National Award-winning actor Dhanush, had made a smashing debut in Bollywood with Raanjhanaa. Recently there was the trailer launch of his first international film The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir. He was just probably waiting for the right script. He has found one. He is doing one film soon. He will collaborate again with Aanand L Rai, who directed his Bollywood debut.
The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir, based on Romain Puértolas’s book, revolves around an Indian street magician’s journey to Paris where he finds himself in the middle of a crazy adventure. It was a great experience for Dhanush. He wanted to understand how things worked there, their take on filmmaking. He found this as a great opportunity to learn as much as possible. It was great meeting so many people from so many industries, different countries, cultures, food. It was fantastic and very fascinating.
He did not read the book that The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir was based on. He finished the film and he still hasn’t read the book. He is thinking of doing so soon.
Directed by Ken Scott, The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir will hit the theatres on June 21. It is Dhanush’s first foreign film. The film was launched in Mumbai. Along with the new English trailer, a Tamil version was also released. A Tamil version of the film, which is titled Pakkiri, will also hit the screens in Tamil Nadu for his ardent fans.
The film narrates the tale of Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush), who is a street magician in Mumbai, who is determined to go to Paris and find his father. But the journey takes him to a lot of other places in between, in this light-hearted comedy-drama.
Directed by Canadian filmmaker Ken Scott, The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir is based on the book of the same name written by Romain Puertolas. Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, and Barkhad Abdi are other actors who are part of the star cast. The film has received favourable reviews from Spain and Spain loved both Dhanush and the film.
Other than the upcoming venture, Dhanush is currently busy with Vetrimaaran’s film Asuran, which has Manju Warrier in the lead role. After wrapping up the film, Dhanush will start his second directorial venture.
In the film ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’, Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush) doesn’t like to be poor. He manages to collect a handsome amount of money and flies to Paris with fake 100 Euros. While living in Mumbai slums, Ajatashatru, with his magic tricks, manages to collect a handsome amount of money and flies to Paris with fake 100 Euros. The journey gets interesting from here as while he appears to be living a good life in Paris and almost finds a girl (Erin Moriarty), he mistakenly is taken to England in a wardrobe. The confusion grows as he next lands in Spain and then Libya but continues to request the police to send him back to Paris.
Dhanush is convincing in the role of an aspirational ordinary man. He represents the whims and fancies of an immigrant well and brings humour to the Ken Scott directorial. Apart from Dhanush, the movie boasts of an impressive star cast including actors like Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi, Erin Moriarty and Abel Jafri. It has been shot across India, France, Italy and Libya.
The film is a fable about chance, karma, and free will. It is a cautionary tale about a young, ambitious Indian boy that grew up in a small neighbourhood in Mumbai who ends up travelling across Europe in a journey of self-discovery.
The movie has already released in France and has received positive reviews from the audience and critics alike. Dhanush impresses as a poor street magician in the film and he takes us along as he embarks on a crazy, colourful journey to Paris while taking several unexpected pit stops. The film promises to be an on-the-edge entertainer. Dhanush is projected as a person with innocent looks and genuine emotions. The tale of this fakir seems to have many more twists as a French girl falls head over heels in love with him, unaware of his real identity. Dhanush seems to steal the show in almost every frame.
The Tamil version of the film is titled Pakkiri and will cater to his fanbase in South India. The film is produced by Saurabh Gupta, Gulzar Singh Chahal and Aditi Anand among others. The comedy-adventure film was premiered at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in 2018 whereas its poster was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
After making waves on the international front, Dhanush’s Hollywood debut film, ‘The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir’ is back home and its trailer is sure to win your hearts. Finding himself in the midst of a crazy adventure he never bargained for. The film deals with the problems of refugees across the world but despite handling a rather sensitive subject, the film seems to be filled with light-hearted humour. The story of the film starts from India and travels to different places like Paris, London and Libya as the central character Ajatashatru Lavash Patel sets out on his journey. It touches upon the problems that many immigrants are facing worldwide.
The film has dealt with the issue of immigration in a very positive way in the film. It may or may not make a difference but that was not the only intention to make the film. Primarily, it is a film, a journey of Ajatashatru and how that is intertwined with global immigration.
A young actor who has worked extensively in the south Indian film industry, Dhanush is a National Award winning artiste who has made his mark with movies like Aadukalam, Kaaka Muttai and Visaranai. Collaborating with international actors has widened his vista. For him, it was a great experience of working with actors coming from different countries and (knowing) a different school of thought. He has observed a lot during the filming and learnt about their perspective on acting. Ken is an international director and his style is different from theirs. These things were a learning experience for me. He feels really fortunate to work with some of the global talents.
The film has travelled to some international film festivals already. Dhanush was pretty overwhelmed to see he has fans outside India and they liked the film. The film worked for them. The film makers went to some of the key markets where the audience appreciated the film.
Dhanush has also acted in Bollywood films like Raanjhanaa and Shamitabh. While fans would love to see more of him in Hindi films, he says, he just wants to be part of good scripts, good content and he is not really thinking of any region barrier or language for that matter. He is willing to explore stories from all the regions – whether it is Tamil, Hindi or English. What matters the most is if the story is compelling. When He reads a script, it is the relatability that matters to him. The impact creates the magic.
In fact, Ajatashatru Lavash Patel sets out on a journey to find his estranged father, but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure – from Paris to Italy to Spain and all over. Aja falls in love with a young American woman (Erin Moriarty) having an existential crisis, wakes up in a truck full of Somalian Refugees (Barkhad Abdi) headed for England, is held hostage in a bureaucratic war, sorts out the love life of a Movie Star (Berenice Bejo), gets shot at by a hitman in a Roman palace, travels by private jet, merchant ship and hot-air balloon, and becomes a rich man for the span of a few hours.
Dhanush is also a romantic lover in Extraordinary Journey of a Fakir song, Angrezi Luv Shuv. The first song from the film is out and it is a cute romantic number. Titled Angrezi Luv Shuv, the new song brings Dhanush and composer-singer Amit Trivedi together. While Amit has crooned the Hindi song, Dhanush has also sung the song in Tamil, titled Engleesu Lovesu. Madhan Karky has written the lyrics in Tamil and Anvita Dutt has penned the Hindi version. The track gives an insight into the journey of the protagonist, played by Dhanush, and his love story. The combination of the delightful music and catchy lyrics, Dhanush’s charm and an overall relatable vibe of a new relationship make this track a complete winner.
Director Ken Scott said finds India a store house of talent and he really enjoyed the process of working so closely with two amazing talents Dhanush and Amit on this song. While Dhanush became a national craze with his superhit single Kolaveri D, Amit has given music for films like Dev D, Manmarziyaan and Queen.