A message movie catering to the pre-teen age group, Nikhil Advani’s ‘Delhi Safari’ attempts to take the Indian animation experience to new heights. And surprisingly it manages to do so, not by the fluidity of it’s animation but by the sheer emotional connect achieved by it’s dialogues and voice artistes. The animation though is pretty much run-of-the mill.
The storyboard is sort of “Madagascar’ in Mumbai where the animals of the wild are driven away from their forest habitat and forced to share space in the concrete jungle created by Man.
Yuvraj, the cub leopard (Swini Khara), Begum, his Mom (Urmila Matondkar), Bagga the bear (Boman Irani), Bajrangi (Govinda) the head of the vanar-sena and Alex (Akshaye
Khanna) the popat – the only one who speaks human language – march to Parliament to protest against deforestation. As they belong to the once-upon-a-time jungles of Mumbai, they showcase all the affectations of filmi habit. They sing romantic duets, perform stunts in slo-mo, dance the garba and also have opinions about the casting couch syndrome in Bollywood and saas-bahu teleserials. And they turn celebs themselves when they profess their cause, live on TV.
It’s pretty much ridiculous out there but it’s also quite funny. There’s a spoofy quality to the humour and the involving banter between Alex and Bajrangi enliven proceedings to a certain extent. As is Bollywood tradition, this film prefers to be entertaining more than believable!