Pakkiri - The Extraordinary Journey of Fakir trailer breakdown: Dhanush travels to Hollywood
This dubbed Tamil version of an English film does not sound as inauthentic as such films generally do
When Dhanush first arrived on the scene with Thulluvadho Ilamai, the treatment he received for his unorthodox looks and his physicality is no secret. From there to representing Tamil cinema in Hollywood is quite an ‘extraordinary journey’ in itself.
After the mildly successful dubbed version of Raanjhana, which was released in Tamil Nadu as Ambikapathy, this is the second time a Dhanush film is being dubbed into Tamil.
The actor took to Twitter to release the trailer of Pakkiri, the Tamil dubbed version of his new English film The Extraordinary Journey of Fakir.
This is the start of an epic journey! Very excited to share the Trailer of #Pakkiri ! From June 21 @sash041075 @kenscottfakir @ynotxworld @madhankarky @ItsAmitTrivedi @GRfilmssg @MCapitalVenture @LRCF6204 @onlynikil#TheExtraordinaryJourneyOfTheFakir https://t.co/rEsfDpwbV0
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) June 4, 2019
We are first introduced to Dhanush as Ajatashatru Lavash Patel, a Mumbai-based street magician, who promises his mother to take her to Paris in search of his father, and says, "Namma kandippa Paris porom." However, in the Australian trailer, the same dialogue comes after a shot of him rushing to his mother and subsequently carrying a pot of ashes. With this, we can guess that she meets an untimely end. This is maybe something they could have kept from the audience, as the premise of the story is based on the promise he makes to his mother.
It’s always a challenge to sell a dubbed version of an English film. But since there’s a bridge between Tamil and Hollywood in the form of Dhanush, the dubbed trailer doesn’t sound too inauthentic. But to what extent the film has been localised is something that we will have to wait and see.
In a particular scene, we see a foreign police officer ask Dhanush, "Naa pesardhu unaku kekudha ilaya thambi?” to which Dhanush replies, “Ketu dhaaneya badhil sollittu iruken?" This is a bit too localised for this film, which is a travelogue of sorts.
But despite these minor issues, Pakkiri gives the vibe of a nice and breezy tale about a man who accidentally journeys the world in search for solace. With big names like Dhanush and Oscar-nominee Barkhad Abdi, the film promises to be an interesting journey.
Pakkiri is scheduled for release on June 21.
Here's the trailer of Pakkiri: