New Delhi: Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor's 'The Fakir of Venice' will now release in February instead of January 18. The makers have decided on the new date to avoid box office clashes with `Why Cheat India` and `Fraud Saiyyan` which too are supposed to release on the same date.
Speaking about the decision to release `The Fakir of Venice` in February, producer Puneet Desai said, "The Fakir of Venice is getting a strong response from all multiplexes and owing to the huge flow of films on 18th Jan and 25th Jan."
He further added, "Also `URI`, `TAPM` and `Simmba` occupying most screens, our multiplex partners have suggested that the film be moved to 1st February for a justifiable release for this Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor and A R Rahman enterprise."
`The Fakir of Venice`, however, is not new to being postponed. What was supposed to launch Farhan Akhtar as an actor in Bollywood a decade back, has been postponed quite a few times already. Speaking about whether the film still holds relevance after such a long delay, Desai said the film, based on a real-life incident in noted Director Homi Adajaina`s life is about human emotions and how one behaves and deals with people in various situations. According to Desai, the subject makes it an evergreen watch.
Elucidating further on why the film should be a must watch, Desai further added, "It`s directed by Anand Surapur who has shot more than 300 AD films and over a dozen super hit music videos. Everyone thought that his work is always ahead of time and quite different and quirky. His 1st feature film `Quick Gun Murugun` also went ahead to be globally acclaimed cinema."
The film was presented as Opening Night Film on April 2009 at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles but is yet to see a commercial release. The music for the film is composed by Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman.