Sonntag, 27. März 2011

Toonpur Ka Superrhero (2010; narrator) - Review in English

In this film Sanjay is just to be heard as the narrator!

About the story: Aditya Kumar (Ajay Devgn) is a film star, but for his children Kabir and Raima he is everything else but a hero as he spends more time on the sets than with them – and as he, according to Kabir, even in his films is just a 'fake hero' because the main part of his job is done by stuntmen and body doubles. Another one, however, is absolutely convinced about Aditya's superhero qualities: Bolly, a figure from the Toonpur animation movies which Aditya's children are very fond of. And as the nice Devtoons in Toonpur have to suffer under the evil Toonasurs' tyranny, Bolly's friends unceremoniously kidnap Aditya on his film set and bring him to Toonpur, hoping that the 'superhero' will destroy the evils. Of course this means massive problems for Aditya – especially after Jagaro, the Toonasurs' computergame-addicted chief villain, abducts Aditya's wife Priya (Kajol) and his children...

"Anything for Ajay" was Sanjay Dutt's reaction when he was asked to be the "Voice of God" in this film's first and last scene ("Special Thanks to Sanjay Dutt"). If he also watched the rest of the movie, he likely was amused at least once – and that is when Aditya tries to convert the evil Toonasurs with Gandhigiri. But Aditya is no Munnabhai, Kireet Khurana is no Raju Hirani, and the villains are so evil that they can only be finished off by a computer game. Toonpur Ka Superrhero is a combination of real world and cartoon world, a method very successfully used in films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Too bad that Khurana doesn't even come close to this technical level. The cartoons are not really appealing, the animation is average, and thus even an Ajay Devgn cannot save the day though he does his best; neither can Kajol – normally they are a marvellous jodi, but in this film they are just underused.

Even the title song of this film – after all, a cartoon film which is meant mainly for children – sounds more sincere and solemn than cheerful and energetic. Too bad, but Toonpur Ka Superrhero is a squandered chance.

Produced by Krishika Lulla, Kumar Mangat Pathak; Directed by Kireet Khurana
95 Min.; DVD: Eros, English Subtitles (including songs); Bonus: Making Of, Game (Forthcoming), Bonus Song "Nach Mere Naal"
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