For those who don’t know, Chota Bheem is quite the hottest cartoon character on Nickelodeon these days. Girls love him and boys want to be like him.
He is supposed to be based on the mythological character Bheema from Mahabharatha who was known for his great strength. However, the cartoon version of Bheem has very little in common with the original apart from his great strength.
The story in the movie starts with Bheem and his circle of friends having fun in Dholakpur heedless of the danger that is uncoiling close by. Damyaan an immortal Icchadaari Nag (snake in human form) lies dormant in the desert of Sonapur condemned by a curse. He needs someone to dig him free. Damyaan’s snake associates manage to ensnare King Indra Varma of Dholakpur to dig for treasure in Sonapur. Bheem, Chutki, Kalia, Raju, Bholu, Dholu and Jaggu accompany the king to Sonapur, although they have reservations about the treasure.
Things quickly go awry once the king frees Damyaan. The king, Bheem, and all their friends are imprisoned. It is now upto Bheem to free the king and destroy the evil Damyaan. This he manages to do using time travel techniques, magic, help from friends and well-wishers, and of course his famous strength and courage.
Our thoughts on the movie
The movie plot was entertaining enough, even if it was a bit contrived and copy-pasted from other movies. For example, to destroy Damyaan, Bheem has to focus on three rings (does that ring a bell to Fantasy buffs?). The movie was also extremely loud and scary in parts and I could feel that smaller children were a bit uncomfortable.
To me, the movie was average in terms of plot and special effects. Essentially, the same elements of the TV show were reproduced on screen, which made it seem rather stale. The movie also dragged on a wee bit too long.
Overall, this movie is strictly for hard-core Chota Bheem fans only. Even the snubnose who looves Chota Bheem came away not so thrilled.