MUMBAI—A truly International collaboration, “The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir,” directed by Ken Scott and starring Dhanush, rolled in Mumbai this week. Produced by Brio Films, Vamonos Films, M! Capital Ventures, Little Red Car Films, Impact Films, Aurora Global Media Capital, Scope Pictures, TF1 Studio and Aleph Motion Pictures – all based out of France, Brussels, Belgium, New York and Singapore besides India – the film is based on “The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir Who Got Trapped in An IKEA Wardrobe” by Romain Puertolas.
The screenplay of the film is by Puertolas and Luc Bossi (Brio Films) and has a conglomeration of production houses from three continents. The shooting has commenced earlier this month and will be now shot in Mumbai, Brussels, Rome and Paris.
Producer-writer Bossi said, “This is also an out-of-the-ordinary production adventure, creating through its producers, locations, and talent a unique bridge between India, Europe, and Hollywood. The cast unites actors from more than 15 countries and an international Indo-French-Belgian-Italian crew with a common passion and goal: tell a universal story full of laughs and emotions.”
Said Dhanush, “I am so happy to be a part of this film with collaborators from three continents. I look forward to an extraordinary journey ahead.” Director Scott added, “I am super excited to be working with Dhanush, who is so talented and great, great, great to work with.”
“The incredible combination of an international best-selling book translated and sold in 36 countries across the globe, a successful Hollywood director, an international ensemble cast that has acted in previous Oscar winners, and an Indian superstar in the lead role is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” stated Samir Gupta of Impact Films.
The film, as the name suggests, marks an extraordinary journey in the life of Aja aka Ajatshatru (Dhanush). After the death of his mother, the Fakir takes on a journey to track down his father – a man he never knew. The quest takes him to Paris and soon, he realizes his destiny is all set to change. From falling in love to brushing shoulders with a Hollywood star to dodging hitmen and being held as a hostage in a bureaucratic war, the Fakir’s life goes hilariously awry the moment he steps into the Parisian soil, despite his best intentions.
The film also stars French actor Bérénice Bejo (known for the Oscar winner “The Artist”), American actor Erin Moriarty (last seen in “Blood Father” with Mel Gibson) and Somalian-American actor Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) among others.
The film has music by Nicolas Errera, while Amit Trivedi has also composed two Hindi songs. Vincent Mathias is the DOP, and the production design is by Alain-Pascal Housiaux and Patrick Dechesne. Costume design by Valerie Ranchoux and editing by Philippe Bourgueil will be other credits.