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“NOW this isthe law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky and the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk,the lawrunneth forward and back; for the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack

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The lofty jungle principle rules supreme and reverberates in the 2-hour gripping jungle book saga which just hit the theatres last week. Adapted from the jungle book originally written as a series or compilation of small tales by the India born, British origin author Rudyard Kipling seeps exuberance, vibrancy and life in each and every frame. Not a moment shall you rest or be allowed to wait anticipating for the next move or turn of events as you get transported to the picturesque yet dangerously thrilling jungle of India.

The opening scene starts with our very dear protagonist Mowgli (Neel Sethi) running at lightning speed to catch up with his wolverine brothers over crisp branches, leafy forest floors just to escape a menacingly haunting unseen predator mammal following and catching up with him behind. One short branch break and he decelerates only to be pounced on by the predator; our very own melanized black panther- Bagheera. The god father warns the man cub that in this way he would soon be the platter of other predators as they walk along towards the wolverine council. Mowgli, ever since he gained sense found himself brought up by Raksha (the warm white female wolf) along with her other cubs only to one day make him a wolf completely to become part of the wolf pack led by the strong esteemed wolf leader Akela. He was found near a cave beside the dead body of his father by Bagheera who thought it wise to entrust him with the wolves. The wolf pack strictly adheres to jungle laws and expects each and every animal in the jungle to obey and abide by the laws of nature. Except for one; Shere Khan who is ready to quench his disgust for human kind only by killing and feeding on the flesh of the man-cub. He sends a cold chill among the pack members as he threatens them to hand over Mowgli to his custody. As decided rightly and also suggested and accepted by Bagheera and Mowgli himself, Mowgli must move to a man village with the red flower (fire) in order to ensure safety of the wolverine pack and for his own future good. On his journey of staying away he befriends the amazingly happy yet sluggishly adorable Baloo (The brown bear), saves the elephant cub who fell in the pit, gets hypnotized and attacked by Ka, the dangerous serpent and dragged by the Bandar log members (the monkeys) to be brought in front of Kind Louie (the mammoth Monkey king residing in the Monkey temple). He came back with the red flower when it was revealed how Shere Khan, mad with anger had violently attacked and killed Akela to get control of the wolf pack to wait for the return of Mowgli and not just be satisfied with his leaving the jungle. In an emotional and smart man tricks adopted by Mowgli he has Shere Khan killed and engulfed by the red flower while it was on the verge of destroying the whole jungle. The creators of the Jungle-the elephants channelized the river of the jungle to flow generously over the spreading fire to stop the destruction with Mowgli sitting like a crown on the head of an elephant. As they reunite again unquestioned and fearless, they observe the jungle law in total harmony.

Mowgli, portrayed by Neel Sethi, right, and Baloo the bear, voiced by Bill Murray, appear in a scene from, "The Jungle Book." (Disney)

Mowgli, portrayed by Neel Sethi, right, and Baloo the bear, voiced by Bill Murray, appear in a scene from, “The Jungle Book.” (Disney) Source:-chicagotribune.com

Those who thought that its as good as reliving childhood times when Disney came with cartoons and the animation movie, you are right as well as wrong, since this time you will feel the jungle in your veins. It looks refreshingly beautiful and at dark moments it looks menacingly perilous.. Be sure to grab your seat during some rude shocking moments with 3-d visual graphics. Special effects are beyond fathoming as adults and children both rock in the seats equally. The perfect cast who brought about anthropomorphy of the book breathing alive requires a special mention. Be it Bill Murray who drudgingly delivered his lines to justify the sleep and rest loving Baloos character, the bone breaking and evil tone of Idris Elba as Shere Khan, the contrasting warm and caring tone of Lupita Nyong as Raksha, the ever protective wise tone of Ben Kingsley as Bagheera or the sultry hypnotizing tone of Scarlett Johansson as Ka the deadly python, all have been selected rightly and directed flawlessly by Director John Favreau to suit his vision of Jungle book. The subtle undertone of how a society can shun and disagree to open arms to someone or something dissimilar to itself was well portrayed through the venomous hatred of Shere Khan, how innocents cower under the momentary mighty evil forces to allow it to grow its fangs and eventually how final acceptance of simplicity and unity can bring down the dark forces for ultimate co existence has been hinted at all throughout the film and has been portrayed elegantly by the super star cast of the movie. After all it is not an easy task to connect with animals, their traits and thus lend your voice to portray a character.

However it would have been very interesting to incorporate Indian accent for all the characters including the main protagonist, the young Indian-American origin boy Neel, who justified his role by acting with some countless numbers of balls. Or a justification to the scathingly rough look and muffled eye and rugged coat of Shere Khan could have been justified briefly. Nevertheless that can be overlooked when it is put in contrast with the emoting eyes of the jungle folks like Raksha who had so much trouble accepting the departure of her man cub or submitting helplessly to the mighty and irrational powers of Shere Khan, the super jungle disaster scenes and soulful hearty songs like bare necessities sung by Baloo and Mowgli.

Within a span of less than two hours the director and the writer teams up to weave a story and a film worth putting up as a classical piece jungle saga where each and every character has well defined set of principles and are far more worth living when put in comparison with the living and conniving human beings nature.

Watch the movie for what it is and leave aside as much as you have read in the original book or the cartoon versions seen earlier. This experience is worth watching for the amazing modern technologies used to bring together an enchantingly beautiful jungle of the far with its more than real folks to cherish the experience for a lifetime. The movie is not only a well spend weekend but a celebration of the uncouth beauty of nature, the unseen love and bonds shared among its inhabitants and happiness felt in simple life; grab the tickets for a 3d view but take good care of your little ones.

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