The Jungle Book versus Sardaar Gabbar Singh

The-Jungle-Book-versus-SardIf there is one movie striding ahead matching every step in its popularity with Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Sardar Gabbar Singh’ for this Ugadi, it is Disney’s extravaganza, ‘The Jungle Book’. Initially the film was going to be yet another summer attraction aimed to cash in on the holiday season and kids love for animation. Eventually, Disney widened its focus cashing in on the nostalgia attached to Rudyard Kipling’s book turned into an animation series that was extremely popular on Doordarshan in the 90s. Most of the Indian television audience of the time can never forget the catchy tune, ‘Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hain’ penned by Gulzar and composed by Vishal Bharadwaj. So much so that Disney in a bid to market the new film has recorded the song with new lyrics, also written by Gulzar saab with Vishal at the helm, who ensured the kids on board did a great job with it. The new version started trending on internet and the tiny tots like Jiya Wadkar who sang it also made name in a short time. CNN IBN, just the other day had the young singers along with the singer of the original song, now all grown up, ‘Amol Sahadev’ at their studio.
What is interesting to note is that the story based in India in 1894 gained in its popularity during the airing of the animated version on TV at a time when the options of entertainment for Indian kids was limited. Today, as it releases for the Gen Y kids, it still retains its charm and the rich graphics only add to the fun.
Disney has left no stone unturned. For the English version it has the likes of Ben Kingsley, Bill Murrey and Scarlett Johansson giving the voice over. In Hindi you have Nana Patekar (Sher Khan), Priyanka Chopra (Ka), Om Puri (Bagheera), Irrfan Khan (Baloo), and Shefali Shah ( Raksha), giving their voice. The film has the young talent Neel Sethi playing Mowgli. The background score, cinematography and signature Disney style graphics make this movie a must watch. And no wonder the bookings are fast filling in the theatres screening the film, this weekend. “The Jungle Book” opens in Indian theatres on April 8 in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil in 2D, 3D and Imax formats in around 1600 theatres.

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