The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is an upcoming English and French comedy-adventure film directed by Ken Scott and starring Dhanush. It is based on a novel by Romain Puertolas titled The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe.
Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush) lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighbourhood, is a street magician and trickster who makes people into believing he possesses special magic powers. After his mother’s untimely death, he sets off on a Journey to find his father in Paris with a fake EUR 100 note. There he meets a woman named Marie Riviere (Bérénice Bejo) whom he initially swindles, but is quickly attracted to her personality. Aja then experiences a series of wide-ranging adventures round the world, initially in an IKEA wardrobe, then a Louis Vuitton suitcase, and a hot air balloon to Tripoli, Libya, while being pursued by Parisian taxi-driver Gustave Palourde (Gérard Jugnot) whom he swindled out of a cabfare back in Paris and who wants to stab him. Along the way he befriends a Sudanese man named Assefa (Barkhad Abdi), pronounced “I-suffer”, an illegal immigrant whom he meets in a vegetable lorry. This is a comic and humor story.