Directed by Ken Scott (Starbuck, Delivery Man), The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a comedy that, along with the laughter, has a ton of ambition.
The narrative centers on Aja (Dhanush), a man who leaves India for a big adventure after his mother passes. Attempting to find a father he never knew, Aja instead stumbles onto an entirely different path after meeting a girl (Erin Moriarty) at an Ikea. This love at first sight has a huge hiccup, as fate once again puts Aja in an entirely different direction. The picture is based on the bestselling novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Caught In An Ikea Wardrobe.
The opening chapter of the film is set in Mumbai, but the narrative also takes place in England, Libya, France, Spain, and Italy. With so many set-ups, Scott made sure he focused on the most important element of the feature. “For me, working with so many different actors and shooting in so many different countries, it was important that I keep a tone and make sure that we are in the same movie from the beginning to the end,” said Scott, who cites Hal Ashby’s Being There as an inspiration for the narrative. “Yet I did want to make sure that each one of these cultures, each one of these actors had a huge influence on the ambience of the movie and the scenes that they were in.”
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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, co-starring Bérénice Bejo, is now playing in theaters.