the extraordinary journey of the fakir
DIRECTOR: ken scott (delivery man, unfinished business)
starring: Ajatashatru Lavash Patel, Gerard Jugnot, Barkhad Abdi, and Erin Moriarty
REVIEWER: emily carter
After his mother’s death, a young fakir from the streets of Rajasthan, Aja, leaves India for France to track down the father he never knew. From the moment he arrives in Paris, nothing goes as planned.
A long and little known title shouldn't put you off this buried treasure! The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a sweet, unique and slightly far-fetched tale that makes for an entertaining watch.
Before stepping into the theatre, I watched the trailer of this film and my first impressions were less-than-impressive. It looked a little too fictional and disjointed, even dream-like and Alice-in-Wonderlandish (almost). But please, please don't let this put you off. The film in its entirety is charming and creates a story that's just the right mix of fantasy and realism.
Dhanush (Ajatashatru Lavash Patel) was raised by his single mother in a small Mumbai neighbourhood, As a child he makes money by tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. As he grows up, his mother is always talking about taking him to Paris - a place that seems like it's worlds away from Mumbai. Dhanush then sets out on a journey to find his estranged father - a trip that quickly becomes a wild adventure filled with quirky characters.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is able to combine comedy scenes, along with snapshots of the more heart-breaking story of Dhanush. I have however heard that the film is not true to it's book-version, but it was beautiful on its own merit nonetheless.
Prepare yourself for an unlikely adventure with The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir.