Aja, a clever young street magician from Mumbai, sets out on an extraordinary journey when his mother passes away, to find the father he never knew. He discovers love in a Swedish furniture store in Paris, mortal danger with Somali migrants in England, fame on a dance foor in Rome and adventure in a hot-air balloon over the Mediterranean sea. In the end, he realizes life’s true treasures and who he really wants to be.
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Actor Dhanush talks about -
It had a fantastic message to send out to the world, combined with irresistible humor. It was also the promise of a journey I hadn’t yet dared to take in my career. You rarely get the chance of being offered a role like that.
The character of Aja
He is a street magician. He is charming and can get out of sticky situations most of the time. But he is also a character who most viewers can identify with, because he is truly philosophical about life - and doesn’t hesitate to take off on a mind-blowing adventure.
He is an extremely pleasant director and at the same time, he has a very clear vision of what he wants. It’s fantastic to be directed by someone who knows how to take you exactly where he wants you to go, yet allows you to make the character your own. He encourages real team work; with him, I felt like we were building scenes together, getting inspiration from both his approach and mine. I learned a lot with him.
I didn’t have time to do readings or rehearsals, but in retrospect, I’m really happy about that. Because I was able to keep a certain freshness and spontaneity that I wouldn’t necessarily have had if we had rehearsed.
Partners from all over the world
It was fascinating to work with actors from different countries and cultures. I really appreciated discovering their approaches to the craft of acting, especially since it is such a rare experience.
Bérénice Béjo is wonderful and a very good acting partner. She is warm, encouraging and cooperative. We had an excellent time together, especially in the dance sequence.
It’s an art that is an integral part of Indian culture. I’ve done more than thirty films in India, and in most of them I had dance scenes. Since I’m used to dancing on a regular basis, I didn’t really need to do any preparation for that.
A different world
Probably the most difficult thing for me was adapting to a world so radically different from what I am used to. I had to get accustomed to different work methods and a different shooting style. During the first week, it was pretty tough for me, but after that, I really had a blast!