The Lion King

More than 20 years after the original film comes Jon Favreau’s retelling of The Lion King.

My memory of watching the original film is at a school retreat along with my classmates.

The Lion King was always a story meant for kids – educate them subtly about life and friendships.

It had worked for me as a kid and it worked on adult me like a charm!!!

As it happens with me, I ended up watching both the English and Hindi versions.

I still cried when Mufasa died.
I still cried over the young cub Simba retreating in guilt.
I still cried when Simba returned home. Sigh. I am overemo seagull.

Visually, the movie is just so stunning. The detailing is awesome and the animals are very “alive”.

Young Simba is so cute ❤️
He reminds me a lot of my Goldie.

It is so majestic to see two lions fight on screen.

The dialogues of each version fit into them as stitched. No doubt the English puns are great but the Hindi version has its own quirks.

It’s funny to hear the hyenas speak Bhojpuri

and Sanjay Mishra and Shreyas Talphade’s tapoori Timon and Pumbaa are a hoot.

I guess it’s just the friendly feeling of hearing familiar voices of our actors, which made me like the Hindi counterpart as much I did the English one. Asrani’s voice as Zazu is apt!!

Shah Rukh Khan as Mufasa and Aryan Khan as Simba was a very good combination to go for.

Aryan’s voice has a faint hint of his father in it, so it goes all in with the father-son theme. Shah Rukh of course sounds very “kingly” in all his scenes.

I especially love the conversations between Mufasa and Simba.

A king’s time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.

And the music is almost like a song in the heart.

All I’m trying to say is, I have always loved The Lion King and always will continue to love it.

Hakuna Matata to all you guys!!!

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