One of the very few distinct childhood memory I have involves a boy who was raised by wolves and ran around the jungle in shorts. ‘The Jungle Book’, based on works of Rudyard Kipling, reminds most of us of our childhood. Director Jon Favreau, who has films like Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens to his credit, has rebooted the wildlife adventure of Mowgli rather quite well. ‘The Jungle Book’ has become the highest grossing Hollywood movie in India. Here are 6 reasons why ‘The Jungle Book’ is ruling over not just the box office in India but also over the hearts of Indians.
Majority of the people watching ‘The Jungle Book’ are adults and not kids. The shows are filled with 20-something people or parents who brought their kids to the movie and not the other way round.
There is not a moment in the film when the CGI-crafted animals seem fake. Not only the animals, but the trees and the nature seem so real that it feels like you are watching real animals interact in real environment.
Another aspect which brings the film to life is the lively sound. From the cracking of branches to rippling of water, all sounds seem very natural. Not to forget songs which add to the magic.
#4 Voice overs
The movie has a star-studded list of voice artists with Ben Kingsley (as Bagheera), Bill Murray (as Baloo), Idris Elba (as Shere Khan), Scarlett Johansson (as Kaa) and Lupita N’yongo (as Raksha). If you plan to watch the Hindi version, you won’t be disappointed. Om Puri as Bagheera, Irrfan Khan as Baloo, Nana Patekar as Shere Khan, Priyanka Chopra as Kaa and Shefali Shah as Raksha seem just perfect.
#5 Neel Shethi
This 12 year old kid is the only one doing acting on the screen. To think that he acted the whole film in front of a green screen with tennis balls to talk to, Neel has done a fantastic job. He doesn’t play Mowgli, he becomes Mowgli.
#6 ‘Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai…’
The new version of ‘Chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai’ is as mesmerizing as the original one. Made by the team of Gulzar-Vishal Bhardwaj, who were the ones behind the original song too, the song leaves you with a smile on your face.
‘The Jungle Book’ is definitely not a movie to be missed. Whether you watch it in English or Hindi, the magic of the jungle remains the same (credit for this must be given to Hindi dialogue writer and dubbing producer). So, go ahead and relive the wildlife adventures of Mowgli!
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