THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR movie review is here. International debut of south star Dhanush, the movie is helmed by Ken Scott and it’s French, Indian, Belgian co-production based on a novel by Romain Puertolas titled “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe”. So how is Dhanush’s international debut?. Let’s find out in the review of THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR.
Immediate reaction when the end credit rolls
What happens when someone tries to please everybody and ends with nobody?, ‘Fakiri’ (misery sets in).
The Story of THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR
Based on a novel by Romain Puertolas, the movie is a story of a street artist from Mumbai Ajatashatru (Dhanush) who lands in Paris to find his missing father to fulfil his deceased mother’s lifelong dream. Ajatashatru is a street smart magician who hoodwinks firangis and keeps talking about chance. Anyways, this Mumbai charmer in his quest to find his father in Paris embarks on a adventure of Europe – England, Spain, France and meets a charming Marie (Erin Moriarty) in Paris and THE ARTISTE fame Nelly (Berenice Bejo) as well. Apart from the charming ladies with whom he gracefully shakes his legs, our dear Ajatashatru has an encounter with immigrants, asylum seekers, sea bandits etc.
The name of the novel by Romain Puertolas is “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe” and the adaptation by Ken Scott (STAR BUCKS, STICKY FINGERS) is set on preoccupied notions about India. Its locked in its cliché typecasting and its unreasonably ambitious in its dream to make a global adventure promoting Paris, France and England. It could have been a tremendous story about an Indian who embarks on a journey around the world and changes the mind-set worldwide about the country and its people. But here the 100 minutes are bizarre collection of a coming of age saga that undergoes the cliché of a rom com, a Roman Holiday type adventure, A comical take on immigrants and a woman’s dilemma about her sexual orientation.
Yes, the infectious charm of Dhanush and his dance with Berenice Bejo that’s worth a whistle.
This Indo- French, Belgian co-production helmed by a French-Canadian director with a popular Indian star down south like Dhanush is a waste of resources that has everything you can have in a feel good escapist cinema. Romance, adventure, magic, Bollywood, western musicals and locations but beautiful locations should have a beautiful story to say, the movie which is rich enough to explore all the possibilities, is a ‘fakir’ (pauper) in its ability to crack a good intriguing story.