Behold! Bheem the Warrior is here!

Director: Rajiv Chilaka

Synopsis: Centuries ago, Damyaan, a Sorcerer was granted a wish to be immortal by the “Book of Magi” with a rider/curse that he would be confined to the City of Sonapur.To escape from this confinement and to unleash his dark arts over the world, Damyaan lures Raja Indravarma with a map with the directions to the City of Gold. Despite warning from gypsies, the Raja sets out to seek the treasures along with Chhota Bheem and his friends. Once he gets there, he unknowingly sets Damyaan free who captures Chhota Bheem and his friends and imprisons them. In the prison, Bheem meets Santrik who tells him that the only way Damyaan can be defeated is to destroy him with the “Book of Magi”.

Review: Animated films are always a treat on screen for their story, voice-overs and the effects given by the masterminds at work. The given characters are nothing short of superhumans and can be made to do almost anything in their films. While these films get undivided attention and instant fan following from kids of all ages, they also appeal to adults who inevitably have to watch these films ’cause of their children, while few may also watch animated films out of interest in the animated and fantasy world.

After a successful stint on Indian television (the show is telecast on Pogo), the animation content providers Green Gold Animations in association with PVR Pictures present “Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan” that releases in theatres this Friday. With the summer vacations on, the time is right for the film’s release. Kids love Chhota Bheem’s character because he epitomises what every kid aims to be – the ideal child, liked by all. Besides, he is strong and witty all the same, is always there to help his fellow villagers in despair. His friends namely – Jaggu, Chutki, Raju, the bully Kalia and his sidekicks, the twins, Dholu-Bholu; accompany him on all his adventures. Bheem is the ultimate saviour for Dholakpur, his village.

While there have been varied series of Bheem’s adventures in the televised version, the director-producer of the film, Rajiv Chilaka has used elements of friendship, adventures, magic, time travel etc. in the film. Made on a rather small budget of approximately 4 crores, the film did not exceed expectations in anyway. The animation, for one, could have been better. Understandably, an animation film requires a lot more time than a regular film, however, when one is already spending a set amount of time on creating a complete motion picture, then the effort shouldn’t look something as half-hearted as it could look here. For a non-kid audience, the glitches were too many to forgo scrutiny. The voice-overs too could have been done better. Unfortunately, it all seemed very half-baked. The storyboard however was good. The film however, turned out to be less than perfect in its final outcome.

Nonetheless, the film will gain all its brownie points only because of its high ranking on the popularity metre. Hoping that this film is able to recover its cost in a week-long running time, of course it won’t become a rage as much as the television show, but a good one-time family outing at the theatre is not a bad idea. Hoping to see better content rolled out in the coming years with the boom in the animation industry in India, there is perhaps no comparison with international standards here, however there sure must be a goal that any business model hopes to achieve. Hence I am positive that the film-making prowess will improve with the passage of time.

Verdict: Nothing more than a one-time watch for kids and adults alike!

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