The face of Indian 3D-animation just got an uplift with Delhi Safari, touching upon a standard that so far didn’t exist. Ploughing over the delicate man-against-nature concept, this Nikhil Advani film, though intended for children, weaves the same magical web on adults as well.
The story unfolds at Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park, where a constructor invades the forest to build-up a housing complex assuring people residence straight in the lap of nature. And that was possible only when the greens and animals the lap nurtured so far went out of the picture. Endangered in their own habitation after the demise of leopard Sultan (Suniel Shetty), the animals decide to have the Parliament know of this injustice. For this, Sultan’s son Yuvraj (Swini Khara) assembles various animals which include Sultan’s widow Begum (Urmila Matondkar), Bagga bear (Boman Irani), and the monkey Bajrangi (Govinda). But since they can’t talk human, they lean on the parrot Alex (Akshaye Khanna) for being their voice. And with this very team, they ready up for their safari with a mission to get back what’s rightfully theirs.
The real fun lies in the animals interacting among themselves. The dialoges are super hilarious, more so for their target audience- the kids! Govinda as Bajrangi and Alex as the parrot have totally upped the overall entertainment of the film. The song dance sequence was okay once in a while, but it does slow-down the pace at times. The climax was pretty hurried though. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy was pretty average, and will have a very low playlist-life. The 3D could be done without here- not very impressive, but okayish. Overall, the concept and its Indianised execution is definitely worth a watch, with all the emotions and melodrama bringing out the Bollywood flavor in this animation. Though not a desi Madagascar this, but the animals sure like ‘to move it’ in style. Definitely worth a watch!
You may check out the trailer here: