Filmmaker Rohan Sippy announced his next film that will roll cameras soon titled Junglee, an action thriller adventure film starring Vidyut Jammwal. Interestingly, the actor will be seen bonding with Elephants!
Back in 1961, Shammi Kapoor had screamed “Yahoo! Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahe” as he went sliding down the snow slopes with debutante Saira Banu in Subodh Mukherjee’s Junglee. Half a century later, Vidyut Jammwal is gearing up for another Junglee, and he will have a family of elephants for company.
Produced by Junglee Pictures and directed by Rohan Sippy, the action thriller about a unique friendship between man and beast will roll early next year. Vidyut plays an animal loving vet out to uncover a deadly poaching racket that took away his father and wiped out his beloved elephant’s family.
Rohan reveals that the idea came to him because of his three-year old daughter Inaya, who has brought back memories of some of the films he loved watching as a child. “I grew up before television arrived on the scene so the biggest treat for my friends and me was when my dad (Ramesh Sippy) would bring a projector home and screen Haathi Mere Saathi for us. That is one film I watched on every birthday for at least three-four years. And that’s what triggered off the idea of Junglee,” he informs.
The director plans to shoot with an actual elephant, but as with Jungle Book and the 3D battle sequences in Game of Thrones, technology will play a role in making the shoot easy and the film largerthan-life.
Producer Priti Shahani shares that Rohan came to them with the concept early this year. “It’s a story that has a strong emotional chord and is relevant and relatable in today’s context. There is a global awareness and movement to stop poaching of animals and the story touches on this organically. It’s a story that will make a connect across all age groups. The idea is to make a commercial entertainer that makes an impact and also leaves us thinking.” she asserts, pointing out that she can’t remember the last time we saw a film which revolved around an elephant and a man.
Vidyut who has lived in Kerala, learnt Kalaripayattu there, grown up in the midst of nature and with cats, dogs and elephants as friends, connected with the subject instantly.
“I am a huge animal lover and this is a great action thriller,” he avers, adding that since he heard the narration, he has been working with the team to create a new kind of action that no one in the world has seen yet. “There is a lot of research and planning involved with this aspect of the film.”
Rohan admits that he has loved Vidyut since he saw him for the first time in Force. “With an actor like Vidyut you can design a choreography-style of action. Films that we can enjoy as a family need to comeback,” he maintains.