The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir is all about Ajatshatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush) who grows up in a slum in Worli. Raised by a single mother, Siringh (Amruta Sant), he grows up wondering about the existence of his father and discovers that he was a French artist.
After his mother passes away, Ajatshatru Lavash Patel rustles up a flight ticket and with a fake 100 Eur note and a passport lands in Paris to meet his father.
In all of this, Ajatshatru meets Marie Riviere (Erin Moriarty) and for him, it's love at first sight. His dream date with Marie takes an unprecedented turn.
Ajatshatru mistakenly travels to London in a wardrobe with illegal immigrants and from there he is deported to Spain and then he lends in Rome hidden in a large suitcase on a chartered flight with an actress, Nelly (Berenice Bejo). Uff!! Too much fun!! What happens on this adventurous journey is what the film is all about.
One of the funniest passages in the film revolves around a British officer (Ben Miller) who breaks into song and dance to drive home a directive to the hero and other asylum seekers to leave England and head to Spain.
As far as the performances are concerned, this film belongs to Dhanush. He delivers an earnest performance as native Ajatshatru, who learns life the hard way. The film Journey mostly works thanks to Dhanush's radiant charm. The other actors do support him, but Dhanush owns every frame that he is in.
Adapted from a novel The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe, by the French bestseller writer Romain Puertolas and directed by a Canadian, Ken Scott, this French-Indian-Belgian coproduction is fun, it has a number of light moments and a subtext about life, dreams and imagination.
The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir is not a typical commercial film, but I am sure it will bring a smile to your face. Do catch this one.
Rating: Two And A Half