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Toonpur Ka Superhero

Nikhat Kazmi, TNN, Dec 23, 2010, 09.46pm IST
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Story: Aditya (Ajay Devgn) may be a super hero on screen, but for his kids he is just an ordinary man; a fake hero, as his young son would like to label him. He gets his chance to build up his image when he is abducted by a bunch of cartoons and frisked away too Toonpur, a land torn apart by political upheavals. It's left to this human hero to restore democracy in Toonpur by rescuing the rightful leader from the evil infiltrators: a bunch of ogres and ugly creatures. All he can rely on in this strange land are a bunch of toony friends and their never-say-die team spirit.

Movie Review: First things first. Indian animation comes of age and how! The film which is being billed as India's first animation feature does actually live up to its reputation. For not only is the animation artistic and classy, a living breathing Ajay Devgn too manages to be in perfect sync with the paper and pen characters. His adventures in Toon land with his cartoon friends -- Bolly, Big Ben and the rest -- turn out to have more power and punch than his exploits in the real world. Of course, he doesn't spend too much time on terra firma, with his wife ( Kajol) and kids, since he is kidnapped and transferred to the subterranean world, peopled by his son's favourite cartoon characters. But the kidnapping works out better.

Why? Because the bored superstar, who has body doubles performing most of his stunts in real life -- actually gets to display his valour and fighting skills in the surreal world. He must build strategies with the good toons and battle the bad toons before he can get back to his family. And this essentially means loads of fun for kids -- and their parents -- who have been anxiously waiting for some desi fun meant specifically for the young.

Generously sprinkled with easily identifiable characters and a story that reiterates the need for families to bond and good to prevail over evil -- sweet, simple, succinct kiddy themes -- Toonpur Ka Superrhero is great goodwill-hunting Christmas fare. Enjoy the upmarket animation and Bollywood's adventurism into brand new territory.

Read more: Toonpur Ka Superhero - The Times of India

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Business Rating: 1 star

Star cast: Ajay Devgan, Kajol.

Plot: Ajay Devgan is a film hero but his little son calls him a fake hero because he uses duplicates in stunt scenes. He gets a chance to prove that he is a hero when he is kidnapped by cartoon characters.

What's Good: The animation; the acting.

What's Bad: The first half.

VerdictToonpur Ka Superrhero doesn't have much of a future.

Loo break: In the first half.

Watch or Not?: If your kids insist, go for it!

Ajay Devgan, Ameya Pandy (Toonpur Ka Superrhero Movie Still)

Eros International Media Ltd. and Big Screen Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.'s Toonpur Ka Superrhero is a live action-animation film. Aditya Kumar (Ajay Devgan) is a sought-after film star who doesn't have dates to spare. He lives with his wife, Priya (Kajol), and two little kids, Kabir (Amey Pandya) and Raima (Chinky Jaiswal). Unfortunately for him, his son, Kabir, does not consider him a hero because all his stunts are done by duplicates. Kabir tells him so because of which Aditya Kumar is worried.

Suddenly one day, Aditya Kumar is kidnapped by the Devtoons, inhabitants of Toonpur, a world of cartoons. The Devtoons want Aditya Kumar to free them from the oppression of the Toonasurs. Since Aditya Kumar's kids watch cartoon films, they are aware of Toonpur and the cartoons inhabiting it, like Gappi, Bolly, Belan Ben, Lavina, Pandu, Jagaaru, Bakbakasur and others. That is why, the family soon realises that Aditya Kumar is in Toonpur and it establishes contact with him via the computer chat room. Aditya tells Priya, he is safe and explains why he was kidnapped.

Ajay Devgan, (Toonpur Ka Superrhero Movie Still)

All attempts by Aditya Kumar to overpower the Toonasurs fail because the latter are very powerful. The screen hero then appeals to Rubdoot, who is a big fan of his, to give him the Toonastra with which he can defeat the Toonasurs. But it is not so simple. Aditya Kumar realises that Jagaaru, the leader of the Toonasurs, has held his family captive. Jagaaru's sidekicks challenge Aditya Kumar to a dangerous game of three levels (like a video game) against Jagaaru. Aditya must accept the challenge if he wants to rescue his wife (level 1), his daughter (level 2) and his son (level 3). The superstar uses this opportunity not just to save his family and the Devtoons but also to become a real hero in the eyes of his son. How he wins the game is revealed in the last part of the film.

Script and Screenplay

The film, inspired by the Hollywood film, Space Jam, has a thin, fairy-tale like story which is alright for a cartoon film. But the problem is that such stories do not appeal to the Hindi film audience which is used to watching films replete with masala and with only live characters. Therefore, it is not as if Kireet Khurana and Raagi Bhatnagar have written a weak story and screenplay. But their fairly nice script will not find too many takers among the audiences. There is one weak point in the screenplay ' and that is, the base of the story is not too strong. Aditya wanting to prove a point to his son and getting an opportunity to do so just by chance, that too, so soon after the son had insulted Aditya, doesn't ring true. The first half is dull while the second half is fairly interesting. Mubeen Farooqi's dialogues complement the story and screenplay.

Ameya Pandy, Chinky Jaiswal, Kajol (Toonpur Ka Superrhero Movie Still)

Star Performances

Ajay Devgan acts ably. Kajol also performs very well. Amey Pandya leaves a mark. Chinky Jaiswal does a fair job. Delnaaz Paul, Raza Murad, Mukesh Tiwari, Tanuja, Shereveer Vakil and Satish Sharma lend the desired support, all in brief roles. Sanjay Dutt's commentary lends some star appeal.

Direction, Cinematography and Music

Kireet Khurana's direction is quite nice. Animation work (by 2nz Animation, Pixion and Maya Animation Studios) is very good. Nirmal Jani's cinematography is eye-pleasing. Jack Gill's stunts are nice. Music (Anu Malik) is okay. Kumaar and Munna Dhiman's lyrics ought to have been better.

The Last Word

On the whole, Toonpur Ka Superrhero is an average entertainer but its chances at the box-office aren't too bright because the audience is not used to enjoying animation characters. Its poor start is another impediment in its box-office business.

Edited by MissIffiy - 23 December 2010 at 11:59pm
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Frankly speaking, there's zilch hype for TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO. Even though its principal stars, Ajay Devgn and Kajol, have gone out of their way to promote their new film, even though Eros has left no stone unturned to promote the film, for some strange, inexplicable reason, the film isn't on the 'must watch' list of die-hard movie addicts. Sure, there's awareness for the film, but not the type that would compel you to watch it first day, first show.

But never judge a book by its cover and never judge a movie by its poster. TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO may not be the most satisfying and gratifying movie experience you've had, but the film at least makes an effort to go where Hindi films have been before.

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TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is not only India's first live action full-length animation feature, made on a lavish budget, it also has all the matinee masala that the other Friday offerings do. There's a hero, a heroine, a bunch of virtuous as well as wicked characters, a femme fatale and a baddie. The only difference is that this film has flesh and blood characters intermingling with animated characters.

Twenty-two years ago, Robert Zemeckis gave moviegoers WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, which is talked about to this date. It was one of the initial motion pictures that depicted animated film characters interact with human beings. But it took years of development, preparation, research and homework for the makers of TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO to integrate animation with live action. Thankfully, the effort is worth it.

The motive of animation films or films like TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is to entertain the entire spectrum of audience, from kids to adolescents to adults. So far, the target audience for our animated films has only been kids. But, hopefully, TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO should change the attitude and outlook. It's a film for kids and adults alike, who may take away different things from the experience, but who will be united in their sheer excitement of this visually exciting experiment. Of course, the film lacks finesse at places, but at least director Kireet Khurana and the technicians who worked on the film have made an effort to charter a new path, which, in my opinion, is worth acknowledging.

Final word? TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO blends inventive animation with old-fashioned values to deliver a decent family adventure. This one's an underdog!

Bollywood actor Aditya Kumar [Ajay Devgn] leads the perfect life: He has a doting wife in Priya [Kajol] and two adorable kids. But his children want him to be their hero not just on screen, but in real life as well. He can't do any of his own stunts, that's why gets stunt doubles, but he has to find a way which will make him look like a real-life hero in front of his children. Aditya finds an opportunity to become his kids' hero when he somehow lands in his kids' favorite cartoon show, Toonpur, where he must work with the Devtoons [good guys] to fight the Toonasurs [bad guys].

One doesn't take to TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO initially. Right from the lifeless and flat commentary [by Sanjay Dutt] at the very commencement of the film, to the sundry animated characters one is introduced to, to the conflict that Ajay has with his kids, TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO fails to take off the way one expects it to. But, gradually, the proceedings start making sense. Slowly and bit by bit, one gets a hang of things, although the impression that you hold at the intermission point is strictly okay.

It's the post-interval portions that do a complete turnaround. In fact, the film actually takes off in this hour and I must add, it has several moments that keep your attention arrested. For instance, the song with Rubdoot is appealing and so is the confrontation with the villain, Jugaro. The climax leaves you with mixed feelings. It holds your interest in bits and spurts, not in entirety.

TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO could've been an invigorating experience from start to end if it was backed by a watertight screenplay. The writing just doesn't complement the animation, which, in my opinion, is path-breaking by Indian standards. The visual excellence aside, the film doesn't engage you in entirety and that's a shortcoming. The music [Anu Malik] is pleasant and easy on the ears. 'Jeetoge Tum' stays with you; it's a motivational track. However, the picturisation of the songs is better, with a good integration of live with animation.

Ajay dares to accept a challenge yet again. It must've been most tough for this intense actor to don a character which involves working with imaginary creatures in an animated film. To act with cartoon characters is extremely challenging because it's almost like attempting a soliloquy or a monologue. He must have had no actor across for the action-reaction custom. But he delivers a convincing and credible performance yet again.

Kajol doesn't really get scope, but she handles her part well. Veteran Tanuja appears in one sequence. Child artiste Amey does well. The animated characters, especially Bolly, Guppy and the villain's moll, are most noticeable.

On the whole, TOONPUR KA SUPERRHERO is a delightful and endearing kiddie movie. It has an engaging narrative [second half mainly], neat performances and adorable animated characters. The real stars are the technicians [who created the animated characters], the director [Kireet Khurana] and of course, its lead man [Ajay Devgn] who pulled off a technically remarkable achievement of having humans and animated film characters interact with each other. Revisit your childhood while watching this one!


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Ajay Devgn gets it right, toons don't in Toonpur

Last updated on: December 24, 2010 11:29 IST

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How far will a father go to prove to he can be a hero in his children's eyes? It's a pertinent question that's answered with popcorn-light frolic in Toonpur Ka Superrhero. After all, the film, which takes obvious inspiration from Hollywood's Space Jam is aimed at a really, really young audience.

Only instead of Michael Jordan endorsing Looney Tunes to ward off Monstars in a game of basketball, you have Ajay Devgn [ Images ], playing a Bollywood hero, kidnapped by a bunch of boisterous Devtoons to defeat the terrible Toonasurs creating havoc in the once peaceful Toonpur (as per the rhyming verse provided by Sanjay Dutt's [ Images ] charming voice-over in the beginning). 

Clever word play aside, director
Kireet Khurana doesn't pause even for a moment to gasp over the incredulity of this situation. This very lack of persuasive bewilderment is missing in Devgn's body language as well. I mean, it's not every day you find yourself in your kid's favourite cartoon, right?

While Devtoons see Devgn as their knight-in-shining-armour owing to his tough guy image in show business, Devgn wants to shine in his son's eyes after the latter rebukes him as a 'fake hero' for using a stuntman.

Considering the state of 3D animation refuses to rise beyond semi-serviceable, Toonpur, despite a fun premise, fails to impress on a basic level. Kids are treated to far superior 2D/3D animation on television itself. It will take a lot more than this to attract their capricious attention to theatres.

Going by its tacky finishing and detailing (what detailing?), the final product appears to be an intermediate draft of a work-in-progress file. No wonder not a single character from this portly, colourful bunch strikes as anything out of the ordinary. Neither the Bappi Lahiri-lampooned Gappi nor the blatantly-copied Jessica Rabbit clone.

Although Rubdoot, a Bollywood fanboy and motorcycle-riding version of Yamdoot, breaking into a Robin Williamseque Genie dance, has the potential to change that. Again, a patchy job on him prevents from making that breakthrough. 

Traditionally, humour is a primary ingredient of animation. But the interactions here are too pedestrian and humdrum dubbed in garrulous voices that are more Yahoo audibles than Toy Story. The live action bits are much more engaging thanks to Kajol's [ Images ] brilliance and witty timing as Devgn's vaastushastra-obsessed better half. She doesn't have as many scenes as her husband but every time she shows up on the screen, she owns it.

You normally don't associate Devgn with a children's film. His trademark intensity and smugness has created a mental block as someone who could generate that warm, fuzzy feeling. To our surprise, the man's most earnest and genuine without going overboard to explain his casting.

The proceedings get a bit blah in the middle especially around the time Devtoons herald Devgn as their rescuer in a bizarre, over-long sequence against Anu Malik's [ Images ] bland soundtrack. Flaws aside, the climatic twenty minutes are absolutely pleasurable.  Akin to the thrill one gets out of arcade gaming, Devgn and the missus confront multiple-levels of challenge with childlike relish.

Ultimately, the actors get it right. It's the toons that disappoint.

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Was this movie promoted on kids channels like Disney, Pogo, Hungama etc?

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