Kollywood superstar Dhanush has shared the first poster of his Hollywood debut The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir. The film is an English-French comedy-drama directed by Ken Scott and is based on a bestseller book The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe. In the poster, he is seen wearing a colorful Rajasthani headgear.
The movie also features French actress Berenice Bejo, Somalian-American actor Barkhad Abdi, American actress Erin Moriarty, Gérard Jugnot and Abel Jafri. In director Scott's words, working with actors from different cultural background was inspirational. The film is a story of Ajatashatru Lavash Patel, a young street magician who comes from Mumbai. "He knows nothing else but his neighbourhood," Scott said.
“Something in the story makes the movie look like a fable, so we wanted ‘Fakir’ to be very entertaining and adventurous,” Scott added.
Sharing his experience in a video, Scott said, "I fell in love with the project. Working with Dhanush and other actors from so many different cultures was truly inspiring. We shot in different countries -- India, Italy, France, Libya. We wanted to impact these different countries to the main character. Very simply what I tried to do is to get the best out of each actor to find the right balance of drama and comedy."
During an interaction with the Variety magazine, Ken Scott said, “What’s great is I get to work with a great actor, Dhanush, who is a huge star in India, he’s a great actor, but also a great dancer, a great singer, he has a unique way of dancing and moving, he’s just very charming.”
Talking about his first Hollywood project, Dhanush told IANS, “It’s God’s grace that I landed this offer. Although I have been offered three Hollywood projects, the script of this one really convinced me to sign it. It’s a very strong role. I play a character called Ajatashatru, a street magician. I believe what you spread out comes back seeking you. It’s such a positive film and it’s all about spreading positivity.”
Dhanush's "first English film" is set to release on May 30, 2018. The film will be released in India in three languages English, Hindi and Tamil.