Uday, a young photojournalist on assignment in the jungles of the Sundarbans, rescues a white tiger cub ensnared in a poacher’s trap and brings the cub to a small settlement he is based in. Soon, panic among the villagers sets in. In order to bring calm back to the villagers, the forest warden takes the cub away.Wikipedia
Roar can’t boast of big names and perfect acting skills but it can always show you something that you didn’t even know existed in India. Yes, CGI is largely responsible for it but even then somebody had to use it judiciously. Sadanah, also the editor of Roar, has somehow managed to keep the tempo satisfactory till the end. In my opinion, Roar deserves your attention because it’s a smartly executed film.
You'd be naive to go into this one looking for top grade acting or direction but if you have liked any adventure film starring Dwayne Johnson, then the Sunderbans are the place for you.
Those who are not hooked onto Hollywood films won't mind watching (former actor) Kamal Sadanah's ambitious directorial debut, which can be applauded for its novelty and decent VFX. Kamal has dared to make an animal-centric thriller, a genre unexplored in Bollywood.
I am glad Roar could atleast make me laugh. Because the film is so pointless that it doesn’t serve anything it attempts to or thought of achieving. In the end, you come out with both a headache from all the stupidity you had to witness and a stomach ache from all the laughing. I am going with a zero. I wasted enough time writing about my harrowing experience and stars aren’t needed beyond that.
At times the film looks like an extension of Save Tiger campaign. Story of the film is weak. Roar may be a good attempt but director Kamal Sadanah shouldn't expect accolades yet.If you enjoy films like Anaconda, then go for it. Roar might just heal your wounds inflicted by Happy New Year.
Roar makes little sense...A friend summed it up best. "The audience will need tiger balm after seeing Roar."
On the whole, despite its decent VFX work, ROAR: TIGERS OF THE SUNDARBANS is a weak film.
Their whole approach to hunt the tiger borders on the ridiculous at times. In between all the tiger hunting, there is also a molestation attempt, of one of the women that is. It is hard to understand the characters and their motivations, they are way too superficial. The special effects are a mixed bag, the odd one is impressive while some of it looks fake. The acting also borders on the amateurish. On the whole, these tigers are not burning too bright.
Director Kamal Sadanah has done a genuinely remarkable job at shooting this film. The camera work is at par with any big-budget Hollywood film. The cinematography showcases the flora and fauna of the Sundarbans on a grand scale. It also helps elevate the daffy tension in the narrative. The credits scenes show you how the chroma shots were converted into the final visuals. And that really is the big victory for this movie. The special effects are superlative.
Good attempt Kamal Sadanah. It takes the brave to explore the lives of the tigers. At least it was better than BANG BANG and HAPPY NEW YEAR put together!
By the time the credit rolls, it’s evident that the intention of the film is to throw light on the depleting number of tigers in the country. But the journey to get the message is too slippery and full of loopholes. However, if you’re looking for a series of inadvertent laughs, then you’ll do just fine.
You may not think much of the characters’ shallow shindigs during the time of exceptional stress. But one thing is for sure. You’ve never seen anything like this in Hindi cinema.
Despite the intent to highlight a topical issue, the unintelligent plot reduces it into a movie of irrelevance.
In short, Roar is a terrible film, made with the best of technology and access available at Bollywood’s disposal. Director Kamal Sadanah obviously frittered away all sense and logic at the edit table. We can only hope the’ tigers don’t stalk their prey into any theatres. With so few of them left, a glimpse of Roar might just make them suicidal.
An interesting film failed by bad direction and terrible acting...
I feel for the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign. But if a film about a tiger, such as this, was in front of you, I would suggest that you save yourself first.
Audience Reviews for Roar
Roar- Tigers of the Sundarbans, an absolutely unconventional movie by debutant director Kamal Sadanah, had the potential to be a great flick. The movie has some stunning shots of the natural beauty of the Sundarbans (Bengal). A plot with man-animal relationship. Ang Lee gave us a beautiful movie Life of Pi where this relationship was explored and picturized / presented in a very unique manner. Roar lacked a coherent script / presentation.
Uday, a young photojournalist, who is in Sunderbans to make a documentary on wild lives, rescues a white tiger cub trapped by a poacher. Uday brings the cub to his place where he was staying in the village. The villages get panicked when they see Uday carrying the cub along with him. Anchit Kaur (an officer placed in village) takes the cub away. Uday gets attacked and killed by the mother Royal Bengal Tigress on that night. Uday’s brother Pandit (Abhinav Shukla), captain of an elite commando team, comes in search of his brother’s body. He gets neither the support of the villagers nor Anchit’s. Anchit refuses to get the search operation done for Uday’s body due to the danger zones of the forest. Pandit decides to search for Uday’s body on his own and also find out the Royal tigress so as to kill her. He gathers his commando team and sets off for his mission to kill the tigress. Uday’s local guide Madhu and a forest tracker Jhumpa joins Pandit for this mission.
What follows thereafter forms the story. The team met with lot of challenges on their way. Despite being trained soldiers, they find helpless at times in that land which belonged to wild creatures. White tigress eluded them and also manipulated them into her territory. Apart from tigers / tigress, snakes and crocodiles were also in the scene. Ultimately the hunter turns out to become the hunted. What happens towards the end? Could Pundit kill the tigress? Was his team intact even towards the end? Who wins ultimately?
Certain scenes are intriguing and also difficult to watch: a couple getting manually covered up by millions of honeybees as part of their ritual, thousands of snakes following Pandit’s gang etc.
Roar has definitely some great visuals in it, with amazing shots of the landscape.