Junglee (transl. Wild) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action-adventure film directed by American filmmaker Chuck Russell and produced by Junglee Pictures. Starring Vidyut Jammwal, Pooja Sawant, Asha Bhat, and Atul Kulkarni in the lead roles, the film revolves around a veterinary doctor who upon returning to his father’s elephant reserve, encounters and fights against an international poacher’s racket. The film features martial arts and action stunts performed by Jammwal.
The initial release date was moved up a week to give the action thriller Romeo Akbar Walter a solo release.Initially scheduled for release on 19 October 2018, and then for 5 April, it was released on 29 March 2019. Critics have given the film mixed reviews, praising the action scenes performed by Jammwal himself.
Dipankar Nair runs an Elephant sanctuary but things have turned bad as hunters are frequently killing Elephants for their tusks. His son Raj, a veterinarian in Mumbai, arrives for the 10th anniversary of his mother’s death and visits with Bhola and Didi, his elephant playmates when he was a child. Keshav, a hunter, has an eye on huge tusks of Bhola which could fetch good money. Keshav kills Bhola for his tusks and also Dipankar who tries to save him. The cops arrive at funeral of Dipankar and falsely implicate him of being with hunters and also frame Raj for it. After being taken into the prison, he, whose hands are still banded. But he still fights them all, and frees himself after Didi pulls the window out with Shankara, Raj’s childhood friend, as her mahout, with Meera, a reporter who has come with Raj to write an article on the elephant sanctuary. Raj also reveals to them that the Inspector who framed him for being with hunters, is one of that group who supports elephant’s tusk smuggling. Dev, Raj’s best friend, is also revealed to be with the hunters. Dev and Raj fight, after which the hunters come. They injure Raj badly, but kill Dev, who in turn, was in a bid to save Raj. The hunters also capture Shankara, while Meera captures all this. Gajja Guru, Raj’s teacher, treats Raj, with Meera. Raj, with a dead hunter’s phone, gets to know that the buyers are in Paradip, where Shankara is also kept. Raj attacks the mansion, and kills all bodyguards and hunters. He saves Shankara, and there Meera and Jayesh(another childhood friend of Raj) also arrive. Raj attacks Keshav and makes him nearly fainted, and goes to save the others, in that Keshav picks up his gun, but Gajja Guru and Didi arrive, in which Didi kills Keshav. The buyers are captured by the police. Whereas inside, Didi is about to deliver her baby. Three months later, Dipankar Nair’s last message is shown, in which he tells that elephants are killed every 15 minutes for their tusks, and that we can still stop that by not buying products made of ivory. Didi’s child Asha is also shown to Meera’s millions of followers. When Raj receives a call from his office, he replies that it will be a while before he is back at work because ‘Things have gotten a bit wild out here!’
Vidyut Jammwal as Raj
Pooja Sawant as Shankara
Asha Bhat as Meera
Atul Kulkarni as Keshav Kotian
Akshay Oberoi as Dev
Makarand Deshpande as Gajja Guru
Thalaivasal Vijay as Dipankar Nair
Kushal Menon as Don
Lars Kjellsen as Mr Vane