Netflix India has finally revealed the cast of the hindi version of Netflix’s forthcoming Mowgli film, titled Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle, and hold up till you hear the names that are on the list. Jungle jungle baat chali hai… pata chala hai… that in the Hindi adaptation of the film, Anil Kapoor voices the character of Mowgli’s loving guardian bear Baloo while Madhuri Dixit has been reserved to voice Mowgli’s wolf mother Nisha. Credits for the keen character of Kaa, the hypnotic python, will go to Kareena Kapoor while Abhishek Bachchan voices Mowgli’s guide and consultant Bagheera. Jackie Shroff plays Shere Khan! Seriously, how cool is that. In any case, it hasn’t been affirmed yet that Rohan Chand, who plays Mowgli in the English adaptation, will likewise dub in Hindi. Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle is a directorial task of actor-producer Andy Serkis, who plays Baloo in the English variant.
“So happy to be a part of a story I have loved all my life. He is ready to do whatever it takes to keep Mowgli alive. Wait for Bagheera in Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle on Netflix India on Dec 7,” tweeted Abhishek describing his role in the Netflix film. Talking about her part, Madhuri Dixit added: “Ferocious when provoked, especially when it comes to her man cub! Nisha brings the motherly instinct alive in Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle. So excited to be the voice behind Nisha.” Meanwhile, Anil Kapoor will bring Baloo alive: “Bringing the ‘bear necessities’ to Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle as Baloo, the tenacious mentor.” Jackie Shroff AKA Shere Khan, tweeted this: “Was an absolute privilege and total blast to dub for this character! I AM Shere Khan!”
So happy to be a part of a story I have loved all my life.
He is ready to do whatever it takes to keep Mowgli alive. Wait for Bagheera in Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle on @Netflixindia Dec 7. pic.twitter.com/ptK5IrvXUK
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) November 20, 2018
Ferocious when provoked, especially when it comes to her man cub! Nisha brings the motherly instinct alive in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. So excited to be the voice behind Nisha 🐺 @NetflixIndia Dec. 7 pic.twitter.com/Tlc9BsFWa6
— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) November 20, 2018
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) November 20, 2018
— Jackie Shroff (@bindasbhidu) November 20, 2018
On the other hand, the English-language version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book adaptation features the voice talents of Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Serkis himself as Baloo, Naomie Harris as Nisha, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan. Rohan Chand (Lone Survivor) plays Mowgli, while Matthew Rhys and Frieda Pinto have live-action roles as well.
The reason studios opt for b-town stars for the Hindi voice dubs of their Jungle Book adaptations is because of the story’s popularity in India. A Japanese anime series that was dubbed in Hindi and broadcast by Doordarshan in the 1990s is a big reason for that, thanks in part to the song “Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai”. Disney’s The Jungle Book is surprisingly the second highest-grossing Hollywood film of all-time in India, after Avengers: Infinity War.
Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle is set to be released on Netflix on a worldwide platform on December 7.
Here’s the Official Trailer Of The English Version Of Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle-