This movie is an adaptation of a French novel and is produced by a number of production companies domestic and overseas. Directed by Ken Scot, the movie has Dhanush playing the Fakir.
The movie begins off quite interestingly but as it takes “flight” literally it gets fanciful, outlandish and forced. Despite trotting the globe the story fails to enthuse, entertain or inspire. Touted as a comedy, the thrifty humour most of the time is infantile and in some cases borders on being puerile. The lack of a strong script is evident and an erratic screenplay compounds the problems much more.
Very rarely would you see Dhanush being out of sorts and Dhanush here looks totally out of place. Intimidated? Overawed? Whatever the reason, Dhanush makes watching this film much more difficult. Hearty Singh and Amruta Sant steal the show. In fact it is Hearty Singh who provides some genuine laughs. There are others who play their parts adequately in small roles written for them.
Vincent Mathais’s cinematography is decent. Nicolas and Amit Trivedi try to excite with their background score. The one song is peppy. Dialogues are very average. Direction is ordinary.
THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR could have been a better journey had it had more laughs and some real magic. But then it ends up as a futile attempt at trying to convey the message of “Karma” with hardly any inspiration.
THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR – FRUITLESS !!