Junglee Film Review 2.5/5: A comic relief at best

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Poor execution and bad acting makes this Vidyut Jammwal-starrer a mere comedic watch

There might be an important message lying at the core of Junglee’s story, yet the slender plot renders chief Chuck Russell unequipped for making an interpretation of it into an interesting film. Poor execution and terrible acting makes this Vidyut Jammwal-starrer a minor comedic watch.

This natural life experience spins around Raj (Jammwal), a vet working in Mumbai. He demonstrates his exceptional Kalaripayattu aptitudes by taking on a group of goons who are tormenting a stray pooch. While his association with his dad might be stressed, the two harbor a common enthusiasm – their adoration for elephants. Raj’s excursion to the elephant haven possessed by his dad turns all the all the more fascinating when he meets female mahout Shankara (Pooja Sawant) and a columnist every living creature’s common sense entitlement lobbyist (debutante Asha Bhat). Notwithstanding, our forceful saint possesses little energy for sentiment – inconvenience poses a potential threat over him as he needs to shield the elephants from poachers (driven by Atul Kulkarni) who exchange their ivory tusks for moolah. How Raj spares the pachyderms from the seekers frames the core of the story.

Mark Irwin’s cinematography keeps you snared to the screen. He catches each minute in the lavish wildernesses with earnestness. However, that doesn’t spare the film from sinking. With a runtime of 115 minutes, this spine chiller feels longer than it should. You will miss the deft heading that Russell showed in his past trips, The Mask and The Scorpion King

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