Toonpur Ka Superrhero Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:37:37.7200000 IST


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Technical innovation has made its prominence in Bollywood and the latest buzz to arrive is Live Action 3 D Animation combination feature film that comes with the name and styling of TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO. In the last decade, the genre of animation films has garnered major attention with mythological characters getting major spotlight as the lead characters of these animated entertainers. Swimming against the tide, TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO dares to be different, pitching hilariously sketched animated characters with the adventures of 'Superhero' as its main premise. These animation based entertainers have so far been a damp squib on musical charts and not much can be expected from this cute-kiddies flick. Veteran Anu Malik gets into the chair of leading composer along with lyricist Kumaar and Munna Dhiman to churn out soundtracks that epitomize the quirky-cum-frolicsome feel of the flick. Can we expect this 'Superhero' to be turning tables on its D-day? Can we expect a chartbusting album from experienced campaigner Anu Malik?

The flight to the fantasyland of TOONPUR, kick-starts with detailing of touring the place (visa, passport etc) with the voice-over of peppy vocals, crazy lyrics and frolicking funky Punjabi punch-liners in the introductory track 'Let's go to Toonpur'. Down memory lane, Kajol's most nostalgic romantic entertainer KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI (1998) had one cute 'Silent Sardarji' (played by Parzun Dastur) whose one-liner 'Tussi Naa Jaon' became popular with film buffs. The cute kiddie 'Sardarji' (this times its cartoon 'Bolly') returns back again with similar one-liner in this frolicking soundtrack with the vocal supports of Mumzy, Veronica, H Dhani and Anu Malik. It comes in the format of cheerful nursery rhyme with flick's signature tune ('Tunak Tunak') as its major backdrop. This Anu Malik's composition comes out with Kumaar's Punjabi lingo chirpy lyrics that amuses for its nonsensical setting.

The song sounds average and its 'remix' version tries hard to create buzz for the journey to this lovable 'Toonpur'.

This 'club-remix' version is moreover promotional feature than disco-delight and should be positive support for flick's promotion in teasers and promos.

Punjabi fervor of 'masti' and 'dhamaal' maintains its top slot with 'bhangra' beat arrangements taking over the groove in hip-shaking 'Nach Mere Naal'. It's a welcoming and enticing signature gesture by svelte sounding Alisha Chinai that lifts the spirits of this 'kiddies-dancing' special number. Master Saleem's typical Punjabi singing with Mumzy's emceeing has zestful connotations that articulately connect well with Alisha's willowy vocal flows. Malik's composition tries to be extra instrumental in those impressive flute notes and rigorous percussive, and both gel well to deliver out a reasonably fare dancing feast for floors. Once again, it has nursery rhyme musical feel where one expects loads of cartoon and kids, dancing to its frolicking thumping pace. 'Nach Mere Naal (remix)' sounds more vigorous and pulsating than the previous remix version and tries to enthrall with its disco-beat thrills. It's more akin to rave parties type of entertainment with loads of hip-hop emceeing, beat juggles and DJ spins entertaining well with rigorous vocal flows. For its catchiness and bombastic dancing flavors, do expect 'Nach Mere Naal' to be prime musical feature in flick's promotions and success.



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The animation quality of TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is majestic. It's at least at par with if not better than Hollywood films. The characters and the entire world of TOONPUR are fabulously designed. It's an interesting blend of live action and 3D animation.

On the flip side, the film is marred by a weak script. The story is pretty ordinary isn't engaging enough. Also, the humour quotient is too low. It isn't bad, but the funny dialogues and punches are very scarce. You endlessly wait for something interesting to happen but only end up getting disgruntled. Barring the riveting gaming climax in which Aditya takes on the toonasurs, the graph of the narrative is pretty mediocre.

Some of the characters are cheekily designed on famous real and reel life characters. There's a singer Gappi resembling Bappi Lahiri, who not only sings like him but also sports jewellery. A police officer speaks like Baburao Ganpatrao Apte, a celebrated character essayed by Paresh Rawal in HERA PHERI. They definitely tickle your funny bone. Music is a big let down with not a single hummable song.

It's not an easy task to act in an animation film as you don't have co-actors to give you cues. You just have to imagine the reaction of people and act accordingly. Ajay Devgn does a good job considering that. He even cracks a joke on his own surname, Devgn. Kajol is charming in her small role. Both the kids, Amay Pandya and Chinky Jaiswal perform well. All the voice overs of the animated characters are excellent.

TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO isn't 'super' and nowhere close to it, but do visit TOONPUR for its splendid animation if you must.

Rating: 2.5/5



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A few days back, my friends and I were discussing about Hollywood and Bollywood animation films and what makes them poles apart. The first thing that came to our mind was the kind of humour. Our films have a very puerile humour which is targeted only for selected kids, while the humour in Hollywood films appeals to all age groups. The other factor was the quality of animation. We certainly have a long way to go, as far as animation is concerned.

But things are changing for good. Though still in the nascent stage, quality animation films are finally being made in India. After ROADSIDE ROMEO and RAMAYANA- THE EPIC, TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is positively a step in the right direction for Indian animation industry. A sure sign that that animation is here to stay!

The real life jodi of Ajay Devgn and Kajol team up yet again, this time in an animation flick. Earlier they were seen in Ajay Devgn's home production, U ME AUR HUM back in 2008. TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is also India's first live action - 3D animation combination feature film.

Film superstar Aditya (Ajay Devgan) and his wife Priya (Kajol), who is an ardent follower of vastu, lead a near-perfect life. Ajay has many fans all over the world but his kids Kabeer (Amay Pandya) and Raima (Chinky Jaiswal) are not one of them and think that he's a fake hero. They're huge fans of the cartoon series, Toonpur. However, their cartoon world of Toonpur is at war, where the toonasurs (bad toons) have spread their terror. The devtoons (good toons), who are in a spot of bother, kidnap Aditya to fight with the toonasurs.




view TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO stills

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stills

The animation quality of TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is majestic. It's at least at par with if not better than Hollywood films. The characters and the entire world of TOONPUR are fabulously designed. It's an interesting blend of live action and 3D animation.

On the flip side, the film is marred by a weak script. The story is pretty ordinary isn't engaging enough. Also, the humour quotient is too low. It isn't bad, but the funny dialogues and punches are very scarce. You endlessly wait for something interesting to happen but only end up getting disgruntled. Barring the riveting gaming climax in which Aditya takes on the toonasurs, the graph of the narrative is pretty mediocre.

Some of the characters are cheekily designed on famous real and reel life characters. There's a singer Gappi resembling Bappi Lahiri, who not only sings like him but also sports jewellery. A police officer speaks like Baburao Ganpatrao Apte, a celebrated character essayed by Paresh Rawal in HERA PHERI. They definitely tickle your funny bone. Music is a big let down with not a single hummable song.

It's not an easy task to act in an animation film as you don't have co-actors to give you cues. You just have to imagine the reaction of people and act accordingly. Ajay Devgn does a good job considering that. He even cracks a joke on his own surname, Devgn. Kajol is charming in her small role. Both the kids, Amay Pandya and Chinky Jaiswal perform well. All the voice overs of the animated characters are excellent.

TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO isn't 'super' and nowhere close to it, but do visit TOONPUR for its splendid animation if you must.

Rating: 2.5/5


Rating 2.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Tanuja, Sanjay Mishra, Delnaz Paul, Mukesh Tiwari
  • Lyrics: Kumaar & Munna Dhiman
  • Director: Kireet Khurana
  • Music Director: Anu Malik