The first Hindi trailer for Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle has come out and boasts some of the biggest Bollywood stars as its voice cast. Kareena Kapoor casts her vote on Kaa, Balil Anil Kapoor's voice, Abhishek Bachchan is Bagheera, Madhuri Dixit is Nisha and Jackie Shroff is Shere Khan.
This new trailer is exactly the same as the one that was shared a week ago with the same scene, except it was dubbed in Hindi. Even though Kareena didn't sound like her, Jackie Shroff managed to scare us with her strong voice as a movie villain. Madhuri's voice was calm and warm when she voiced Mowgli and Anil's wolf mother. Anil was usually a pleasant person when she told Mowgli, "Chal kood!" Abhishek's voice was friendly and wise like Mowgli's mentor and friend Bagheera.
This trailer was launched in the world premiere of the film in Mumbai on Sunday, which was attended by Hindi and English film players. Director Andy Serkis (who voted for Baloo in the English version) and actor Christian Bale (who voted for Bagheera), were also present at the event. Cate Blanchett (Kaa) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan) did not attend the event. Actors Freida Pinto and Rohan Chand also arrived for the premiere. They play human characters in films.
On the red carpet before the premiere, Kareena talks about her character and why she decided to say yes to it. "All adults watch The Jungle Book. All of our youth have been about Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo and other characters. These characters actually live with us. I think it's amazing that now we can see them on global platforms like Netflix, "he said.
Actors from left to right, Abhishek Bachchan, Christian Bale, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor, Rohan Chand, Louis Serkis, Freida Pinto, Andrew Serkis and Anil Kapoor posing on the Netflix world red carpet in Mowgli in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Nov 25 , 2018.
"When the project was only offered to me, Saif (Ali Khan) said he hoped I would only be offered Kaa. Because it's a very strong and unique character. So I feel honored to be able to play and lend my voice to this character, "he added.
British actor Andy Serkis (L) played with Bollywood Indian actor Anil Kapoor during a press conference for Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle in Mumbai on November 25, 2018, ahead of his world premiere.
Speaking of voicing black panther (Bagheera), Abhishek Bachchan said the whole experience was very challenging and liberating. "That is very challenging. For the first time in our film or industry, there is no big element of your personality that you always carry through character, which might be unusual in the West. In Indian cinema, it's almost a prerequisite … What frees you is that you have to become a whole new character and you have to work within those boundaries. "
The film arrived at Netflix on December 7.
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First Published: 26 Nov 2018 12:57 IST