Film review: Chota Bheem and the Throne of Bali - Serious Action Sequences, Better Animation
By Priyanka Dutta / WBRINN
Kolkata, May 7, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): It is late at night. A mother is sleeping with her baby in a cot. A wolf comes in through the window and takes away the child. The sound of the baby crying wakes up the mother and she is horrified to see her baby being taken away. She shouts for help and there is no one to help her. Enters a kid and he valiantly fights with the wolves and saves the baby from the wolves.
The film Chhota Bheem and the Throne of Bali begins with Bheem and his group of friends Chutki, Raju, Jaggu, Kalia, Dholu and Bholu going to Bali to attend the crowning of Arjun. Raja Indravarma also accompanies them to the ceremony with his daughter Indumati. Arjun is the son of Indravarma’s sister.
When the group reaches Bali, they are horrified to see the devastated state of Bali. They discover that the city has been captured by Rangda and his evil forces. The group finally meets Arjun who is wounded while fighting the Leyaks (Monsters).
Bheem and his friends decide to help crown prince Arjun. However Arjun, out of arrogance, at first does not consider Bheem and his friends to be worthy companions. Bheem gains his trust after there is a competition between the two of them.
A village is attacked by the Leyaks and the person who kills the maximum number of Leyaks wins. Bheem emerges the winner by killing a hundred leyaks. The story moves forward and the army of Arjun is joined by snake headed demons, and monkey forces to stop Rangda. They fight with Rangda in vain as they need the weapon Caris to kill the monster. Only a true hero will get the Caris and it turns out (very predictably though) that Bheem is the true hero. He kills Rangda and gets Bali out of the grip of the monster.
The action sequences in the film have a seriousness which makes it stand apart from the fights that children usually see in the Chota Bheem series.
The animation is of a good quality. Unlike the other animation films made in India, this film showcases a higher animation standard. Bali, the landscape, costumes, temples, dances, flora and fauna have all been presented with splendor. This is not only eye-pleasing but is also a good source of knowledge for children in the audience.
Since this is a Yash Raj Films release, the music is of good quality. “Jo humse takrayega choor choor ho jayega”, “Sadiyon purani kahani hai tumko sunani” are engaging. The Sadiyon purani song has a Once upon a time feel to it.
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The realism shown in the film must also be praised. Many parents often feel that the main protagonist simply eats a Laddoo and becomes strong enough to slay demons single-handedly. This has an adverse effect on many children. However in the film, Bheem does not get everything so easily. He has to fight his way and had to succumb to injuries too. This is a healthy dose of realism that has been introduced in this Chota Bheem film.
The nearly packed hall is surely a good sign for the Indian animation film industry. The presence of a few teenagers and also a few adults without their children proved that even they are getting interested to watch Indian animated movies. The future is indeed bright for Indian animation. Long live Chota Bheem.