Watch Movie ‘Junglee’ This Weekend : For The Love Of Elephants

Watch Movie ‘Junglee’ This Weekend

August 21st, 2019   |   Updated on February 14th, 2022

The story revolves around a vet, who on his homecoming to his father’s elephant reserve, encounters and fights an international poachers racket.

Raj (Vidyut Jammwal) is a Mumbai-based veterinary doctor who always lends a helping hand to animals in trouble. When his estranged father asks him to return to his native place – a sanctuary for elephants for his mother’s 10th death anniversary, he agrees half-heartedly.

He is tailed by a journalist Meera (Asha Bhat) who is keen to interview his conservationist father. On reaching there, Raj reunites with his childhood friends, Shankara (Pooja Sawant) who is now a female mahout and Dev (Akshay Oberoi) who works as a forest ranger and most importantly, Didi and Bholi (the two elephants who grew with him).

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Things take a bloody turn when Keshav (Atul Kulkarni) and his gang of gunmen enter the jungle and their drone catches a glimpse of the tuskers. The rest of the plot revolves around how Raj manages to defeat the poachers to save his animal pals. Junglee is a Bollywood action-adventure movie, directed by Chuck Russell.


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Initially lured by the city life, Raj now decides to protect the gentle giants in the sanctuary, which has always been his father’s dream. After a series of unfortunate events that happen in the reserve, Meera (debutante Asha Bhat), a journalist from Mumbai and Shankara (debutante Pooja Sawant), a mahout based in the sanctuary, also join Raj’s mission of punishing the illegal hunters, who kill elephants for ivory.

Protect animals, save the elephants is the primary message that Junglee sends across and it does so in an action-packed way. The film also reiterates that if we pledge to stop buying ivory products, it will prevent poachers from indulging in this illegal trade. True to its theme, the film transports you to the calm of a jungle, away from your city, cell phones and chaos (shot in the beautiful locales of an elephant reserve in Thailand).

Known for Hollywood blockbusters like The Mask, The Scorpion King and Eraser, American director Chuck Russell makes his Hindi cinema debut with this one. His fascination for mythology, Hindu mantras, our martial arts like Kalaripayattu and Lord Ganpati is evident, given the Indian essence and exoticism he brings to the story, from a Westerner’s perspective.

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Watch Movie ‘Junglee’ This Weekend

Movies with animals are a huge draw. More often than not, the audience warms up to the four-legged creatures and once they fall in love with them, you can hear a continuous, “oh, so cute” chorus. This happens in Junglee, too. The film treats you to a herd of elephants in different sizes and ages roaming majestically in the Thai jungles. You just keep attempting to reach out to the pachyderms on the screen and stroke them.

Another fantastic aspect of this movie is Vidyut Jammwal. An expert at martial arts and Kalaripayattu (a martial art form which originated in Kerala), the actor is a dream to watch. In perfectly-choreographed action sequences, he moves with the grace of a ballerina and the agility of Bruce Lee. Vidyut also displays (at regular intervals) a perfect torso that could easily earn him the title of Tiger Shroff’s elder brother.

However, the elephants and the actor are badly let down by a mediocre script. The writing is juvenile and even if you make allowances saying this is kiddie stuff, you still find the film emotionally insufficient. The whole man and animal thing is so cosmetic that it fails to move you. Years ago, when Rajesh Khanna’s pet elephant Ramu in Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) dies, one recalls weeping buckets. Here, Vidyut’s Bhola (the main tusker) and several of his herd are massacred. Yet, no emotions come to the fore.


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Besides his father, he meets up with childhood friends Shankara (Pooja Sawant), a mahavati (mahout) and Dev (Akshay Oberoi), a forest ranger. Also hovering around is a zealous journalist (Asha Bhat) who is doing a story on the sanctuary.

Elsewhere, a businessman has commissioned a hunter to capture a tusker and bring back the prized and precious ivory. Atul Kulkarni channels Indiana Jones as he brings on the strut, dons a hunter’s hat and goes poaching.

Makarand Deshpande also shows up as a troubled guru who once trained Dev and Raj in Kalaripayattu. Deshpande may not have much to do, though he does get to wield a stick, but he has been given the best character name – Gaj Guru. In fact, Bhat’s journalist, Kulkarni’s hunter/poacher and Deshpande’s guru are all cartoon-ish characters, a mash-up of sketches from comic books and other fantasy adventures.

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