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Percept Pictures ‘Hanuman Da Damdaar’ releases across India
2 June, 2017

Percept Pictures and Ruchi Narain’s 2D animated feature ‘Hanuman Da' Damdaar’ released just at the right time on 2 June 2017. The film was aimed at children who are having their summer holidays around the country. So the timing was perfect. Getting Salman Khan to do the voice of the adult Hanuman got audiences to see Hanuman mouthing some popular Salman dialogues, and the treatment did get a few laughs. 

The film story, however, centres around the adventures of Hanuman as a kid. The story revolves around how Hanuman has seemingly forgotten his powers, thanks to being hit by Indra’s vajra and how he rediscovers them, thanks to a series of adventures set in a jungle. He also gets to meet Garuda (voiced by Hussain Dalal), who helps him overcome his fears and the interaction between the duo is most interesting. A chunk of the story is also set in Sri Lanka and as usual the characters there speak Hindi with a thick South Indian accent. Chunky Pandey’s character is a tour guide in Lanka and so we’re treated to some innuendo-filled moments. 
Popular actors voiced the various characters in the film with Saurabh Shulka as Hanuman’s father Kesari, and Vinay Pathak as the jungle journalist Popat Sharma. Kunal Khemu too managed to gather some laughs as Indra. The one who impressed the most is Makrand Deshpande as sage Vishrava. Hanuman wowed audiences in this fun, frothy avatar, and the film did touch upon such issues as protecting our environment and the futility of war. The ending is open-ended hinting at a franchise. So keep your fingers crossed.