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As The Jungle Book gets the USA release today, I thought to review both the Hindi and English versions. See in a nutshell I want to say that its not just a film its an experience of sorts. A Marvellous Adventurous Visual Delight, maybe the best 3D film ever. The best I have seen for Sure. Its a film made for children but adults are watching it more as all those 90s kids are now grown up and cant ignore to visit the path of their Nostalgia by not watching The Jungle Book. By watching it I went back into my Childhood straight away. Director Jon Favreau has smartly made this film, full marks to him even the script is little different from the Rudyard Kipling’s original work which nicely gels with the mood of the film and makes it interesting. Neel Sethi is very cute as Mowgli and able as an actor too. His dialogue delivery is very expressive. Screenplay by Justin Marks is absolutely absorbing. Music by John Debney is awesome, Cinematography of Bill Pope is next to real. Editing by Mark Livolsi is superb.
The CGI/VFX is of top grade, sometimes I wonder why Hollywood films spend so much money on VFX as often I find scope of betterment in it but here the $200 million budget is completely justified. Now coming to the lovely animals, uff they are so real. Its made with such perfection that the real animals will look animated in front of film’s CGI created creatures. All the animals have nicely defined characters, Bagheera whose voice over is done by Sir Ben Kingsley in English and Om Puri in Hindi is amazing. But I’ll go with Om Puri as his voice looked great on it. Similarily Irrfan Khan’s voice as The super duper cute Punjabi speaking Baloo is better than Bill Murray’s English voice over. Scarlett Johansson and Priyanka Chopra as seductive story teller Kaa ends in a tie for me. While Idris Elba is just little better than our own Nana Patekar as the Baddie Sher Khan and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha scores over Shefali Shah’s Hindi Raksha. Without taking anything from the above artists, everyone are great. Be it Hindi or English, I just wrote about my choice. Its a must watch and relive your childhood, I have seen it twice in Hindi and English. If cant go twice then must watch it atleast once in your preferred language. 4 stars from my side.