Director: Nikhil Advani
Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Suniel Shetty, Boman Irani, Urmila Matondkar
b! Says: ****
Delhi Safari is a fun outing
Think animation in Indian cinema and images from mythological productions spring to mind. Surely a movie without a Bal Hanuman or Krishna is bound to be a dud at the box office, right? We are happy to report that once you watch Nikhil Advani’s, ‘Delhi Safari’, that standard will be shattered.
What’s it about?
Animals living in Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali are left without a leader, when bulldozers kill Sultan (Suniel Shetty), the leopard. As greedy builders, eager to take over the property, encroach on the jungle they call home, Yuvraj (Swini Khara), Sultan’s cub, encourages other animals to take a stand against the humans’ cruel behaviour. Together, the animals, consisting of Sultan’s wife Beghum (Urmila Matondkar), Bagga the bear (Boman Irani), Bajrangi the monkey (Govinda), Alex the parrot (Akshaye Khanna) and Yuvi, decide to take their grievances to Parliament and thus begin their safari to Delhi.
Although Bajrangi gets the most laughs, the others do not disappoint. Govinda’s perfectly cast as the voice of the monkey and adds oodles of character with his chirpy dialogue delivery. Bajrangi’s quirky ideas and wicked ways will surely make him a favourite with everyone. His Bhojpuri dialogues don’t annoy, but only make the film more enjoyable.
Urmila starts off in a very la-di-dah fashion, but we get used to her as the adventure unfolds. Boman Irani adds spunk to Bagga’s cool character. His funny English lines remind us of his act in ‘Dostana’. Multilingual Alex, who preferred his domesticated and lavish lifestyle to his time in the jungle, challenges Bajrangi at every step. Khanna, for a change