The updated version of the classic 2D animated feature, that released way back in 1994, The Lion King released again in the complete new version. The flick is helmed by Jon Favreau, who also did a similar treatment on The Jungle Book (2016). And, coming to the collection, the film has already minted an impressive Rs 11.06 crore in India on its opening day.
Taran Adarsh, the Trade Analyst, tweeted the latest box office figures of the movie and wrote,
“#TheLionKing roars... Opens in double digits on Day 1... Trends better than #SpiderManFarFromHome [Day 1: ₹ 10.05 cr]... Biz will witness an upturn on Day 2 and 3, when kids and families throng cineplexes... Fri ₹ 11.06 cr. India biz. Gross BOC: ₹ 13.17 cr. All versions.”
Earlier he tweeted while reviewing the movie,
“#TheLionKing screen count...
English #Hindi #Tamil #Telugu
Has started on a good note... Will be the first choice of moviegoers this week... Should collect in double digits on Day 1 [all versions combined].”
When it comes to the English version, James Earl Jones, the popular veteran actor, returns to voice Mufasa. Apart from him, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, John Kani, Billy Eichner, and Beyoncé also voiced different characters in The Lion King.
And, for the Hindi dubbed version, Shah Rukh Khan has lent his voice to Mufasa, and his son Aryan has given his voice to the primary character, Simba. Apart from them, Ashish Vidyarthi, Siddharth, Shreyas Talpade, and Asrani also gave voice. For Tamil version, Arvind Swami and P. Ravishankar, and Telugu version, Nani and Jagapathi Babu gave the voice.
Moreover, director Jon Favreau sticks closely to the original 1994 animation film, in terms of plot. As we already know the beats that how a jealous lion Scar, plans to kill his brother, the Lion King Mufasa, and also his little nephew Simba so he can claim the kingship.
Well, especially by Disney standards, it’s a dark story; as the story involves a child watching his parent dies vigorously in front of his eyes, the cub being hunted by starved predators, and being manipulated into running away from his home. However, the overarching themes are those of bravery and learning responsibility but along with the echoes of Hamlet.
There’s a slight chance that this remake might feel redundant to you only if you loved the original animation film from 25 years ago. But as there is no change in the beloved story, it’s hard to deny the thrill of watching these gorgeous creatures in the closest we may ever come to watching a live-action version of the film.
So, You Must Watch At Least Once!