Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure
Chotta Bheem Himalyan Adventure review: Reasonably good fun!
By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Tuesday 12 January 2016
Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure
Rusauro B. Adorable
Jigna Bhardwaj, Rupa Bhimani, Kaustav Ghosh
Welcome to the world of pint-sized hero Chotta Bheem and his posse; this time in snowy Manali, and served with a dollop of blatant biscuit product placement (animated Parle-G).
Here, this popular cartoon character, that gets super-human strength on eating Dholakpur’s famed laddoos, is off to enjoy the Himalyan snow with his friends.
The Chotta Bheem gang—Chutki, Raju, Jaggu the monkey, Kalia, Dolu and Bholu— are off for a holiday in the snowy-clad mountains, accompanied by Princess Indu.
Naturally, where there is the Chotta Bheem gang, adventure cannot be far away. And it arrives in the form of bad guy Hidimbak who wants to defeat the local king, and rule over the region.
As is the case with most cartoon villains, he is obvious and laughs that great, villainy laugh, saying “tabahi” (destruction) in every sentence. But one has to say, he is far less charismatic than most other Chotta Bheem villains.
In fact, in the last Bheem movie, the evil witch Rangda was seriously interesting, even a tad scary for the kids. This one just about passes muster, and does not really offer much of a challenge to the Chotta Bheem team.
And so, it is up to the Chotta Bheem bunch to entertain us. And that they do, as they sing a song, build a snowman, and chuck snowballs at each other. Dholu-Bholu, are often at the short end of the stick, leaving the little viewers in splits. Particularly funny is the portion where the breath-vapour coming from their mouths due to the cold weather leads the dumb duo to believe their stomachs are on fire. Another recurring gag (inspired by Ice Age’s squirrel and acorn gag) is that of a tiger trying to prey on a rabbit, his efforts constantly thwarted by something or the other.
The gang learns skiing in an extended scene that almost feels like a tutorial, and then go on to defeat Hidimbak. While the first half is full of reasonably good fun, with the friends discovering a new place, and goofing around in the snow, the second half gets a bit emotionally heavy (even a dog has tears in its eyes) and boring.
As is the case with Chotta Bheem content, the stories are set in a mythical time full of kings, demons and witches. Where one laddoo can transform a little dhoti-clad boy into a superhero, and a monkey talks. Dialogue has words like chakit (surprised), vaid (doctor) and asambhav (impossible). This writer spent a good amount of time explaining these Hindi words to her tiny film-watching companion.
The 2D animation remains pedestrian, with the saturated colours and limited expressions of the characters. Still, the frames showcasing the snow-capped mountains look fairly beautiful.
However, it is about time the Chotta Bheem content evolves. It is about time is takes a little effort and develops the other characters in the gang, particularly the female ones, who have nothing much to do other than looking cute and basking in Bheem’s compliments.
Kids will love the film regardless. They will enjoy Chotta Bheem as a “ski yodha” (ski-warrior) and the gang’s encounters with the snow. Despite a weak second half and a blah villain, the film is reasonably good fun for the tots.
Rating: 2.5 stars
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film