Mumbai: A truly International collaboration, 'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,' directed by Ken Scott and starring Indian actor Dhanush, rolled in Mumbai this week.
The film is based on The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an IKEA wardrobe by Romain Puertolas.
The shooting has commenced earlier this month and is expected to be shot in Mumbai (India), Brussels (Belgium), Rome (Italy) and Paris (France).
Speaking about the film, actor Dhanush says, “So happy to be a part of this film with collaborators from 3 continents, looking forward to an extraordinary journey ahead”.
Producer Luc Bossi of Brio Films says, 'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir' is also an out of the ordinary production adventure, creating through its producers, locations and talent a unique bridge between India, Europe and Hollywood. Its cast reunites actors from more than 15 countries and an International Indo-French-Belgian-Italian crew with a common passion and goal to tell a universal story full of laughs and emotions.”
Adds Aditi Anand of Little Red Car Films, “What an incredible experience to be working with a power packed crew and cast chalk full of talent. Couldn't have asked for more!”
Taking the enthusiasm further, Director Ken Scott adds, "I'm super excited to be working with Dhanush who is so talented and great great great to work with”.
Starring the inimitable Dhanush in the titular role of the 'Fakir', 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 destination is all set to change his journey.
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.
Other than Dhanush who shot to fame internationally with his single ‘Why this Kolaveri' and has been hugely appreciated in films like 'Raanjhanaa', 'Shamitabh' and more, 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') amongst others.
The film has music by Nicolas Errera, while Amit Trivedi has also composed two Hindi songs in the film. Vincent Mathias is the DOP, and the production design is by Alain-Pascal Housiaux and Patrick Dechesne, costume design is by Valerie Ranchoux and Philippe Bourgueil will be editing the film.
The film is 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. The screenplay of the film is by Puertolas and Luc Bossi (Brio films) and has a conglomeration of production houses from 3 different continents.