Junglee Movie Review
Movie – Junglee
Director– Chuck Russell
Star Cast – Pooja Sawant, Asha Bhat, Atul Kulkarni, Vidyut Jammwal and Akshay Oberoi
Producer – Vineet Jain and Priti Shahani
Production company – Junglee Pictures
Writer– Akshat Ghildhial and Suman Adhikary
Cinematography – Mark Irwin and Sachin Gadankush
Running time – 115 minutes
Rating – 2.0
The film deals with a story of a unique friendship showcased between veterinary doctor and an elephant. The film then unearths the racket involved in animal trafficking, which the doctor played by Jamwal takes the lead in exposing them and releasing the elephant that remains his friend, so how does he do this is interesting to explore.
The film has a story, which is dated and poor, however, it has something positive in it that educates the audience about wildlife conservation and the horrors of poaching. But as we know films are made for entertainment, the makers have tried to add these elements that have hampered the essence of the movie. One may find the screenplay to be effective to a certain extent, but it falters down as well, seems that the screenwriters have done poor homework. Similarly, the work of the director has been surprisingly bad. He has tried to add many things thus at the end of the making the mess in a big way. The relationship between the man and animal seems to be unconvincing, and somewhere even appears to be staged, and the makers have gone overboard in portraying the Indian culture rather than focussing on the key issues.
Talking about the performances, Vidyut Jammwal is not an extraordinary one but his screen presence , and it helps a lot. Also, we find his action scenes are often like the first-rate. On the other side, Pooja Sawant appears stunning and arguably has performed the best in the movie. Makrand Deshpande in the role of Gajja hams like anything while Atul Kulkarni is passable. Akshay Oberoi in the role of Dev has been sincere, in a special appearance, while Vishwanath Chatterjee in the role of Inspector Khan is very much theatrical. Rohan Joshi in the character of Jayesh has tried to be funny but fails similarly is the story of Lars Kjeldsen in the role of Vane; villain in Taipei.
Junglee – The Last Word
The film is a cliched revenge drama and resembles to the earlier movies released in eighties and nineties. It may attract a certain section of an audience but not in the long run as it may suffer a lot at the box office.