The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKen Scott
Written by
  • Romain Puertolas
  • Luc Bossi
  • Ken Scott
Based onThe Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
by Romain Puertolas
Produced by
  • Luc Bossi
  • Jon Goldman
  • Saurabh Gupta
  • Aditi Anand
  • Gulzar Chahal
  • Grégoire Lassalle
  • Genevieve Lemal
  • Jaime Mateus-Tique
Starring
CinematographyVincent Mathias AFC
Edited byYvann Thibaudeau
Music byNicolas Errèra
Amit Trivedi
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 30 May 2018 (2018-05-30) (France and Belgium)
  • 21 June 2019 (2019-06-21) (India)[1]
Running time
92 minutes
Countries
  • France
  • India
  • Belgium
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[2]
Box office$3.26 million[3]

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a 2018 adventure comedy film directed by Ken Scott and written by Scott, Romain Puertolas, and Luc Bossi. It is based on the French novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Puertolas. The film stars Dhanush in the lead role, with Bérénice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot, and Ben Miller as the supporting cast. The premise follows a street magician from Mumbai who embarks on a global journey to find his father. The film was shot in India, Belgium, France and Italy.[4]

The film released in France on 30 May 2018[5] and in India, USA, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia on 21 June 2019. It was released in 8 different languages; English, French, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Italian and Kannada.[1][6]

Plot[edit]

Ajatashatru "Aja" Lavash Patel (Dhanush), who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood, is a street magician and trickster who tricks people into believing that he possesses special magic powers. He narrates his story to three kids caught by police and are now going for a four year judicial custody.

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 whom he initially swindles, but 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 a ship heading to Tripoli, Libya. In the ship, he gets robbed the money he earned by selling the shirt on which he wrote an emotional incident from his childhood. In Libya, he meets a Somali man named Wiraj (Barkhad Abdi), an illegal immigrant whom he met on the way to London. Together with Wiraj and group of other friends he gets back the money. In the refugee camp where Wiraj lives, he distributes all the money to the people in the camp. He has just enough money for a fake passport and ticket to India. But before going to India he goes to Paris where he meets Marie, who is now dating another guy.

He comes back to India and starts working as a teacher in school. One day Marie comes to the school and tells Aja that she has left her fiance, and then they kiss. And with this he ends his story to the three kids. He then offers those kids to be pardoned for the four year custody if they attend Aja's school daily, which they agree to.

Just before the movie ends, one of Aja's colleagues asks "Was that a true story?" and Aja replies "Only the important parts.".

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was launched in January 2016 with Iranian director Marjane Satrapi and actors Dhanush, Uma Thurman, and Alexandra Daddario in the lead roles.[7] However, the director left the project and was replaced by Canadian director Ken Scott. Thurman's role was given to French actress Bérénice Bejo.[8] The filming began in May 2017 in Mumbai. In its first schedule the principal photography took place in India, Brussels, Paris and Rome.[4]

Release[edit]

The film trailer for Australia was launched in August 2018 by Icon Films Australia & New Zealand on YouTube.[9] 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.[10]

The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir released on 30 May 2018 in France.[5] The film was released in India, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore and Malaysia on 21 June 2019.[1] The film was also dubbed in Tamil as Pakkiri benefiting off Dhanush's popularity.[11] The makers had previously considered the title Vaazhkaiyai Thedi Naanum Poren for the dubbed version.[12][13] The film was made available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Soundtrack[edit]

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
Soundtrack album by
Recorded2019
StudioA T Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length11:25
LanguageHindi
LabelZee Music Company
ProducerAmit Trivedi
Amit Trivedi chronology
India's Most Wanted
(2019)
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
(2019)
Mission Mangal
(2019)

The music of the songs is composed by Amit Trivedi, with lyrics by Anvita Dutt. The chorus singers are Rajiv Sundaresan and Suhas Sawant in the song "Madaari". The Zee Music Company holds the right.[14]

English Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Angrezi Luv Shuv"Anvita DuttAmit Trivedi, Jonita Gandhi3:39
2."Madaari"Anvita DuttVishal Dadlani, Nikhita Gandhi3:59
3."Maila Maila"Anvita DuttMame Khan, R Venkatraman3:37
Total length:11:25

All lyrics are written by Madhan Karky

Tamil Track listing[15]
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Maayabazaaru"Nikhita Gandhi, Benny Dayal2:53
2."Saalakaara"Anthony Daasan2:45
3."Engleesu Lovesu"Dhanush, Jonita Gandhi2:32
Total length:07:30

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won two international awards: in 2018 it won in Norwegian International Film Festival the Ray of Sunshine Award[16] and in 2019 in Barcelona Sant-Jordi International Film Festival, it won an award for Best Comedy.[17]

Year Award Category Outcome Ref.
2018 Norwegian International Film Festival Ray of Sunshine Award Won [16]
2019 Barcelona Sant-Jordi International Film Festival Best Comedy Won [17]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 60% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10. The critics consensus reads, "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is undermined by its mawkish indulgences, but Dhanush's charming central performance is difficult to resist."[18] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 8 critics.[19]

The New York Times stated that the film is "a bustling, whimsical voyage.”[20]

Box office[edit]

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir fared poorly at the box office, grossing $3.26 million against a $20 million budget.[3]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir | Official trailer | Dhanush | Ken Scott | 21 June 2019". YouTube. Zee Music Company. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  11. ^ Suganth, M. (20 June 2019). "Pakkiri Movie Review". Times of India. Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  12. ^ "தனுஷின் புதிய பாடலிவுட் படம் 'பக்கிரி' ஜூன் 21ல் ரிலீஸ்!" [Dhanush's new Bollywood film 'Bakhiri' releases on June 21!]. Samayam Tamil (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 19 February 2022. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Dhanush's The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir crosses million dollar milestone at French box office". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 18 July 2023. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Angrezi Luv Shuv – The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir | Dhanush | Amit Trivedi & Jonita Gandhi". YouTube. Zee Music Company. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Pakkiri (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". JioSaavn. 11 June 2019. Archived from the original on 31 July 2022. Retrieved 31 July 2022.
  16. ^ a b Times of India (13 September 2018). "Dhanush's 'The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir' wins international award". Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  17. ^ a b Times Now (3 May 2019). "Dhanush's The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir bags an international award". Archived from the original on 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  18. ^ "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Archived from the original on 11 June 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
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  20. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (20 June 2019). "'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir' Review: A Bustling, Whimsical Voyage". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 20 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

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