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SHORTCUT SAFARI – Hindi movie review

The need for keeping a balance in the environment


Shortcut Safari, hindi movie review

A jungle adventure film, that attempts to reconnect us with our roots through the eyes of seven children and showcase the natural world in contrast with the humdrum and chaos of daily city life.

Directoral debut of celebrated cinematographer (DoP), Amitabha Singh, who has National Award winners Chillar Party, Khosla Ka Ghosla and India’s Oscar entrant in 2014, THE GOOD ROAD to his credit, the film is finely crafted except otherwise the CGI when the wild animals are shown moving around freely in the jungle.

This adventure film traces the adventerous, exciting and even scary moments of a few school going kids who get stuck in a dense forest during their outing.

Kids are kids, and when they insist that they reach their destination before the other vehicles, in an attempt to take a short-cut, their van gets stuck in the middle of the dense jungle. The driver leaves to reach out for rescue from any surrounding habitation.

It is dusk, and the children decide to stay put in their van through the night with their window glasses rolled up. Come morning, and they gather confidence to venture out in the open in search of food.

This is where they realise the beauty of mother nature with beautiful flowers and plants, birds and even the scary encounters with the wild animals.

To make their matters worse, one of them is captured by the illegal poachers and then they come face to face with the Jungle Chief (Jimmy Shergill) who educates them about the importance of wild habitat and the wilderness.

Shortcut Safaari, aims to deliver a very effective message to conserve Mother Nature through a Jungle Adventure which traces the experiences of the school kids and their adventure in a dense forest during their outing.

Directed by Amitabha Singh, Shortcut Safaari has to be applauded for the children’s performances. It conveys a universal message of conservation of nature and not to harm the wild as each living thing – plants, trees, birds, wild animals etc for an universal balance in the co-existence of mankind.

Jimmy Sheirgill comes up as an enigmatic younger uncle for the kids. He has the aura and right personality for a lovable uncle who is strict, while at other times he looks forgiving.

The children appear natural throughout their adventure, and the only negative aspect of this film is the mediocre CGI which could have been of superior quality.

Shortcut Safaari aims to deliver a very effective message to conserve Mother Nature.
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Cast :
Aashi Rawal as TARA
Sharvil Patel as RAHUL
Mann Patel as ANKUR
Deah Tandon as SHINJINI
Ugam Khetani as SAMIR
Stuti Dwivedi as HIYA
Hardil Kanabar as KRITUPORNO
Jimmy Sheirgill as Jimmy ‘The Chief’
Co-produced by Xebec Films Pvt. Ltd, Kashyap A Shah & Amigos Fin-o-tainment
Director: Amitabha Singh
Written By: Svani Parekh, Amitabha Singh
Music By: Samir-Mana, Rohit Sharma
SHORTCUT SAFARI – Hindi movie review