Uma Thurman, Gemma Arterton and Laurent Lafitte were initially to be filmed by Marjane Satrapi between India, France and Italy. It is finally Ken Scott, the director of Starbuck, who is in charge of this successful comedy with Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo and Gérard Jugnot.
The extraordinary journey of the fakir will air for the first time in the clear, tonight on 6ter. This Franco-Indian co-production directed by Ken Scott (at the helm of the excellent Quebec comedy Starbuck, which was remake in France with José Garcia) offers a golden role to Dhanush, Tamil actor who is at the heart of this adaptation of the best-seller by Romain Puertolas (more than 300,000 copies sold since its publication in 2013) entitled The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got stuck in an Ikea cabinet. When it was released in May 2018, First had been charmed by this “feel good movie”, which tells the “mischievous trick of fate, which sends Ajatashatru, a fakir from New Delhi to France. He immediately falls in love with a Parisian. Accidentally expelled from the country in the company of illegal Africans then carried around to the four corners of Europe, the magician must do the impossible to find the one who won his heart. “
Here is our review: “How does a sympathetic street con artist get stuck in an Ikea cupboard? And how does he find himself wandering all over Europe, sharing the plight of illegal migrants and learning a life lesson from them If Le Voyage du fakir succeeds in exceeding its status as a marshmallow feel good movie à la Jean-Pierre Jeunet, it is thanks to its hero played by Dhanush, a Tamil cinema superstar endowed with a bewildering charm. film about his patter. We would follow him anywhere, even in a closet. “
Originally, the film was also to carry this extended title, to be directed by Marjane Satrapi and carried by Gemma Arterton, (already in The Voices, by the same director), Uma Thurman (pulp Fiction), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Seema Biswas (The queen of bandits), Abel Jafri (Timbuktu), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and Laurent Lafitte (Mom or dad). At the start of 2016, it was planned to shoot it during the summer between Paris, Rome, Jodhpur and Casablanca. The director specified to have collaborated directly with Romain Puertolas, the author of the novel, as well as with the writers Luc Bossi and Jon Goldman, to adapt “this story of love, magic and adventure that will take place on three continents. I like whimsical stories, I like to create worlds that don’t exist, I like to imagine things more beautiful than in life. ” If she was very enthusiastic, she finally left her place as director, and Bérénice Bejo replaced Uma Thurman in the role of the Frenchwoman that the fakir meets during her journey. The hexagonal star Gérard Jugnot was also cast, as well as the Italian Stefano Cassetti, the American Erin Moriarty and of the initial cast, only Tamil Dhanush and Somali Barkhad Abdi retained their roles. An international distribution for a result that puts you in a good mood: this is enough to spend a good evening in front of 6ter.
Trailer of The extraordinary journey of the Fakir :