Review: After the runaway hit debut Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003 and 3 moderately successful films, Nikhil Advani brings to you India’s first stereoscopic 3D animation film, Delhi Safari. Aptly hitting it’s target audience of kiddies, the film’s a definite success story. Man is destroying forests & rendering animals homeless – all wrapped up in a touching tale about a leopard cub. Kids are going to lap it up! Especially because it’s made well with dollops of humor as garnish.
It’s not just about the kids; the adults accompanying them will also be thrilled. For those jaded workaholics who don’t care a damn about saving planet earth, there’s song, dance and humor to penetrate their thick heads and make a point. That’s the USP. A complete joy ride for kids with a strong message about deforestation and one even adults will smile at. Special mention for the song Nai Bhai Nai – even as a standalone this song has the capacity to become a YouTube phenomenon. Under all the giggles and songs, you won’t even realize when the film made a point and walked away and left you thinking.
The recent animated films that the industry is bombarding at kids play on the trump cards of religion & mythology. Thumbs up for neutral, humane, sensitive and sensible films like Delhi Safari by big directors. For quality content that appeals to the highly distracted kids of today – to ensure they learn & have fun – takes a commendable amount of effort & skill. Hats off to the creative brains behind this!
As far as the plot goes, a forest has been encroached upon by builders and it’s animals left homeless. These animals decide to send representatives to Delhi and put their point forth to the Parliament. Heading this safari mission is an insanely cute leopard cub. Sounds like madness right? Hold on, it’s the right kind of madness. There are one too many songs in the first half an hour, but give it some time; I assure you it’s worth your patience. The characters worth mentioning are definitely Bajrangi – the gangster monkey voiced brilliantly by Govinda and Alex – the quirky and spoilt parrot voiced to perfection by Akshay Khanna. Their love-hate relationship adds oodles of humor to the plot. The plot itself has so many interesting twists and turns. These animals have one hell of a safari and so will you.
Verdict: A joy ride for kids and adults. Disguised under the humor, a message, that will quietly make its point.
Release date: Oct 19, 2012
Voice Over: Govinda, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Urmila Matondkar, Boman Irani
Director: Nikhil Advani
Length: 1 hr 36 mins
Writer: Girish Dhamija, Suresh Nair