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The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir movie review: Dhanush has you smiling all through

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir movie review: Dhanush has you smiling all through in this simple sweet tale
The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir hits the screens tomorrow. Dhanush plays a young man Ajatshatru Lavash Patel who makes a whirlwind trip across the world to find answers to existential questions. Here’s our full review of the film…

 

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir releases tomorrow along with Kabir Singh. Dhanush’s film is an Indo-France-Belgium collaboration and tells the story of a young man Ajatshatru Lavash Patel who makes a whirlwind trip across the world with a series of adventures that help him find answers to existential questions. The film has a number of light moments and a subtext about life, dreams, imagination and of what truly matters.

What is it about…
Dhanush¬†plays Ajatshatru Lavash Patel who grows up in a slum in Worli. Raised by a single mother he grows up wondering about the existence of his father. He discovers that he was a French artiste. After his mom’s death, he decides to head to France to meet him. On his journey, he meets Marie, an American and falls instantly in love with her. His dream date with her gets thwarted due to circumstances and he begins an unbelievable journey that sees him interact with refugees, a female matinee idol and smugglers near Tripoli, Libya. Does he really make that unbelievable a journey and how does his story impact the hopeless is what it is about?

What is hot…
Dhanush leaves you smiling all through the film. He does the most unbelievable of scenes with cent percent conviction and flair. Charming, resourceful and dreamy, he brings to life Ajatshatru’s traits with a lot of love. Erin Moriarty is sparkling but her character does not contribute much to the story. Berenice Bejo is terrific as Nelly. Her scenes with Dhanush are a treat. She does fabulously in the Madari song and we can see that she has perfected her lip sync, which is great. Ken Scott tells a philosophical story without making it boring or preachy. The tale has humour, emotions, a bit of action and even a bit of Bollywood heroism. Songs like Madari and Angrezi Love Shuv are pleasant.

What is not…
There is very little to dislike about the film but it is too simple a tale. Also, the subtext of the scenes might be missed by the general audience. Some will find it incomprehensible but there is a twist that we won’t reveal.

BL Verdict
The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir is a sweet story with the magical realism of French films. It has a lovely message of how circumstances should not define an individual and the power of reading.

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