Pakkiri (Eng: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir) is a 2018 English-language French adventure comedy 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, which was originally written in French. The film was shot in India, Brussels, Paris and Rome. The film released on 30 May 2018 in France. It was released in India, USA, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia on 21 June 2019.
Ajatashatru “Aja” Lavash Patel (Dhanush), who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood, is a street magician and trickster who tricks people into believing that he possesses special magic powers. After his mother’s untimely death, he sets off on a journey to find his estranged father in Paris with a fake EUR 100 note. There, he meets a woman named Marie Riviere (Erin Moriarty) in a furniture store whom he initially swindles, but is quickly attracted to her personality. Aja then experiences a series of wide-ranging adventures around the world, initially in an IKEA wardrobe to London, England, then a Louis Vuitton suitcase to Rome, Italy, and a hot air balloon to a ship heading to Tripoli, Libya, while being pursued by Parisian taxi-driver Gustave Palourde (Gérard Jugnot), whom he swindled out of a cab fare back in Paris. Along the way, he befriends a Somalian man named Wiraj (Barkhad Abdi), an illegal immigrant whom he met on the way to London.
Directed by Ken Scott
Produced by Luc Bossi, Jon Goldman, Saurabh Gupta, Aditi Anand, Gulzar Chahal, Grégoire Lassalle, Genevieve Lemal, Jaime Mateus-Tique
Based on The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
Starring Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller
Music by Nicolas Errèra & Amit Trivedi
Cinematography Vincent Mathias AFC
Distributed by Sony Pictures (France)
Release date 30 May 2018 (France) 21 June 2019 (Worldwide)
Running time 92 minutes
Language English / Tamil