Filmmaker Ken Scott says he discovered a great actor while working with Indian artiste Dhanush for the film The Extraordinary journey of Fakir. “When I worked with Dhanush I discovered a great actor and an amazing personality, and it was a great experience during the Paris premiere and the press screenings to realize that the French audience and media felt the same about him, and experienced the same delight and sense of wonder watching Dhanush in our film as I had directing it,” Scott said in a statement.
The film received a standing ovation during its premiere in France in May. The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is based on a novel by Romain Puertolas titled The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe. It was shot in India, France, Italy and Libya.
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) May 15, 2018
In director Scott’s words, the film is a story of a young India who comes from Mumbai. “He knows nothing else but his neighbourhood.” According to Scott, working with actors from different cultural background was inspirational. 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.“
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir was initially supposed to be directed by acclaimed French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi but later went to Ken Scott for unknown reasons. “The world has become smaller now. The exposure is much wider… Go to any country, city or continent, they know Bollywood films. So, it’s really nice that means everyone is watching everything,” Dhanush had said recently.