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Bollywood dance moves for Dhanush in Indo-French comedy

Press Trust of India  |  Cannes 

Tamil and Hindi movie star Dhanush's first international film, "of the Fakir", will feature a full-on dance number in the company of

While French has composed the film's music, has contributed three songs to the "Fakir" soundtrack.

Montreal-based revealed that he was mindful of incorporating "Indian elements" because the opening portions of "The Extraordinary Journey" are set in

"Knowing Dhanush's exceptional dancing skills, I wanted a great dance number," Scott said during an interaction in the in the ongoing 71st Festival.

"Berenice is a too, but she was initially somewhat nervous because these dance moves involved a different kind of choreography. But it worked out perfectly well. It is a fun number," added the director, who made the 2011 Toronto International Festival hit, "Starbuck".

Adapted from a bestselling novel titled "of the Who Got Trapped in an Wardrobe", the will open in on May 30 before it goes into worldwide distribution.

Co-producer Aditi Anand of revealed that a July release is being planned for the Dhanush-starrer. A Tamil version of the film, keeping Dhanush's fan following in mind, will be released simultaneously.

"of the Fakir" is about a magician-conman from a nondescript neighbourhood who finds himself in the midst of a series of adventures across when he sets off for to look for his father.

Besides and Bejo, who won the best award in in 2013 for her performance in Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" and an nomination as supporting for "The Artist" (2011), the cast of the film includes Gerard Jugnot, and

"This was a completely new kind of experience for me," says Dhanush, "and I had to follow an unfamiliar set of rules. Ken guided me through the process while adjusting to my methods and sometimes even my tantrums," said the who is currently also focused on the upcoming release of the Rajinikanth starrer "Kaala".

Did he have to effect any major changes to his approach for the "Fakir" lead role? "Not really," says "Em0tions are universal, so once you understand a character and its impulses, you are fine."

added: "To my mind, is an important film. The world needs more positivity today. The film delivers a strong message about the global refugee situation, but does so in a light, comedic manner."


The director, on his part, described the film as fable-like with dashes of comedy.

"In an international film such as Fakir, they plan long and hard so that there is absolute clarity when the shoot begins. In fact, we were aware of minute details like the colour of each backdrop well in advance," said Dhanush.

So is a steady international career in the offing for Dhanush? The replied: "More than that, I am concentrating on backing good and meaningful Indian films that can travel across the world."

One such film Vetri Maaran's "Vada Chennai" is already wrapped up. "The is readying an international cut right now. We have received enquiries from several festivals," said the whose production credits include critically acclaimed independent Tamil films "Kakkaa Muttai" and "Visaranai".

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 11:10 IST
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