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Vidyut Jamwal to channel `George of the Jungle` in next

Updated: Sep 06, 2016 17:44 IST
New Delhi [India], Sep 6 (ANI): Vidyut is lord of the jungle and he will have an elephant for a friend in Rohan Sippy's action thriller which is being produced by Junglee Pictures.

Back in 1961, Shammi Kapoor had screaming, "Yahoo! Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kaye" as he went sliding down the snow with debutante Saira Banu in Subodh Mukherjee's Junglee.

Half a century later, Vidyut Jammwal is gearing up for another Junglee, and he'll have a family of elephants for company.

Produced by Junglee Pictures and directed by Rohan Sippy, the action thriller about a unique friendship between man and beast will roll early next year.

Vidyut plays an animal loving vet out to uncover a deadly poaching racket that took away his father and wiped out his beloved elephant's family.

Director Rohan Sippy reveals that the idea came to him because of his three-year old daughter who has brought back memories of some of the films he loved watching as a child.

"I grew up before television arrived on the scene so the biggest treat for my friends and me was when my dad (Ramesh Sippy) would bring a projector home and screen 'Haathi Mere Saathi' for us. That was one film I watching on every birthday for at least three-four years. And that's what triggered off the idea of Junglee," he informs.

The director plans to shoot with an actual elephant but as with Jungle Book and the 3D battle sequences in 'Game of Thrones', technology will play a role in making the shoot easy and the film larger-than-life.

Vidyut who has lived in Kerala, learnt Kalaripayattu there, grown up in the midst of nature and with all cats, dogs and elephants as friends, connected with the subject instantly.

"I am a huge animal lover and this is a great adventure drama," he avers, adding that since he heard the narration, he has been working with the team to create a new kind of action that no one in the world has seen yet.

Rohan admits that he's loved Vidyut since he saw him for the first time in 'Force'. "With an actor like Vidyut you can design a choreography-style of action. Films that we can enjoy as a family need to comeback," he maintains. (ANI)