The upcoming Hindi animation movie, Hanuman Da’ Damdaar, plans to do what no other Indian animated movie has done so far. It’s going to have the biggest Pan India release this Friday in addition to launching a full fledged merchandising campaign. And one of the reasons why the makers are flaunting their movie big is none other than Salman Khan. For the first time ever, Salman Khan will be voicing for the character of Hanuman from Ramayana. We have already seen him as a Hanuman bhakt in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and now Bhaijaan is all set to give him damdaar voice to the character of Hanuman in this animated movie based on the legends of Hanuman.
Written and directed by Ruchi Narain, Hanuman Da’ Damdaar has an ensemble cast featuring voices from Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon, Vinay Pathak, Kunal Khemu, Makrand Deshpande, Chunky Pandey, Saurabh Shukla and Javed Akhtar. The film is said to be a fresh take on the mythological saga of India’s first superhero, Hanuman. It will be shown as a jungle adventure film with themes and inspiration from Ramayana. What makes this film more fun and endearing are its dialogues. And especially the ones voiced by Salman Khan as Hanuman. Some of his iconic dialogues like, “Mujh Par Ek Ehsaan Karna”, “Ek Baar Joh Maine Commitment Karli Toh Main Phir Apne Aap Ki Bhi Nahi Sunta” and much more have been used in the film. We will see the god mouthing contemporary lines in Hanuman Da’s Damdaar. If you have seen the trailer, it ends with Salman saying, “Hata sawan ki ghata, what about my katha? Kahaani jisme tha action, suspense and emotion. And kaise bana Hanuman.”
Coming to the casting, while Raveena has given voice to Hanuman’s mother Anjani, Saurabh Shukla is voicing the part of Lord Hanuman’s father Kesari. He has given a quirky twist to it by using a Haryanvi accent. Sunny Deol is voicing Lord Rama’s part. Vinay Pathak is Popat Sharma, the parrot who acts as the reporter in the forest while Makarand Deshpande is Vishrav. The unique selling point of Hanuman Da’ Damdaar is, of course, Salman Khan, but also the fact that the makers have tried to give it a contemporary touch so that children of this generation relate to it more.
To all parents out there, if you were wanting to tell your kids the epic story of Lord Hanuman, don’t worry, Salman Khan, the Bajrangi Bhaijaan, is here to your rescue.