Jumbo (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Kompin Kemgumnird
Produced by Percept Picture Company
Starring Akshay Kumar,
Rajpal Yadav,
Lara Dutta,
Gulshan Grover,
and Yuvraj Singh
Narrated by Akshay Kumar
Music by Ram Sampath
Release date
  • 25 December 2008 (2008-12-25)
Running time
89 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 31.5 crore (US$4.9 million)
Box office 2.91 crore (US$450,000)

Jumbo is a 2008 Bollywood animation film directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, produced by Percept Picture Company and features the voices of Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Dimple Kapadia, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Gulshan Grover, and Yuvraj Singh.It has Yashveer Bains as lead role of Jumbo.[1] The film is an official remake/redubbing of the 2006 Thai film Khan Kluay.[2] The film was dubbed and released in Hindi and the creative direction on the Hindi film was by Mayur Puri. Jumbo released worldwide on Christmas Day 2008, but was met with poor critical reviews and turned out to be one of the biggest box office disasters of the year.[3] In 2011 A direct to DVD sequel titled Jumbo 2: The Return of the Big Elephant was released.[4]

Kumar was reportedly paid nine crores for the dubbing and two promotional songs.[5][6]


The movie starts with Akshay Kumar singing the song "Everything's Gonna Be All Right" for the children in the school. He then begins talking to one child who seems to be depressed. He then narrates the story of Jumbo to this child.

Jumbo is a small blue elephant (voiced by Akshay Kumar) who grows up with his mother (voiced by Dimple Kapadia). His mother never reveals any details of his father and neither do the rest of the elephants in the herd. He is a happy go lucky elephant, who loves to play with the other animals of the jungle. Occasionally he would be confronted by the other elephants of the herd, who would bully him on the history of his father. Tired of being teased about his father's cowardice in some war, he confronts his mom again who somehow manages to rubbish the topic. One night he comes to know that a large army has come to the jungle, and they plan an overnight stay. In the hope of finding his father, Jumbo sets out to the camp, and manages to locate a tent that houses the royal elephant of that army. He goes in and politely asks the royal elephant about his father. All of a sudden the royal elephant turns very violent and Jumbo starts running for cover. In the meanwhile the soldiers standing outside see Jumbo running out of the tent and try to capture it. Jumbo manages to go into the tent of prince Vikramaditya. Vikramaditya then saves Jumbo from the soldiers. It is then revealed that Vikramaditya is the prince of a captured kingdom and is a POW. After running away from the camp Jumbo realizes that he is separated from his mother and is lost in the jungle. He wanders in the jungle for a while where he meets Sonia (voiced by Lara Dutta) a cute pink elephant. He meets some villagers and a wise old Mahout who is the guardian of Sonia. They teach him the art of war and also make him strong and confident. He grows up to be a well built and strong war elephant.

Prince Vikramaditya then calls for his whole kingdom to unite and fight against the oppressive rule of the enemy. Jumbo and his Mahout then go for a competition called by Vikramaditya, for the selection of the royal elephant. Jumbo finds his mother at Vikramaditya's court and she finally tells him the story of his father who was a war elephant and never returned after a war. They sneak into a tent which houses the ex-royal elephants, hoping to locate Jumbo's father. There they meet an old royal elephant who knows Jumbo's father. He then narrates what happened in the battle. He tells them that Jumbo's father was killed by Bakhtavar, the enemy's royal elephant, after a fierce battle.

Jumbo then set out with king Vikramaditya to avenge the death of his father. Jumbo shows the same strength and skill which his father possessed in his days. They challenge Bakhtavar for a one-on-one combat. Then follows a fierce battle between Jumbo and Bakhtavar, in which Jumbo kills Bakhtavar in the same manner that his father was killed. In the end Akshay, who is narrating the story to a small kid, again emphasises his words "everything's gonna be all right, chalteh hai side by side".



The soundtrack was composed and directed by Ram Sampath. The lyrics were penned by Israr Ansari, Munna Dhiman, Asif Ali Beg.[1] The album was released by T-Series.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Song Singers
1 "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" Kunal Ganjawala
2 "Chayee Madhoshiyan" Sona Mohapatra, Sonu Nigam
3 "Dil Mera Jumbo" Joi Barua
3 "Badhte Chalo" Sukhwinder Singh
4 "Jaya He" Krishna Beura
5 "Chayee Madhoshiyan" (Remix) Sona Mohapatra, Sonu Nigam


Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama rated it 3/5 and said "JUMBO is a sweet, sincere and simple film that works. Who knows, it may spring a surprise this Christmas. Recommended for kids from 6 to 60".[8] Gaurav Malani of Economic Times gave it 2/5 saying "Whether you are an Akshay Kumar aficionado or an animation genre fan, Jumbo won't appeal much to either. This time the animation format is enhanced but the storytelling is obsolete".[9] Khaled Mohamed from Hindustan Times gave it 1.5 out 5 and said "Forget comparisons with the Disney classics Bambi or Fantasia, or the more recent Finding Nemo and Madagascars. With round-the-clock exposure to the best animation in the world, you doubt even if pre-tweens will be enthralled by the caricatured animal life and the flat palette colours".[10]

Box office[edit]

Jumbo was released in a limited 300 screens, due to most of the screen space taken by Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini.[11] The film opened to a poor response, grossing 1.95 in its first week.[3] After four weeks the film had grossed 2.61 and was declared a disaster.[3]


The sequel Jumbo 2: The Return of the Big Elephant was released on 21 October 2011. It received negative reviews[4][12] and went unnoticed at the box office due to lack of promotion.


  1. ^ a b "Jumbo Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Amul Sharma (8 December 2008). "Akshay Kumar's Jumbo is official remake of Thai movie". Mid Day. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "All India 2008 (Figures in INR Crore". Box Office India. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Nikhat Kazmi (21 October 2011). "Jumbo 2: The Return Of The Big Elephant". Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Akshay Kumar's jumbo price for his 'Jumbo' voice!". Zee News. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Abid (22 October 2008). "Akshay Kumar's JUMBO voice for nine crores!". Glamsham. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jumbo Audio Cd". T-Series. Retrieved 1 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Taran Adarsh (24 December 2008). "Jumbo (2008) critic review Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Gaurav Malani (25 December 2008). "Jumbo: Movie Review". Economic Times. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Khaled Mohamed (26 December 2008). "Review: Jumbo". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Box Office Report for the Week". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Jhinuk Sen (22 October 2011). "Review: 'Jumbo 2' size disappointment". IBN Live. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 

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