In review: 3Bahadur - The revenge of Baba Balaam
3Bahadur - The revenge of Baba Balaam has been on our must watch list ever since Waadi Animations and ARY Films announced the movie. Being Pakistan’s first animated film, people fell in love with the gutsy trio of the 11-year-olds Amna, Saadi and Kamil, who fight against evil to save their community.
Read: 3 Bahadur: Politics, power and puppies
The movie, which features voices of Behroze Sabzwari, Ahmed Ali Butt, Fahad Mustafa, Sarwat Gillani, Zeba Shahnaz, Khalid Malick, Faheem Khan, Ali Gul Pir and Mustafa Changezi is a sequel of 3Bahadur released last year and received great feedback.
The sequel introduces a new villain named Baba Balaam, who claims that power is only used for governance and is successful in dividing the children. But as the story progresses, the children find a way back to each other and fight Balaam to free their mentor, Deenu Chacha from his captivity.
Read: 3 Bahadur is the highest grossing animated movie in Pakistan
The movie as the director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy had earlier said is an entertainer for all ages. Here is our list of 5 things we liked about the movie:
The setting of the movie was relatable:
The setting of the movie is based in a small town called ‘Roshan Basti’ which looks a lot like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, making it relatable for the audience. The dhabas, billboards, dood walas and children playing on the streets, reminds us of our neighbourhoods.
The jokes were genuinely funny:
The jokes are light yet funny, like Mittu the parrot keeps saying ‘Urh gayai totay’, pun intended. On the other hand, the song Band Baj Gaya is upbeat and funky, where the villains pour their heart out and voice their insecurities. Their powerlessness and hunger is perfectly depicted through the chorus ‘Mujhey Bhook Lagi hai’ that makes us giggle every time.
The fights were emotionally connectable:
The three main leads of the movie Amna, Saadi and Kamil portray a strong bond of friendship. Their arguments with each other over issues, like losing the sports day races, and other misunderstandings that occurr along the way of them saving the day are emotional and heartfelt. It makes us connect with them, leaving us thinking about our own friendships.
It was an entertainer with a message:
Whilst we heard kids laughing and enjoying themselves throughout the movie, they were given a message that 'with great power comes great responsibility' and that good friendship goes a long way. Nevertheless, the story wasn't only restricted for kids, it had a good message for adults, specifically parents who are struggling to bring up their children in today’s difficult times. The story beautifully sketches the worries of parents who are not able to trust the given era, but later realise that they should trust their children above everything.
Behroze Sabswari aces the voice of Deenu Chacha:
Although all the voice-over artists did a great job, growing up seeing Behroze Sabswari on Television made me connect to Deenu Chacha. His convincing dialogues made me listen to him even more keenly.
From the beginning of the movie till the end, it was a feeling of pride that Pakistan has now come up with such a good animated movie. Recently, also learning that there were approximately 50 people working on the film who completed the movie in less than two years, makes us feel proud. It motivates us to own our country and give back to it.
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