Rohan Chand, Freida Pinto Lead the Star-Studded ‘Mowgli’ Cast

Rudyard Kipling’s iconic character Mowgli is returning to the big screen in 2018. This year’s extravagant film is very different from 2016’s part CGI venture “The Jungle Book,” which starred Neel Sethi in the titular role of the young boy who is raised by a pack of wolves in the jungle. No, “Mowgli” promises to be a darker, more thrilling live-action adventure.

Based on the trailer, Rohan Chand’s Mowgli is a feral but fierce little kid who is striving to adjust with his reality, that of a human living amongst animals in a forest in India. His companions are a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera. Mowgli is beloved by his wolf pack and most of the animals but becomes the enemy of the lion Shere Khan.

Freida Pinto plays Messua, a woman living in a nearby village who adopts Mowgli believing him to be her long-lost son Nathoo.

I am beyond thrilled to share with the world , the first official trailer of MOWGLI. . . I remember, I wanted to be part of this film so bad, mainly because as an Indian girl growing up in Bombay, my childhood memories were all about Sundays with The Jungle Book series in Hindi and also because Rudyard Kipling wrote this children’s favourite book in India!! I had to represent! . . It was an absolute joy to team up again with the one and only, kindest and talented human, Andy Serkis who directed this version of the book that will finally be unveiled on October 19th 2018 ( a day after my birthday..woohoo!). . . Watch the new trailer for #Mowgli, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rohan Chand and ME! @mowglimovie #junglejunglepatachalahain

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Kipling’s short stories and fables about Mowgli have fueled our imagination as children as we read tales of his bravery and of  the moral lessons he learnt thanks to the precarious situations he was always put in. As adults, Mowgli provides a fresh narrative: it’s never been just about animal behavior but is actually about the human struggles of love, abandonment, family, self-assurance, companionship, obedience, laws, loyalty, all of which come alive in the form of the jungle animals.

The film “Mowgli” is clearly trying to hit on all of these notes with a gripping, realistic tone, which is different from past experiences of viewing a movie based on Kipling’s books. Chand, who previously starred in “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and “Jumanji,” brings his A game to this role. Pinto, who recently starred in Showtime’s “Guerrilla” and Hulu’s “The Path,” joins a cast with big names such as Matthew Rhys, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and Andy Serkis.

“Mowgli” is scheduled to release on October 19, 2018.

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