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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is undermined by its mawkish indulgences, but Dhanush's charming central performance is difficult to resist.

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After his mother's death, a young fakir from the streets of Mumbai, AJATASHATRU or 'AJA' ("Dhanush"), leaves India for France to track down the father he never knew. From the moment he arrives in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Aja falls in love with a young American woman ("Erin Moriarty") having an existential crisis, wakes up in a truck full of Somalian Refugees ("Barkhad Abdi") headed for England, is held hostage in a bureaucratic war, sorts out the love life of a Movie Star ("Berenice Bejo"), gets shot at by a hitman in a Roman palace, travels by private jet, merchant ship and hot-air balloon, and becomes a rich man for the span of a few hours. As Aja finds himself helplessly shipped from Folkestone to Barcelona, and from Rome to Tripoli, what was initially supposed to be a simple visit to Paris to discover his father's identity turns into a veritable odyssey.

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Cast

Dhanush
as Ajatashatru
Seema Biswas
as Actrice
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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

The comic-romantic adventure "The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir" takes a winding path, but the trip is pleasant enough.

June 20, 2019 | Full Review…

An exercise in naive commentary and globe-trotting magical realism, the film dares viewers to take it seriously.

June 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Its relentless earnestness is tough to resist, even as the film sugarcoats intimations of real danger.

June 20, 2019 | Full Review…

A winsome if all-too-saccharine migration adventure.

June 5, 2018 | Full Review…

What follows is a mostly dull journey, brightened only by the occasional eccentric interlude and a few sharp jabs at how governments choose to deal (and not deal) with illegal immigrants.

May 12, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The wildly uneven result winds up nauseatingly genial/sappy, despite boasting a charming lead and some inspired sequences.

July 2, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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