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Delhi Safari  : Misses The Adventure Trail
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Friday, October 19, 2012
Animation Film
Nikhil Advani
Govinda, Boman Irani, Urmila Matondkar, Suneil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Swini Khara
They’re cutting trees, so cut to Delhi for a solution. The bumpy ride to Delhi is animated in 3D to get kids on board and to also attempt engaging the adults accompanying them.

The plot: Encroachment is at its peak and the jungle fauna is losing its members to greedy humans. Clever leopard cub Yuvi (Swini Khara) has lost his father Sultan (Suniel Shetty) to merciless mechanical monsters sent by Kaatheja Builders to raze the jungle and build a human settlement. Ironically, the tagline of the big bad builders is to be in harmony with nature.

Should Yuvi, mother Begum (Urmila Matondkar), garrulous bear Bagga (Boman Irani) and aggressive monkey Bajrangi (Govinda) scurry away to safety or stay back and fight like Sultan would have?  City slick parrot Alex (Akshaye Khanna) who lives in a lavish flat in Mumbai is soon won over to join the bandwagon.

The good: Animation can most times restrict emotions but here there’s a whole palette of emotions served up. In fact the animals in this jungle are downright filmi with ol’ movie dialogues and some song sequences too. Pune-based Krayon does some fine job of the animation.

There’s plenty of drama and some naïve humour to give it a human touch but falls into preachy mode in places. However, the eclectic celebrity voices manage to bring out the right emotions.

The intention to educate kids on an environment issue is worthy but the preachy tone may actually disconnect juniors from feeling empathy for the animals. Elders escorting the kids may get a chuckle or two from the dialogues by Rahul Awate, Milap Zaveri and Girish Dhamija.

The bad: Too many clichés spoil the proceedings, the fights are no fun and the drama should have been toned down. The climax is hurried and this was hardly a film that offered good 3D moments. The writing is sloppy and the songs by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy could have been completely edited out.

Overall: Can’t see kids actually sitting through this one.

–  Pooja Thakkar

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