Mowgli, Baloo, Kaa, Bagheera and Sher Khan will be landing at a theatre near you earlier than expected and you can thank Shah Rukh Khan for it. Disney’s The Jungle Book, starring 12-year-old Indian-American Neel Sethi as Mowgli, will release in the Indian theatres on April 8, a week before it releases in the US to avoid box office clash with SRK’s Fan .
The live action adaptation of the book by the same name, was scheduled to hit theatres on April 15, along with Fan. “We are thrilled to confirm that Disney’s all-new live-action epic, The Jungle Book, will be out in Indian theatres a week prior to the US release. We have a few more surprises in store for The Jungle Book fans in India,” Amrita Pandey, vice president, Studios, Disney India, said in a statement.
Directed by Iron Man fame director, Jon Favreau, and featuring voices by iconic actors like Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Christopher Walken, The Jungle Book is an all new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves.
Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self discovery when he is forced to abandon the only home he has ever known. It is based on the adventure stories penned by Rudyard Kipling and inspired by Disney’s animated adaptation.
The movie blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using high-end technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences.