Jungle Cry

Jungle Cry

IMDb Ratings: 8.9/10
Genres: Drama, Sport
Language: Hindi
Release Year: 2022

Director: Sagar Ballary

Stars Cast: Steve Aldis, Rhys ap William, Sherry Baines

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 Jungle Cry Review

In 2007, two great things happened related to the sport. First, Team India won the first-ever T20 World Cup, and second, Shimit Amin shot a classic sports drama, Chak De India! Interestingly, these two are connected to Jungle Cry. Let me tell you how. The story of Jungle Cry is based on an event that took place in the same period when Team India won the World Cup in 2007 and secondly it looks similar to what Chak De India showed in the same year. Chak De India has actually broken almost all of the dramatic conflicts that any great sports drama can have. We had great sports dramas like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Dangal (2016) but both were biographical dramas while Chak De India was a fictional story. Maybe that's why it was so dramatic and therefore a tough film for its time. Lagaan (2001) was even far ahead because it was still too early for the last ball drama and also because it wasn't purely a sports drama. These four films set the bar too high and left nothing for others. As a result, despite its miraculously true story, Jungle Cry looks dated.

The film is based on the true story of 12 boys from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) who trained hard to master the beautiful sport of rugby and within 4 months won the Under 14 Rugby World Cup in England 2007. Rudra (Abhay Deol) is a football coach but has to give up the format when Paul (Stewart Wright), a foreign rugby coach, sees potential in the boys for the Rugby World Cup. How these two take the boys on this victorious journey is all that makes the overall storyline of Jungle Cry in two hours. Jungle Cry has a good, inspirational story but is spoiled by a faltering script. Not a single scene in the film offers anything new, despite so much action right in the middle of the action. Even before the game you know the results and can even predict the next games. Like I said, the clich├ęs have already been used by these four films, so there's nothing here to get you hooked. Also, a boring presentation creates additional boredom.

In terms of performance, Abhay Deol is pretty decent as a coach. This guy does it better, as we've all seen in the past, so his performance in Jungle Cry doesn't really live up to the hype. In her first scene, Emily Shah is very impressive with that soft accent. But later it gets cheesy and her character leaves you unsatisfied. All child artists are in a natural flow, or should I say too natural to appear in a film. It feels like real-time documentary on many occasions because the guys aren't acting. They just do what they do in real life. Atul Kumar does his part well while the rest of the supporting cast looks okay in their supporting roles.

2007 makes for another interesting coincidence with Jungle Cry. Director Sagar Ballary made his most acclaimed film to date, Bheja Fry, that same year. I think he had the same vision as he had in 2007 for Jungle Cry, which was made for 2022 audiences. The film has glitches that are easy to notice and find irritating, but Ballary did a fantastic job in a few scenes. These rugby match scenes are some of the finest footage ever captured in Bollywood's mainstream sports drama. The way the camera captures all of these fast-paced, action-packed sequences is truly commendable. Sagar Ballary and the technical team deserve to be celebrated for that. However, there is nothing impressive about the rest of the films, making it an average watch. Still, the film deserves to be seen at least once to know the unpopular tale of underdogs who made history. Watch for this highlight scene as you realize how the enthusiasm for cricket has overshadowed many great achievements in the history of Indian sport.