Movie: The Lion King
Cast Voices : Shah Rukh Khan, Aryan Khan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sanjay , Aasrani, Shreyas Talpade, Shernaz Patel, Achint Kaur
Director: Jon Favreau
Being a loyal Disney original movie fan,
If there was any movie I have been waiting for since it’s announcement is Lion king.
The original 1994 Lion King has a soul to the story which we all have felt growing up but even after bringing the jungle to life in 2019 version couldn’t give those goosebumps or capture those emotions.
The Hindi Version of the film featuring Shah Rukh Khan as Mufasa and Aaryan Khan as Simba will make you think if there’s anyone else who could have played it better but no the answer is a big No. As Simba grows up and Aaryan Khan’s voice is introduced, you might find yourself listening intently to him to find how perfectly he has soaked in the character and managed to express so well with his voice Shah Rukh Khan, the king of Bollywood manages not just to get your attention every time he takes over, but blends right in as Mufasa.
You might feel a little heartbroken when little or no emotion is evoked even in a scene as crucial as Mufasa’s death, Scar doesn’t feel as scary and these are just two examples of how the film makes you feel at bay and it is not just because of the Hindi dub but also the dramatization. The dialogues in Hindi are well written especially the comical bits.
Coming to the visuals which easily steal all the attention away specially in the beginning, where young Simba and Mufasa have good times together provide some stunning visuals that look straight out of a dream and the magic repeats itself in the second half during Nala’s reunion with Simba.
But over all the visuals made the story slower. John Favreau ‘s effort at bringing the animated film to life though has left the story itself a little behind on the priority list.
One never quite connects with Simba or Mufasa quite the same way like we did with the 1994 version. You can’t help but miss the Lion King magic in this one if you’re going for the nostalgia.