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Zokkomon or Bore-mon?

A DULL EXERCISE Zokkomon

A DULL EXERCISE Zokkomon  

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Here is one more attempt of a Hollywood biggie to get a foothold in the Hindi film industry. After Roadside Romeo, once again Disney tests the waters but without taking a dip. The production values are higher than what we usually find in children's films bankrolled by Indian producers, but seem substandard when compared to international fare. Even if we ignore the technical aspect, the plot with all the stereotypes of a kid's film makes Satyajit Bhatkal's Zokkomon a dull exercise, something which will test the patience of kids and parents alike. The writing lacks wit, the characters are sketchy, and the situations are not properly developed.

Darsheel Safary plays Kunal, an orphaned boy. He is ill-treated by his uncle Deshraj (Anupam Kher) and aunt, who live in sylvan surroundings far from the city. To usurp the money left by Kunal's parents for him, Deshraj takes him to the city and abandons him there. In the city, Kunal is helped by a painter (Manjari Fadnis), who spends the night in the godown of a film studio.

Somehow, Kunal manages to return home, but finds that people think he is a ghost. He finds shelter in a haunted bungalow where an eccentric scientist (Anupam Kher in a double role) lives. He turns him into a superhero to fight the superstitions that are rampant in the town and teach his uncle a lesson. Zokkomon draws from all the global superheroes and has very little that's local about him. He flies, he jumps, changes his voice, but everything through a scientific way. However, director Bhatkal doesn't have the required budget or flair for writing to make the film convincing.

Also, we never get to know the logic behind rechristening Kunal Zokkomon in a place where people speak chaste Hindi and the kids are not shown watching any cartoon channel. A name like Zokkomon sounds out of place in such territory, but Bhatkal never substantiates it in the script. Perhaps Disney wants to promote Zokkomon as a long-lost Indian cousin of Doraemon or Pokemon if the film does well. But for now, it comes across as a misplaced marketing move. Darsheel is the best thing about the film. Kher hams big time and Manjari overdoes the cute act.

Zokkomon

Genre: Drama

Cast: Darsheel Safary, Anupam Kher, Manjari Fadnis

Storyline: An orphaned boy turns the tables on his evil uncle with the help of an eccentric scientist.

Bottomline: Low on IQ, high on saccharine!

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