Zokkomon Hindi Movie Review
There have been many attempts in the past to woo children by fancy caricaturish characters, enchanting visuals or special VFX works; however mostly every film did bite the dust when it came to the Box-Office collections more so because they all lacked a clever script. In this scenario comes Walt Disney too with a children's film Zokkomon in a bid to give Indian children their first superhero. Now it only remains to see whether this superhero really woos children or not.
Zokkomon is about an orphaned boy Kunal (Darsheel Safary), who has a staggering amount bequeathed on his name by his dead father. In order to claim that money, his evil uncle Deshraj (Anupam Kher), who gets entangled in a legal hassle for having laundered money from government grants issued for the welfare of his village, abandons Kunal in a big city and declares him dead.
Meanwhile, Kunal comes across the ebullient artiste Kittu (Manjari Fadnis) who coincidentally lives by the same principles as that of Kunal. They hit it off and become good friends. Kittu urges Kunal to get back and also accompanies him but the two get separated on their way. So while Kunal reaches the village alone he finds the gullible villagers considering him to be a Ghost.
Dejected he enters the so called 'bhoot bangla' of the village and there meets a cynic scientist also played by Anupam Kher. With the help of his 'magic uncle' (as he refers the scientist) Kunal turns into Zokkomon and not only teaches Deshraj a lesson but also changes the mindset of the villagers making them believe more on science and less on supernatural non-existing things.
Directed by Satyajit Bhatkal, Zokkomon too fails to impress as a film. Not only does it have a weak plot, it defies logic. So while on one hand the mad scientist boasts of making everything possible with Science, on the other the film takes to the clichéd route of power of hope, prayers etc that the kids in the village take to bring their friend Kunal back to life (which ironically works)!
Moreover, it turns out to be too melodramatic a film for Kids' tastes. The length of the film can be deterrent for it too. Even the songs composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy are disappointing. Darsheel is just average. Manjari Fadnis as Darsheel's friend is average again. Anupam Kher both as Deshraj and as the scientist acts very well.
Over all, Zokkomon may not work at the Box-office. The film however may recover money through repeat runs on Disney channel later on.