Children's cinema may not be a lucrative business for the Indian film industry unless of course, a Salman Khan makes Bajrangi Bhaijaan or an Aamir Khan directs Taare Zameen Par but every now and then it does come up with gems that provide ample entertainment for kids. This Children's Day we take a look at a few that were inspired by the world of children's literature and popular fiction.
We have always believed that Ranbir Kapoor is made from a different mold when it comes to his choice of cinema. The actor has always been fond of kids and even managed an item song in Vikas Behl and Nitesh Kumar's Chillar Party in 2011.
It was hardly surprising then that the Barfi! star chose a children's film to make his debut as a producer with the Anurag Basu directed Jagga Jasoos. The comedy-adventure which was also written by Anurag Basu featured Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. Jagga tells the story of a teenage detective in search of his missing father. Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters called the film "a rousing musical that pays tribute to Tintin and Feluda, and combines Disney's musical tradition with a whimsical style reminiscent of Wes Anderson's work."
Riteish Deshmukh may be typecast as an actor who features in sex comedies but as a producer, he is working wonders for regional cinema. His latest is Faster Fene, a teenage detective originally created by writer Bhaskar Ramachandra Bhagwat (Bha Ra) in the 60's. It was later serialised for Doordarshan with popular TV actor Sumit Raghavan playing Fene in 1983. Deshmukh revived the adventures of Fene with the latest thriller directed by Aditya Sarpotdar. The film features Amey Wagh in and as Faster Fene, while National Award-winning actor Girish Kulkarni plays the negative role.
Byomkesh Bakshi has a popular history in both Indian cinema and television. The fictional character created by acclaimed writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay was first played on screen by Rajith Kapoor in 1993 for Doordarshan. Sushant Singh Rajput played Byomkesh in Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy in 2015. The dhoti-clad detective has now returned to Bengal with his adventures now being made into a web series for an OTT destination. This time Bakshi is played by actor Anirban Bhattacharya while Bollywood actor Subrat Dutta plays his trusted friend-turned-aide Ajit.
Phantom is an important part of Bengal's pop culture and continues to enthrall kids and grown-ups alike. Owing to that connection and to celebrate 80 years of The Phantom, Dreamcity Artists is coming up with the first ever Bengali movie adaptation, ‘Choloman Oshoriri’ (The Ghost Who Walks) which will release on 24th of this month on YouTube.We shared our favorite picks. What about yours? Do let us know in the comment section below, and once again, Happy Children’s Day!