Review – 3 Bahadur: Rise of the Warriors

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3 Bahadur isn’t just an animated film for kids; it’s a movement that saw the arrival of the animated industry in Pakistan. With their third and final installment, the series comes to an end but not before addressing important issues in Sharmeen Obaid – Chinoy’s usual style – talking to kids, the future of Pakistan. Unlike the last two films, this one has more action, more suspense, more twists and better animation which makes it a must-watch for kids who are or will be on their holiday break.

The Plot

With the world becoming a safe place thanks to the 3 Bahadur, Amna, Saadi and Kamil now find it hard to outshine others even if they weren’t using their superpowers. They didn’t have Deenu Chacha (Behroze Sabzwari) to consult since he was away on vacations and when he does return, he finds that the possibility of a drought is about to hit them all. In order to find a solution, he encounters Babushka (Nimra Bucha) while the kids befriend Erma (Mehwish Hayat) who entered our world while fighting each other. What happens to Babushka and Erma and how Deenu Chacha and his 3 Bahadur save the world from going dry, watch the film to know the answers.

The Good

All those who were expecting a simple story from Kamran Khan, the writer behind the last two films and the animation director helping director Sharmeen Obaid – Chinoy are in for a treat as they go big, very big here. The arrival of intergalactic beings, the portal that brings up an army that looks disgusting, the return of regular villains are interlinked with possible natural calamities such as drought which might become a reality sooner than we think. Through this film, Sharmeen takes the matter head on and decides to educate the kids who are more intelligent than most adults and might make a difference by being responsible citizens. Then there are the well-executed fight sequences between the characters from out-of-this-world and from this world; how does it end and does good triumphs over evil, you will know after watching the movie. The addition of extremely talented Mehwish Hayat and Nimra Bucha adds weight to the voice-over cast that already had Behroze Sabzwari, Sarwat Gillani, Fahad Mustafa and Khalid Malik besides the three kids.

The Bad

The soundtrack wasn’t as impressive as the last two films and while the songs of the first two 3 Bahadur films are still popular, the current one is good for one-time listening, even though it features Hadiqa Kiani and Asrar. The makers also miscalculated the love kids have for their characters and that’s why I am sure that they will face backlash on their decision to end the series; the end is neither sad nor depressing but it isn’t a happy one either. Also, the entry of Dettol Warriors could have been timed in a better way, both in the trailer and in the film as it looks forced. Had it been Commander Safeguard instead of the three heroes, that would have been grander but since you need brand support, Dettol it was.

The Verdict – Hit

Although the timings of the film’s release isn’t ideal as it is sharing screens with a much-advanced Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the highly successful The Donkey King, and will be reduced to fewer screens one week later with the release of Bumblebee and the much-anticipated Aquaman, it still remains kids’ favorite who love Kamil, Saadi and Amna for their superpowers. Had it been released a week earlier, it might have done even well but Sharmeen and the team like to beat the odds and there can be no bigger odds than so many films releasing in a span of a few days. The film targets kids and highlights important issues such as water scarcity, the possibility of drought and their repercussions which we aren’t taking seriously at the moment. The trilogy might have ended its run but the mission continues, although kids would love to see their favorite superheroes in action.

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