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'Mowgli' explores colonialism, misappropriation of jungles: Andy Serkis

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

Andy says his iteration of "The Book", which is significantly darker than the earlier retellings of Rudyard Kipling's classic, deals with identity, colonialism and misappropriation of jungles.

Though "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle", was not shot in India, said he has stayed true to the story's Indian roots.

"In the book, there is a mention that when men come, there are brown men with drums and white men with guns. That for me is a very significant; small but very important passage that formed how we were going to set up different societies in 'The Book' storytelling," said while responding to a question posed by PTI at Netflix's "See What's Next: Asia" event here.

"Within the realms of magic realism and a metaphorical language, we are looking at the misappropriation of the jungles and man enters and there is expansion and colonialism and taking over the The metaphor of that..."

Featuring an ensemble cast of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Serkis, Freida Pinto, and Naomie Harris, the will have a theatrical release in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and on November 29. A week later, the will make its debut on

There is no word on whether the will get a theatrical release in and when asked about the same, Serkis assured that there is something that they have planned for the country.

"Well, I can't tell you what's happening. The film will be seen in I'm not sure if I can release the timings. But there will be very significant moment where this film begins its life in "

Indian-American child plays in the film, which has some of the biggest names from Hollywood, something that was difficult to manage for Serkis.

"The cast came through because of the script. They loved the story, particularly the way the script was adapted... It is an emotional journey and is rooted in the search for identity. The cast really responded to the underlined themes of the script, the fact that we live in a world that is challenged by identities. It is a very important topic at the moment."

The actor, who is considered the master when it comes to performance in films such as "Planet of the Apes" series, believes it is the future and will serve as a great tool in storytelling.

"I think we are in a very interesting state of flux in terms of how people want to receive their stories... Performance capture sits somewhere in the middle.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 17:00 IST