Directed by a Hollywood director, Chuck Russell, Junglee is all about a vet, Raj Nair (Vidyut Jammwal), who is trying to fight an international poacher’s racket. Raj has an estranged relationship with his father, Dipankar (Thalaivasal Vijay), who runs Chandrika Elephant Sanctuary. Their relationship soured 10 years ago after Raj’s mother passed away.
On her 10th death anniversary, Dipankar requests Raj to come back. This time, Raj agrees and he’s accompanied by journalist Meera Rai (Asha Bhat), who wants to interview Dipankar for his contribution in safeguarding elephants. Raj is welcomed with open arms by his childhood friend Shankara (Pooja Sawant).
In all of this, we have the bad guy, Kotian (Atul Kulkarni), a poacher working for a client in Taipei. As expected its a fight over good versus evil.
If all this was not enough, we get to meet Guruji (Makarand Deshpande), who was supposed to be a spiritual guru but seems juvenile and caricaturish.
What’s ghastly is the fact that Junglee has no story. Even more ghastly is the fact that you have Rohan Sippy, Ritesh Shah (Kahaani – 2012), Pink – 2016, Airlift – 2017 and Raid – 2018), Charudutt Acharya (Vaastu Shastra – 2004 and Nautanki Saala – 2013), and Umesh Padalkar sharing story credit. Now all I want to ask the makers is: Where Is The Story!!
Anyways moving on, as far as the action in the film is concerned, well it’s breathtaking and one needs to give Vidyut Jammwal for that. But then that’s all to him in the film.
Well, the first half of Junglee is fun as it has loads of elephants, but the second half is full cliched revenge drama that will remind you of the films in the ’80s.
Most of us have grown on films like Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), Maa (1976), Safed Haathi (1977) and last but not the last the television series Bandhan – Saari Umar Humein Sang Rehna Hai (2015) on Zee TV.
All said and done, I went in with loads of expectations from the film Junglee, but sadly came out totally lost and disappointed.
Watch Junglee, only if you are desperately wanting to watch cause I am sure you will end up spending more time munching popcorn and sipping coffee.
Rating: One And A Half