Zokkomon Movie Review

Zokkomon Movie Review

Indians (especially children) can finally heave a huge sigh of relief. For the prolonged wait for an Indian superhero finally ended on April 22nd, 2011 with the release of Zokkomon. And no; we are not talking about a cartoon character but a real super hero, in the flesh and blood.

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The first ever live action film from Walt Disney Studios India offers us our very own teen hero who happens to be none other than Darsheel Safary; most fondly remembered as the dyslexic child protagonist of ‘Taare Zameen Par’; a performance that earned the young star the ‘Filmfare Award for the Best Actor’ in his debut film itself.

Well, he’s back again people. And this time, he sports a Zokkomon – Movie Reviewin this adventurous flick which has been slightly modified to suit Indian audiences.

Kunal (Darsheel Safary) is orphaned at an early age when his parents die in a car accident and leave him under the care of his uncle (played by Anupam Kher); a greedy tyrant who is the head of a remote village called ‘Jhun Jhun’.

Moving in with his uncle, Kunal immediately finds out about the latter’s evil intentions. However, he is not able to do anything and succumbs to ill treatment and constant abuses by his greedy relatives.

To top it off, the school he goes to is run by a group of extremely cruel teachers; and the village itself is controlled by several swamis and charlatans who, along with his uncle, keep the villagers in constant fear!

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When Kunal’s uncle decides to claim the family inheritance for himself, he decides to do away with the latter for good. He takes Kunal to an amusement park in faraway Mumbai and abandons him there. Returning home, he declares Kunal dead and gets all set to become the sole inheritor of the fortune.

Forced to fend for himself, Kunal befriends Kittu Didi (Majari Fadnis), a lovable stranger who saves the former from a bunch of goons. Living in museums, malls and costume godowns, Kittu Didi is a kind hearted, bubbly individual who decides to help Kunal make his way back to Jhun Jhun. When he reaches the village, Kunal finds out that his disappearance has fueled the reports of bad spirits doing the rounds. He decides to use this very notion against his uncle and the other evil doers in the village.

He teams up with a banished, grumpy scientist called Magic Uncle (played by Anupam Kher again) who turns him into Zokkomon with the help of optical equipments, lasers, megaphones, bright costumes and other similar magic tricks.

Claiming to be an avenging spirit, Zokkomon aka Kunal starts wrecking havoc in the lives of his uncle and the other miscreants under him. And to the delight of all the children in the village, he also takes on their frightened parents and the cruel school teachers; dishing out a few really valuable lessons in the process!

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Of course we have no lack for on screen super heros; right from Superman, Batman and Spiderman to X- Men and even The Fantastic Four etc. However, what makes Zokkomon appealing to Indian audiences is that this so called superhero is merely a teen who loves to hang out with his friends and meet his struggles head on; something that you can easily relate to!

The script is strong enough to hold the pacy screenplay (courtesy screenwriters Lancy Fernandes, Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal and the director Satyajit Bhatkal); and is fitted with then usual tropes that can be found in Bollywood movies.

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These include definite musical interludes in between, strong action sequences that keep you cheering on as Zokkomon trashes the evil doers; relatable characters and of course, a lengthy run time of 2 hours and 12 minutes. The technical aspects of the movie are justified, although they may not essentially appeal to foreign audiences.

Director Bhatkal manages to keep the narrative pacy enough to ignore the minor flaws though. And the actors have come out with praiseworthy performances, with the best accolades going to veteran actor Anupam Kher who manages to shine in both the roles given to him (as the evil uncle and the grumpy, mad scientist).

Manjari Fadnis as Kittu Didi is like a breath of fresh air and is completely natural in her effortless portrayal of a beautiful street artist. She manages to give the film its much needed freshness and good cheer.

Darsheel as Kunal is confident in his role and manages to make Zokkomon as lovable as he is mischievous. The kids who accompany him throughout the adventure are also natural and praiseworthy.

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Our Verdict: Zokkomon is colorful, spunky, silly, breezy, relevant, sweet, innocent, and funny; all in one! The movie would most definitely appeal to Indian families, especially kids who would probably love Zokkomon for what he is (a simple, lovable boy) rather than what he claims to be (an avenging spirit)! So better take your kids to watch this one on the big screen!

Director: Satyajit Bhatkal
Cast: Darsheel Safary, Manjaris Fadnis and Anupam Kher
Rating: 3.5/5

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