Directed by: Ken Scott
Starring: Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Release date: 21 June 2019
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Ajatashatru Lavash Patel has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood tricking people with street magic and performing as a ‘fakir’ who can do impossible miracles. After his mother’s untimely death, he sets out on a journey to find his father and rise from poverty.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a 2018 French English-language comedy-adventure film directed by Ken Scott and starring Dhanush. It is based on a novel by Romain Puertolas titled The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe. The film was shot in India, Brussels, Paris and Rome. The film released on May 30, 2018 in France. It is releasing in India, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore and Malaysia on 21 June 2019.
The film won two international awards: In 2018 it won in Norwegian International Film Festival the Ray of Sunshine Award and in 2019 in Barcelona Sant-Jordi International Film Festival, it won an award for best comedy.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir: Plot
Ajatashatru “Aja” Lavash Patel (Dhanush), who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood, is a street magician and trickster who makes people into believing that he possesses special magic powers. After his mother’s untimely death, he sets off on a journey to find his estranged father in Paris with a fake EUR 100 note. There, he meets a woman named Marie Riviere (Erin Moriarty) in a furniture store who is quickly attracted to her personality. Aja then experiences a series of wide-ranging adventures around the world, initially in an IKEA wardrobe to London, England, then a Louis Vuitton suitcase to Rome, Italy, and a hot air balloon to Tripoli, Libya, while being pursued by Parisian taxi-driver Gustave Palourde (Gérard Jugnot), whom he swindled out of a cab fare back in Paris. Along the way, he befriends a Sudanese man named Wiraj (Barkhad Abdi), an illegal immigrant whom he met on the way to London.
The filming began in May 2017 in Mumbai. In its first schedule the principal photography took place in India, Brussels, Paris and Rome.
The film trailer for Australia was launched in August 2018 by Icon Films Australia & New Zealand on YouTube. For release in India the official trailer was launched on 3 June 2019 by Zee Music Company. It fetched more than 5 million views since its release on YouTube.
The music of the songs is composed by Amit Trivedi, with lyrics by Anvita Dutt. The Zee Music Company holds the right.