Vidyut Jammwal starrer Junglee looks like a treat for all animal lovers and especially for all those who grew up loving Tarzan and Mowgli. The trailer of Junglee is out and this time it’s an elephant who is man’s best friend. The trailer also reminds one of the famous Rajesh Khanna film, Haathi Mere Saathi
The trailer begins with Vidyut calling out for his elephant Bhola, while a voice over in the background tells us they are childhood friends. Atul Kulkarni who also stars in the film seems to be a poacher who’s a part of a poaching racket. Looks like the film has quite a few action sequences too and we all know action is something Vidyut does best!
What is interesting is that Vidyut does the animal flow workout in the film and he is the first actor to bring animal flow workout to India. Like all his other films, he has introduced out of the box workouts and action sequences in Junglee too. Animal flow is a form of workout which copies the movements of different animals. For Vidyut, doing animal flow was a test of his physical endurance beyond its limits.
Vidyut mastered the animal flows from the ancient Indian martial art,Kalaripayattu. He even worked on reducing his weight to get the physique and movement he needed for the film by practising Kalaripayattu extensively for two years. He mastered the movements of animals like the elephant, python, scorpion, crab, horse, wild boar, frog, butterfly, etc. It’s be interesting to watch him do all those movements in Junglee!
Vidyut said, “Kalaripayattu is a discipline that has encouraged people to pick up on strength, sensibility and personality traits of various fantastic animals. It was amazing for me to extend my knowledge of Kalaripayattu by practicing animal flow. Most of the conventional exercises in the gym isolate only two muscles at a time. However training like an animal functionally overcomes this one way to optimize strength, flexibility ,mind body control. Humans are emotional beasts and hence face trouble in being in the moment. That is why we are not natural fighters like the leopard or the tiger who do not get paralyzed by fear. These animals do not get paralyzed by guilt situation. This awareness, apart from additional strength from animal flow helped me be at ease with the animals I shot with for Junglee. I was awed by the depth of this stream of martial arts and wanted to bring on big screen with Junglee.”
Directed by Chuck Russell and produced by Vineet Jain and Priti Shahani, Junglee will release on 5 April, 2019.