DELHI SAFARI movie review: A cute film with a soul

The monkey is as sly as a fox, the bear is as cool as a hippie and the queen leopard is as elegant as a supermodel – the animals in Delhi Safari leave you awestruck

Nikhil Advani, the director of Delhi Safari claims that it’s a film made for children and it intends to educate them about the plight of animals because of us humans. But honestly, it’s a must watch for adults too. It’s preachy in a creative way and the decent animation is sure to keep the grown-ups hooked on to the screens.

The only hitch is the songs – a major put-off. When the story is riveting and the characters are super interesting, we don’t see the point of having intermittent tracks in between, it somehow ruins the flow and the fun of watching a movie that has all the potential of being a feel-good flick.

So this tale is about a leopard family that is happy in their own wild world. It’s one of those families that live together and hunt together, and the lush green National Park is their comfortable abode. But the cruelty of human beings and their materialistic intentions ruin the life of these wild inhabitants. A bullet goes straight through Sultan’s (the father leopard and the head of the jungle) torso, leaving his wife and cub devastated. And that’s how a revolution begins, with the cub (Yuvi) motivating the other cynical members of the jungle to prevent their natural home from getting razed to the ground.

How an enthusiastic bear, a street-smart cub, an elegant queen leopard and a sly monkey head to Delhi along with their interpreter Alex (the parrot) to make humans realise their wrongdoings, is what the story is all about. The adventurous trip-for-a-cause taken by these determined animals and the kind of challenges they face on their way makes the film an interesting watch – sans the songs of course, as we said before.

The cub Yuvi looks amazingly cute with his tawny-brown hair and hypnotic puppy eyes, the perfect character chosen by the director to create the awww feeling inside the hearts of the audience.

The celebs seem to have gone completely ballistic while lending their voice to these well-etched out creatures. While Urmila fits perfectly into the shoes of the elegant wild cat, Akshaye Khanna surprises us with his humorous and hoarse parrot pitch. Govinda’s Bhojpuri language gives us the giggles and Boman Irani – the bear – struts around in his stylish fedora, lending a very sophisticated feel to the hairy creature’s voice.

All-in-all, Delhi Safari is a fun flick and the animation is sure to not make you pucker up your noses. With a riotous expedition and a fun story to boot, the movie is an interesting watch for children and adults alike.

Rating: 3/5

* Poor – Avoid!

** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!

*** Good – One time watch!

**** Very good – Must watch!

***** Excellent – Don’t miss!