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Delhi Safari
Rating :
Hero :
Akshya khanna
Heroine :
Urmila Matondkar
Other Cast :
Govinda, Sunil Shetty, Boman Irani
Director :
Nikhil Advani
Music Director :
Shankar Ehsan Loy
Producer :
Anupama Patil, Kishor Patil
Release Date :
In the present state of animation films where animation only revolves around mythology it's a plight to see a film like Delhi Safary that goes beyond mythology struggle for 5 long years to see the light of the day. The film finally makes it to the theaters and we give you an insight of what this film is all about.

A bunch of animals are off on a mission. To tell the powers-that-be in New Delhi that their forests are in mortal danger, and so are they. Cub leopard Yuvi, his feisty mom, a chatty parrot, a large bear, and a wicked monkey set off on a journey full of adventure. Nikhil Advani’s ‘Delhi Safari’ does a great service to the animation-for-kids genre by stepping out of the tired mythological stories, and creating animals with distinctive personalities.

And all through this tale, there are bits and pieces which keep you with the plot. Yuvi (Khara) is cute and anxious, his mom (Matondkar) is properly maternal, the parrot (Khanna) is nice and ‘baatooni’, the `bandar’ (Govinda) is suitably ‘badmaash’, and Bagga the bear (Irani) is big and wise. Some of the animation, in 3D, is slick and fast-paced.

But the film, with its major nods to the ‘Madagascar’ series, and a few ‘Lion King’-like scenes, is not madly original. It also slows down in places to include other incidental characters. It is much too dependent on Bollywood clichés : the Bandar is a loud Purabiya character, never missing an intonation but becoming flat after a while, a Rajasthani crane couple is very 'filmi' Marwari and nearly incomprehensible, and so on. And why, why do all animated animals have to sing and dance? This kind of film is fine just the way it is, why should it be burdened with 'item numbers', the biggest cliché of all?

You might overlook the one glaring hole in the film’s premise, a result of film logic clashing with ‘real logic’ – Why did the animals need to recruit a ‘talking’ parrot to convey their problem to the humans, when they speak the same language, and just as eloquently as the parrot?

Despite these quibbles, the film works on account of its charming characters and some hilarious dialogue. I’m going with three out of five for director Nikhil Advani’s Delhi Safari. Take your kids for this one, chances are both of you will come out smiling.
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