When the writer of the brilliant HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI picks an animation as her next feature, it sounds interesting. Further when we hear names like Salman Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Raveena Tandon etc giving voice over for the film, the interest gets doubled.
HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR MOVIE STILLS
This one in particular tries to spread the message of conquering your own fears with a commonly used lingo in Mumbai ? the mix of Hindi and English and manages to please the kids at least.
It's fun to imagine BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN star Salman Khan giving the voice over as Hanuman in his typical style and accent. Using his famous one liner and names of his films the movie tells the tale of how Hanuman lost his powers and came back as the legendary Bajrang Bali we all worship.
Beginning with the mighty Hanuman recollecting his childhood when he got struck by Indra's 'vajra'
while flying after the sun to eat it believing it to be a fruit. The 'vajra'
attack reduces Hanuman's powers and he becomes a timid child who fears lizards.
Circumstances lead Hanuman to befriend Garuda and gradually Hanuman learns to fly. All well till here. Suddenly for reasons better known to the makers an unpleasant gay character as the tourist guide of Lanka in the voice over of Chunky Pandey spoils the show and it struggles to get better from there. Eventually Hanuman conquers his fears but the impact has been diminished.
The reason behind such an impulse to have a cringe worthy character like the tourist guide in an animation flick based on the mythologies surrounding the mighty Hanuman is beyond our intellect.
Anyways, the movie gets some space due to entertaining voice overs by Saurabh Shukla (Senapati Kesari), Makrand Deshpande (Vishrav), Hussain Dalal (Garuda), Kunal Khemu (Indra) and Viraf Phiroz Patel (Vishnu). Arnav as baby Hanuman is a delight.
The 2D animation is fine and the best part however comes before the commencement of the film when a slate says, ''No Animators were hurt during the making of this film. Ok, maybe a couple, but they are fine now.''
HANUMAN DA DAMDAAR is fine for the kids no doubt, only if innovations like the one used before the commencement of the film if carried in the movie, it could have been a rewarding experience for the adults as well.