‘The Jungle Book’ is Now Hollywood’s Top Grosser in India
Disney film earns more than ‘Fast and Furious 7’, 12 days after release
Mumbai: The Walt Disney Company’s latest film, The Jungle Book, has become the top grosser among Hollywood movies released in India.
Box office collections of the film in India touched .₹ 113.7 crore on Tuesday, 12 days after it was released, according to data provided by Disney India. The movie was screened in four languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu – in the country. The Jungle Book surpassed the India collections of Fast & Furious 7, which has amassed .₹ 111.5 crore since its release in April last year, according to market estimates. “The performance of the Hindi language version of the movie has been truly exceptional. It was so important for us to mount this movie in the best possible way as the story has such a legacy in our country,” said Amrita Pandey, VP - Studios, Disney India.
In the US, the film grossed $103.2 million in the opening April 15-17 weekend, movie website imdb.com said. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name, The Jungle Book was released in India on April 8, a week prior to its US release. The film collected .₹ 40.19 crore in the first weekend and reached the .₹ 100 crore mark in 10 days. On Tuesday, which was a holiday in parts of India, the film collected .₹ 6.37 cro- re, higher than the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Fan.’ “What made it even more special is that we were able to bring the movie to India a week before its North America release. We spent a lot of effort in creatively ensuring that the dubbed version was special,” Pandey said.
Disney India’s strategy for the film was designed keeping nostalgia in mind. It leveraged studio relationships in the Indian film industry and cast A-league actors in lead parts. The Hindi voice casting was amplified through social chatter.
The Hindi voice cast includes Priyanka Chopra as Kaa, Irrfan Khan as Baloo, Nana Patekar as Shere Khan, Om Puri as Bagheera and Bugs Bhargav as King Louis. In the English version, while the role of Mowgli is played by Indian American actor Neel Sethi, the voices of other characters are provided by Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong’o.
The localisation of dialogues was by Mayur Puri, who was roped in to bring in an elevated understanding in the translation and local nuances and cultural sensibilities.