavati” (among Hindi films alone) bearing the brunt of CBFC’s scissors. However, the makers of the Farhan Akhtar-Annu Kapoor film “Fakir of Venice” were pleasantly surprised when the film was cleared with a U/A certificate.
“Fakir of Venice,” which was originally supposed to mark Akhtar’s acting debut (that is, before the 2008 “Rock On!!”) and was finally shown overseas in 2009, is based on the story of two men who try to con the European art world. Annu Kapoor plays a Muslim who poses as a ‘Baba’ and the makers of the film were worried if that might raise a red flag during the certification of the film.
But now that the film is all set to release on Jan. 5, the producers are planning to release two songs from the film soon. The new music has been composed by A.R. Rahman, and the film is loosely based on the real-life experiences of writer Homi Adajania. Written by Rajesh Devraj, the film has been directed by adman Anand Surapur and distributed by Yusuf Shaikh. Produced for October Films by Punit Desai with Surapur, the original composer is Sagar Desai.
Watch the film's trailer here.