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Jungle Book: Reviewed from India

Jungle Book is directed by Jon Favreau based on Rudyard Kipling's collection of stories of the same name. We’ve seen several adaptations of the story including Walt Disney’s 1967’s animated film. We’ve a live action version of the Jungle Book for the first time, which was shot entirely in Sets and studios.

Jungle Book has many Indian connections. The author was born in India and spent his first six years in the country. Later he worked in India for another six years. But more importantly, the story is set in the jungles of India with Indian names given to the characters. But Jungle Book has got a huge fan following in the country for another reason. It is connected with the nostalgia about the television series which was telecasted in the National TV more than a decade back. I could see more adults in the cinemas and a lot of houseful shows in India which is of course because of this emotion attached to the story. I had this same love for the story and at the same time, I was disturbed by the fact that the movie can’t be just good to match the expectations.

All animals and locations are created through CGI (Computer Generated Images) which could easily kill the viewing experience if fails to achieve the real feel. Most of the people might be familiar the story of this boy named Mowgli who was raised in the jungle by wolfs and is eventually challenged by the tiger named Sher Khan which makes the basic plot for the movie. The resolution in the story is to take back Mowgli to the man village, where he belongs.

Jungle Book was essentially everything I wanted the movie to be. It is visually exhilarating and lushly beautiful experience with some of the best CGI works ever. The technical prowess and the energetic characters combine to create a magic in the silver screen. Particularly the computer generated animals and the entire jungle looked so stunning and real. I don’t know if the movie will look this good and real after a decade, but I’m sure that the work is just great for 2016.

Neel Sethi’s acting debut as Mowgli was great with his innocent face and lovely voice. Bill Murray as Baloo seemed to be the best pick. Scarlett Johnansson’s voice made Kaa better than I imagined. This movie was just great and Jon Favreau is really a director of great potential. And I think I must add the Jungle Book action figures to my collection now!