The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir


Comedy / Drama

IMDb Rating 7 10 3,330


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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dromasca 5 / 10 / 10

Bollywood, refugees, and European trip movie

The intentions are good, the combination of styles is interesting, but the result is disappointing. Bringing to screen a novel by French author Romain Puértolas ,'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir', directed by Ken Scott tells the story of an Indian conman whose dream to travel to Europe comes true, only to be mistaken for one of the millions of refugees trying to find a place under the European skies. Bollywood meets French literature meets European road movies meets refugees drama meets Hollywood. It's a mix that works only to some point. What I liked. The mix of innocence and bravura of the hero is well served by the acting of Dhanush. Cultural differences are treated with a light comical touch and some of them succeed beyond the stereotypes. The funniest scene that takes place in the immigration office at the English airport and it's gorgeous, combining music and dance in a way that reminds Bollywood but also the Hollywood musicals. The way the European prejudices towards people whom they suspect are refugees because they look different makes its point without being too obvious or insistent. And 'a real fake passport' is a bright line. What I liked less. The use of off-screen voice is excessive and pretentious. True, the film brings to screen a novel, but there are better ways to do it than have the character read text. The way the refugees and their dramas are presented is schematic. The romantic story is not credible - not in the way it starts and especially not in the way it ends. 'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir' tries to make its audiences feel well while dealing with serious topics. For me, at some moments it succeeded, at other it was boring. With less caution and more sharpness in the comical approach it could have been a better film. As it stands it belongs to the category 'only if you have nothing else better to do'.

Reviewed by pencilero 5 / 10 / 10

Its a beautiful journey from India to paris!

Did not read the book but by the looks of it, the movie is soothing to watch. pretty much touched all the emotions I have! it's a no brainer! Very much colorful and very much a live movie! I recommend to watch it. You will have a good refreshment!

Reviewed by hilaryswank2011 5 / 10 / 10

Avoidance of Rooting Causes of Refugees, Bollywood meets Hollywood via this feature length IKEA CF

Dir.Ken Scott (1970-) is not an Indian director but he is a Canadian director who tried to make this eclectic IKEA film for both Bollywood and Hollywood. And the result is mediocre. The protagonist Ajatashatru "Aja" Lavash Patel is a fake magician, he is rather a thief in some way. One day Aja wants to go to Paris after the death of his own mother Siringh to find their estranged father over there. When Aja gets trapped in IKEA wardrobe, this strange journey of Aja begins like the one in The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (1924). There are many script weak points in this film. The accidental love romance with the US girl Marie Riviere is too depended on a miracle. Does it easy to get a such kind of girl in IKEA in a few lines? It must be fictional reality of commercial film of IKEA! Get a beautiful middle class US girl who works for international consulting company in Paris? It is a miracle for poor men. Poor Bollywood character who represents ''wanna be Bourgeoisie'' dream falls in love with the rich Hollywood character is a romantic and miracle structure of this feature length IKEA commercial film. Individualism in capitalist society is ''wanna be Bourgeoisie'' dream. Bourgeoisie's individualist dream of miraculous encounters are this film's ideological features. The most typical propaganda=commercial aspect of this film is avoidance of rooting causes of refugees, especially in Libya. This film just only depicts how bureaucrats of UK and Spanish are avoiding seriousness of the tidal wave of refugees from Africa and Middle East where their NATO and US allies had bombed for decades for their own sakes. It does only depict some funny diplomatic and migrational games among NATO nations on refugee issues. However it completely avoids the rooting causes for this tidal wave of refugees from Libya. Aja just donates poor Libyan refugees who tell him their individualist dreams until his illegally gained EURs runout. This can not solve any rooting causes. It just selling ''wanna be Bourgeoisie'' dreams blindly. This proves the limitation in commercial driven film like this kind of IKEA feature commercial film which exploits the poor. This is far from decent Indian film master pieces which recently made. For instance, the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011) successfully had turned his poor country into the one where people enjoying the same high living standard with EU in Africa. However US-backed/ France-led NATO military interventions in the Libyan civil war caused the assassination of Gaddafi in 2011. That was a typical US regime change operation as a whole. You can see the comparison between Gaddafi era and post Gaddafi era in Libyan lives below. GDP per capita was USD$29,000(PPP basis) It is currently USD$11,000(PPP), more than a double drop in living standards. healthcare for Libyans were free, but now it is estimated that 2.5 million Libyans are in need of healthcare subsidies. Education was free and Illiteracy rate was 20%, but now 600 schools are closed and 270,000 Libyan youngsters have no school to attend. Sectarian violence were unheard of. Now there were tensions among all major clans And Just recently, a pet monkey attack on a schoolgirl sparks deadly clashes between clans which leave 20 dead. Household electricity was free and generous subsidies were given for weddings, housing and car purchase. Now Libyans have to pay full price for everything. It is obvious that implanting ''wanna be Bourgeoisie'' dream is the nature of commercial filmmaking and its limitless is its blindness against rooting causes of social tragedies like tidal wave of refugees from Africa and Middle East where imperialist countries like NATO invaded and colonised. A true artistic cinema should depict the political truth behind these international tragedies.

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