The tiger, our national animal, a regal depiction of fury, strength, wonder, terrible beauty. Also known as Panthera Tigris, this wonderful creature has been hunted to near extinction and pushed deep into small nature reserves. So the plight of the tiger is bleak and gray. However, there are times when the tiger’s story gets the publicity it deserves. That’s through film. And Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans is one of them.
Bollywood Movie Roar (2014) Review:
A wildlife photographer on an assignment in the Sunderbans finds a white tiger cub caught in a poacher’s trap. In order to protect the cub, he takes it back to his residence in the nearby village only to face strong opposition from his guide Madhu (Pranay Dixit) and the rest of the villagers.
Roar Story Line:
Uday, a young photojournalist on assignment in the jungles of the Sundarbans, rescues a white tiger cub ensnared in a poacher’s trap and brings the cub to a small settlement he is based in. Stunning shots of the natural beauty of the Sunderbans cannot compensate for the lack of consistency and logic in the plot about a bunch of adventurers’s revenge on a white tiger, which finally lurches to a whimper rather than a roar. The characters are all written for the sake of creating a shock effect as one by one, the plot’s populace pops off the face of majestic map.
Roar is not your typical man versus wild story as it swings between fantasy and adventure genres. There are sequences in the film which are completely fictionalised and lack any factual base but somehow they have turned out to be the most intriguing parts of the film. Anyway, we will talk about the creative liberty later.
Cast & Crew:
Director: Kamal Sadanah
Producer: Abis Rizvi
Cast: Abhinav Shukla, Himarsha, Subrat Dutta, Virendra Singh Ghuman, Ali Quli Mirza
Editor: Kamal Sadanah, Muzzammil Nasir
Music Director: Ramona Arena
Cinematography: Michael Watson
Screenplay: Kamal Sadanah, Swati Goradiya, Aanand Goradiya
Dialogue: Kamal Sadanah, Swati Goradiya, Aanand Goradiya
The performances of all the young actors are just about ok. TV actor Anubhav Shukla and Himarsha as tracker gives a decent performance. Last 30 minutes of first half is really good as it has enough thrilling moments which can keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
A scene where a thousand snakes follow the gang is very good and keeps the viewers glued to the screens. Few scenes like setting up a trap for the tiger, and chasing the tiger through the canal have been executed nicely. As the filmmakers have used a real tiger, the expressions are realistic and can definitely create an impact.
The story of the film is the main spoilsport as there is no basic story in the film. Definitely, one has to keep their brains out of the auditorium to watch this film as there are no logics in it. No one knows how can they get such huge ammunition and gadgets for their personal mission. Most of the scenes look repeated which makes the viewers feel bored after a while.
If one has a habit of watching lot of Hollywood adventure flicks, most parts of the film looks blunder. The second half of the film is dragged with extended chasing and team meetings and this will surely test the patience of the audience. The repeated aerial shots, the tribal wedding ritual scenes and the forest officer scenes are unnecessary and increase the run time. It’s looks nonsense when a man fights tiger face to face and viewers will scratch their heads seeing this.