Farhan Akhtar's actual debut film to release 9 years later; might be based on Homi Adajania
Farhan Akhtar was originally set to debut in The Fakir of Venice; but it faded into obscurity.
If fate had its way, Farhan Akhtar would have made his debut with an 2008 indie film called The Fakir of Venice instead of the musical Rock On!!
According to DNA, "An offbeat film, it would also mark the debut of director Anand Surapur, had it released then. However, with no definite plan for it, especially in India, it languished in obscurity for years. Rock On!! came and went."
Anand Surapur has also directed films like Noorie (2002) and Quick Gun Murugun: Misadventures of an Indian Cowboy (2009). Though the film hasn't been released in India yet; it has been doing the rounds of various film festivals, like the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (2009). A Hollywood Reporter critic described Akhtar as being 'talented and handsome enough — and with looks that could translate into any number of ethnicities — to have a huge career ahead of him. '
The 2008 off-beat film is about two conmen who are hired to find a poor guy from India for an art project in Venice. Though there is no official confirmation about the release date of the film, the film's poster has been doing the rounds of social media, reports Hindustan Times.
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According to an earlier report by IANS, the film is based on the unusual life experiences of Homi Adajania, who has helmed films like Finding Fanny and Cocktail. The film also stars Annu Kapoor, Kamal Sidhu, Italian actress Valentina Carnelutti and German actor Mathieu Carriere.
While there is no official confirmation on the release date of the film, if The Fakir of Venice does release on 10 March (according to DNA's source), it will face tough competition from Karan Johar's Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
Farhan Akhtar says Rock On!! 2 is a "new story but with the same characters" from the original 2008 film.
The Rock On 2 teaser shows that the members of the grunge rock band Magik (Aditya, played by Farhan Akhtar, Joe, played by Arjun Rampal and KD, by Purab Kohli) have reunited, with some new members in the line-up (Shraddha Kapoor, Shashank Arora)
Can Rock On 2 live up to the expectations of the much loved original film?