BY ANUJ RADIA

The first trailer for the much-delayed Andy Serkis film titled Mowgli has made its entrance the digital space on the internet and it is by far the darkest retelling of the Rudyard Kipling’s classic 19th-century tale of the boy who grew up in the jungles of India.

The two minutes long trailer opens with Mowgli trapped in a cage by the village people while Bale’s brawny voice is heard saying, “You have only heard stories of the jungle. I lived in King’s palace in a cage just like this.” We are then introduced to a CGI animated Bagheera (voiced by Christian Bale) and it captures one’s attention almost immediately.

Benedict Cumberbatch formidably voices Shere Khan heard saying, “My, My, how you’ve grown!”, Andy Serkis, who is recognised for voicing CGI characters like Gollum in the Lord of the Rings, becomes the awaaz for Baloo the bear.

We also catch a glimpse of Cate Blanchett also makes an appearance in last few seconds as Kaa the python and it is reminiscent of her daunting avatar as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok last.

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Rohan Chand plays the titular Mowgli and the film’s cast also includes Serkis’ Planet Of the Apes co-star Freida Pinto, possibly in the role of Messua.

Mowgli has been in the production since 2015 but was beaten to a punch by the Disney’s 2016 film The Jungle Book by Jon Favreau.

Starring Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson, the massively successful fantasy adventure film sought to find a balance between Kipling’s original works and the animated adaptations. Serkis’ Mowgli, which is going to be a huge step away from the previous film, promises to be a lot more loyal to Kipling’s stories.

The CGI footage in Mowgli features some genuinely stunning shots as well as some astonishingly threatening beasts. Several scenes especially stand out like the one where a bruised Shere Khan makes an entry or when one of the Monkey screams, who shouts at the camera.

It is phenomenal to see an array of A-list Hollywood stars in an authentic Indian story.

Mowgli releases on October 19.