Zokkomon Movie Review
April 25, 2011 12:40:46 PM IST
By Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham Editorial
Child actor Darsheel Safari is three films old now (a big thing for a child actor). He won our hearts in TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, was seen in BUMM BUMM BHOLE, and is now seen as a superhero in ZOKKOMON. Director Satyajit Bhatkal's ZOKKOMON is touted as a superhero film, but the superhero part only comes just before the interval. Major part of the film is a cliched story about a greedy Deshraj who wants all the wealth through wrong means. It's a children's film which gives the message of hope and aims to end superstitions. But it takes a very flimsy route and you lose interest pretty soon. It doesn't consider our kids to be smart, which is certainly not the case. In fact, most kids are way smarter than adults these days.
The film is about Kunal (Darsheel Safari), an orphan who is happy playing Basketball in his school. Against his will, he's brought to his uncle Deshraj's (Anupam Kher) small village, which is in a dismal state. The people in the village believe in evil spirits and consult a baba for all their problems. Kunal finds himself ridiculed by his school teachers and Uncle Dashraj's family.
One day, Deshraj takes him to Mumbai for a holiday and abandons him in an amusement park. On returning to the village, he announces Kunal's death so that he can get the money left behind by his parents. Meanwhile in Mumbai, Kunal meets Kittu (Manjari Fadnis) and starts living with her.
All's well until the day he gets estranged by Kittu and somehow gets to his village. To his disbelief, the villagers think he's a bhoot. The little Kunal is helped by scientist Vivek Rai (again Anupam Kher), whom the villagers consider pagal. He becomes superhero Zokkomon, to teach the miscreants a lesson.
The film has some good special effects, but the action sequences are far and few between. The styling of ZOKKOMON reminds one of the cartoon series 'The Centurions'. Keshav Prakash's cinematography is good. Suresh Pai's editing is decent. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is uninspiring.
Anupam Kher is good in his double role act. He is convincing as the scheming uncle as well as the isolated scientist. Unlike TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, Darsheel Safari doesn't deliver a convincing performance this time around. Manjari Fadnis is passable. Tinu Anand overacts.
Superhero film ZOKKOMON isn't super and far from being close to it. It doesn't offer much to appeal the young audience, for whom it's primarily made.