Delhi Safari

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Delhi Safari
Delhi Safari Poster.jpg
Indian theatrical release poster
Directed byNikkhil Advani
Produced by
Written by
Story byNikkhil Advani
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Edited byAarif Sheikh
Distributed by
Release date
  • 7 June 2012 (2012-06-07) (Annecy)
  • 17 October 2012 (2012-10-17) (India)
Running time
92 minutes
  • Hindi
  • English

Delhi Safari is a 2012 Indian bilingual stereoscopic 3D computer-animated comedy feature film directed by Nikkhil Advani. It has been produced by Krayon Pictures (a Pune-based 3D animation studio). The film is based on a story and concept by Advani and features the voices of Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Sunil Shetty, Boman Irani, and Urmila Matondkar. The screenplay of the film is written by Girish Dhamija and Suresh Nair. The film traces the journey of five animals and birds from Mumbai to Delhi.[1] The music of the film is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the lyrics are penned by Sameer. It is India's first stereoscopic 3D animation feature film.[2] The film released in India on 17 October 2012. Delhi Safari has been granted exemption from entertainment tax in the states of Maharashtra and Delhi.[3] At the 60th National Film Awards, it won the National Film Award for Best Animated Film. The English version of the film has voices by Tom Kenny, Jason Alexander, Cary Elwes, Tara Strong, Christopher Lloyd, Jane Lynch, Vanessa Williams and Brad Garrett. The international sales of the film is being handled by Fantastic Films International. The film was released in the United States on 7 December 2012.[4] Delhi Safari received a 15% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a 35/100 in Metacritic.


Delhi Safari[5] is the story of a journey undertaken by a leopard cub, his mother, a monkey, a bear and a parrot when the forest they live in is on the verge of destruction. Builders have encroached upon their forest and the animals decide to go to Delhi and protest in front of the parliament and ask the parliament some very simple yet pertinent questions they were thinking of– why has man become the most dangerous animal? Doesn't man understand that if the forests and the animals don't co-exist with humans, the balance of the ecosystem will be endangered?

The film starts with Yuvraj (or 'Yuvi', for short) (Swini Khara in the Original Hindi Version) saying that he lost his father, Sultan (Sunil Shetty) in the morning, but doesn't want to lose his home at any cost. The film carries a flashback of the morning with Yuvi and Sultan playing in the forest and Sultan teaching self-defence to Yuvi while his mother, Begum (Urmila Matondkar) enters. The two mock her for her too much caring attitude towards son that gets Begum angry and she goes. Soon, Begum forgives Sultan and Yuvraj (following a song - her one weakness). However, while coming back, a whole pack of bulldozers come from nowhere and proceed to demolish the surrounding jungle. Begum manages to escape, but Yuvi and Sultan are trapped. The two try to protest bulldozers but land at a site in the forest where they see all the trees missing. In a bid to save Yuvi, Sultan catches Yuvi in his mouth and tosses him to Begum. However, he himself is killed by a human wielding a shotgun, making the whole forest a large enemy of the humans. A talk happens with attendants of all the animals in the area. Many believe that leaving their homes is the only way to survive; however, Bajrangi, a monkey (Govinda), says that he would beat out the wits of those men with his so-called "vanarsena” - Marela (Sanjai Mishra) and Bharela (Saurabh Shukla), but Bagga the bear (Boman Irani) advises him to talk to humans and Bajrangi asks whether there is anyone who knows the language of humans. A white bird, seemingly a pigeon, Hawa Hawaai (Deepak Dobriyal) pipes up, saying he knows someone who knows both animal and human languages. Yuvi meets the white bird the next day, and asks who is the one he said about. The white bird says the animal he spoke of is Alex (Akshaye Khanna), a parrot who lives with a director, Vikram Khosla. Bajrangi, his "army" of two monkeys, Hawa Hawaai, Bagga and Yuvi go and kidnap the parrot and convince him to go to Delhi with them to talk to the parliament and save their land. Initially refusing, Alex agrees to go to Delhi. Begum, Bagga, Bajrangi and his army board a train to Delhi from Mumbai. After some time Yuvi joins them and Alex refuses to continue until Bajrangi drops his weapons,which he reluctantly does after Bagga hangs him upside down. They then reach Gujarat with guidance of road from Raju, a bat. In Gujarat they meet flamingos and a couple who give them shelter in their homes. One of the flamingos strictly advises them not to cross the banyan tree to avoid the wolf Kaalia (Prem Chopra) and his gang. But Bajrangi goes there and ties Alex using a rope for Kaalia to kill him so that no one can doubt him. Yuvi spots Bajrangi and confronts him but they are spotted by Kaalia. Begum arrives in time to save them.

After this incident Alex pretends to have lost his voice. The animals consult a doctor Jadibuti Baba a turtle who prescribes some ayurvedic medicines of sandalwood, rose, guava to recover Alex's voice, claiming that he has hypertension, stress and high blood pressure. Bajrangi wholeheartedly does the hard work, sometimes himself getting injured. One day he gets to know that Alex was just pretending and chases him leading himself to inadvertently hit a beehive. All the animals run with bees chasing them. A thrilling experience of trains follows after which Bajrangi tells Alex how guilty he feels of thinking to kill him. Alex also realizes how selfish he was and decides to help animals to help them to justice. Begum tells that no one is going to Delhi after listening to a tiger's story of how he only survived death at a human's hands by being a coward and forsaking his old ways; thankfully, following a pep talk and seeing Sultan's spirit and Yuvi who inspires them, Begum changes her mind and with renewed hope, proceeds to Delhi. They finally reach Delhi and tell their message through Alex to the Prime Minister of the country that they want peace between humans and animals and how this young little cub Yuvi inspired all of them to go to Delhi despite all the incidents. In the last scene, it is shown the jungle is saved courtesy of a shared land act (with the area being called the "Sanjay Gandhi National Park-Borivali") and all are happy and settled. The film ends with all animals settled in the Jungle with Yuvi seeing his father's spirit and Begum together happy and Yuvi smiling.


Hindi Version[edit]

English Version[edit]


Theatrical release[edit]

Delhi Safari was theatrically released in India on 19 October 2012.

International releases[edit]

Home media[edit]

Delhi Safari was released on DVD in following countries


Critical response[edit]

Govinda was praised by critics for his performance.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 15% based on 13 reviews.[6] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 37 out of 100 based on 6 critics.[7]Times of India gave Delhi Safari 3 stars.[8] Rohit Khilnani of rediff gave it 3.5 stars and called it a must watch.[9] Roshni Devi of koimoi gave it 2.5 stars.[10] Social film rating site MOZVO gave it 3.5 stars putting it in Recommended category.[11] Multiple critics noted Delhi Safari's out-of-date and subpar animation. Some people noted that the character Alex the Parrot's lack of flight skills and fondness of the domesticated life was similar to the character Blu from Blue Sky Studios' Rio. Others felt that the story of Yuvi's father's death and his later appearance as a ghost was ripping off the story of Simba from Disney's The Lion King. The film was also widely criticized for its unoriginal plot, many believing the "Animal road-trip" and "stop the humans" storylines to be too similar to Dreamwork's Madagascar and Warner Brothers' Happy Feet, respectively. Despite criticism, it was awarded National Film Award for Best Animated Film at the 60th National Film Awards with a citation "Animation and animal kingdom come together in showcasing the enormous significance of harmonious cohabitation of humans and nature. State-of the-Art Indian technology employed in this film should make us proud!".[12]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed 2.2 crore (US$320,000) during its entire run in india. In the United States, it grossed $4,334 in 20 screens in its first weekend.[13] The film was released in South Korea in 2013 where it grossed US $1.83 million and China in 2014 where its lifetime collection is US$1.27 million[14]


Delhi Safari qualified for the 2012 Oscars, and was listed in the "reminder list" for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature and Original Score.

Year Name of Competition/Award Category Result Recipient
2012 FICCI BAF AWARDS 2012 Best Animated Feature Film [Theatrical Release] Won Krayon Pictures[15]
2013 60th National Film Awards Best Animated Film Won Producer(s): Anupam Patil,Kishore Patil(Krayon Pictures)
Director: Nikhil Advani
Animator: Rafique Shaikh[12]
Infocom Assocham EME awards 2013 Best Animated Feature Won Delhi Safari


Delhi Safari
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelArtist Aloud
Shankar Ehsaan Loy chronology
Delhi Safari


All lyrics are written by Sameer; all music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Track list
1."Dil Ki Safari"Shankar Mahadevan, Raman Mahadevan, Shivam Mahadevan, Hamsika Iyer, Swini Khara4:17
2."Meri Duniya Terey Dam Se"Shekhar Ravjiani, Mahalakshmi Iyer & Shivam Mahadevan3:58
3."Aao Re Pardesi"Karsan Sargathia, Tarannum Mallik3:58
4."Dhadak Dhadak"Shankar Mahadevan, Raghubir Yadav2:14
5."Jungle Mein Mangal"Shankar Mahadevan3:05


All lyrics are written by John Majkut and Ian Nickus; all music is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Track list
1."Delhi Safari"Vanessa Williams, Keri Larson, Tom Kenny, John Fluker, Carlos Alazraqui, Tara Strong, Alvin Chea CHEA, Fred Tatasciore,Christine Miller4:17
2."To Forgive... To Forget"Vanessa Williams, John Fluker2:10
3."All Day Party,Dance"Tom Kenny, John Fluker,Carlos Alazraqui, Alvin Chea, Christine Miller, Keri Larson3:23
4."We're on Our Way Now"Vanessa Williams,Christine Miller ,Tom Kenny, Keri Larson, John Fluker, Alvin Chea,Carlos Alazraqui2:14
5."A Mighty Forest There is Not"Brian George3:05
6."Alex's Song"Tom Kenny1:10

The title track was among shortlisted 75 songs which were contender for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards.[16]


Krayon Pictures announced a sequel Beijing Safari which they will co-produce with Chinese production house Heshan Media. Writer Tab Murphy, Oscar Nominee for Gorillas in the Mist will write the film and Annie Award winner Daniel St. Pierre is set to direct the film. This will be an English language film with budget around $20 million[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Ab Dilli Door Nahin'
  2. ^ "> All About Cinema... >Delhi Safari to hit the screens in February". 7 January 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
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  4. ^ Minovitz, Ethan (17 October 2012). "Kids' Delhi Safari Hits U.S. Theaters December 7". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Delhi Safari". 8 August 2011. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes Delhi Safari Review". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Metacritic Delhi Safari Review Metascore". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Delhi Safari". Times of India. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Review: Delhi Safari is a fun film". rediff. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Delhi Safari Review". koimoi. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Delhi Safari Review". MOZVO. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  12. ^ a b "60th National Film Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau (PIB), Govt. of India.
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  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "75 Original Songs Tune Up For 2012 Oscar®". 11 December 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. Delhi Safari" from "Delhi Safari
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