Twenty-six years ago a German film came out, which was very good for children around the world. The film by director Wolfgang Peterson was titled ‘The NeverEnding Story’, which was based on the novel of the same name by German writer Michael Ande. The story of this fantasy film was that a ten-year-old child runs away from the bookstore with a book. It was a book of magic. The child starts thinking what he thinks after reading it. The film’s massive success was followed by two more parts.
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Exciting world of dreams
Fantasy films appeal to children because they infuse inspirational energy with entertainment, feather their imaginations and take them on an exciting world of dreams. Sadly, there are very few such films made in India. Shekhar Kapoor’s’ Mr. After the success of ‘India’ and Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, it was felt that the process of such films would be intensified here too, but nothing like this happened.
Did not succeed
In 2003, Soumitra Ranade created ‘Jajantram Mamantram’, based on the stories of Gulliver. The over-acting of Javed Jaffrey, Gulshan Grover, Manav Kaul etc. took away the ease of this film. Vishal Bhardwaj’s’ The Blue Umbrella ‘and Amol Gupte’s’ Stanley Ka Dabba’, based on Ruskin Bond’s story, were good efforts, but they were called ‘Mr. India ‘or’ Koi Mil Gaya ‘did not succeed. The intelligence needed for children’s fantasy films has not been developed in Indian cinema. Then the budget is also a problem. Those who put money in such films are not easily found.
Continuation in Hollywood
In Hollywood, fantasy films for children are becoming frequent. Stories are also chosen for these, which will arouse interest in children. For example, during an experiment in Walt Disney’s “Honey, I Shrink the Kids”, a scientist reduces the size of four children, including their sons and daughters, to become insects. In another film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, five children arrive at a factory where everything is made of chocolate.
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Children will clash with aliens
Hollywood has made another fantasy film ‘We Can Be Heroes’, which is to premiere digital on 25 December. Priyanka Chopra has also played an important role in it. Director Robert Rodriguez made ‘The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl’ in 3D five years ago. We Can Be Heroes is the sequel to that. In it, aliens attack the world (this is Hollywood’s favorite formula) and take all Super Heroes hostage. The head of their headquarters (Priyanka Chopra) locks the children of Super Heroes in a cellar. All children are equipped with earthly powers. Apparently, they will run from the basement and be haunted by aliens. Children of fantasy films can do anything. If they want, they can set fire to water and turn the fire into water. Stop me if you can.