“Writing scripts for animation movies is certainly different in comparison to live action movies. The dialogues and scripts cannot be overstretched and, hence, have to be as compressed short so that the whole story gets conveyed,” says Girish Dhamija, who is writing the dialogues and also co-writing the script of his first animation feature Ab Dilli Door Nahi (ADDN).
Directed and produced by Nikhil Advani, the 3-D animation work for the film is being done at the Pune-based animation studios ‘Krayon Pictures’. “Ab Dilli Door Nahi is about a realistic problem that involves animals and nature, where jungles are shrinking, thus, leaving hardly any place for animals,” says Dhamija.
The film, which traces the journey of animals from Mumbai to Delhi, revolves around a leopard family consisting of three members, namely Sultan (Suniel Shetty), Sultan’s wife Begum (Urmila Matondkar) and the cub Yuvraj (Ayesha Takia).
ADDN starts with a song sequence which portrays the leopard family as a ‘happy family’ that lives in Mumbai National Park. One day, a builder arrives on the scene and kills Sultan with further plans of construction in the park. Soon after this incident, a meeting is called at Kanheri Caves (an actual place in Mumbai National Park) where senior members of the herd decide to evacuate the place. This diktat is, however, objected to by Yuvraj, since he and his friends, have spent their whole life there and have loving memories of that place.
This sequence marks the entry of a filmi parrot (Akshaye Khanna) who is a ‘NRJ’ (Non Resident Junglee), and has spent his life with the film fraternity in Mumbai. Discovered by a pigeon (who had earlier worked in Maine Pyar Kiya) and rescued by all the animals of the park, the parrot tells the herd about their rights and something called the ‘Parliament’, where all the key decisions are made. The rest of the film traces the journey of animals from Mumbai to the Parliament in Delhi, where the animals fight for their rights, finally leading to a favorable decision stopping all construction activities at the National Park.
Boman Irani and Govinda have also done the voiceovers for a bear and monkey, respectively, in the film.