Gross BOC: ₹ 13.17 cr. The Indian Express film critic Shalini Langer gave The Lion King 3.5 stars. Updated, with newer scenes and more dialogues, all make an impact, from Knowles’s more assertive Nala, to Rogen-Eichner’s banter as Pumbaa-Timon, and Keegan-Michael Key and Eric André’s riffs as the scary-as-ever hyenas.”
“And that tuft of Simba’s hair, floating back to the Pride Lands, being picked up by Rafiki, and sending a ripple of hope through the kingdom ravaged by Scar since killing Mufasa? 0
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the latest box office figures of the movie and wrote, “#TheLionKing roars… Opens in double digits on Day 1… Trends better than #SpiderManFarFromHome [Day 1: ₹ 10.05 cr]… Biz will witness an upturn on Day 2 and 3, when kids and families throng cineplexes… Fri ₹ 11.06 cr. India biz. It had a fantastic start in China. In the Hindi dubbed version, Shah Rukh Khan has given his voice to Mufasa, while his son Aryan has lent his voice to the primary character, Simba. A lot of hype has been created around the film.”
He added, “They are doing a wide release. Well, this time it makes its way there travelling right down and up the food chain,” she added. All versions.”
Film trade analyst Girish Johar had earlier told indianexpress.com, “Disney is going all out in every country to promote The Lion King. Aryan Khan’s voice in the Hindi version has created a lot of noise. She wrote, “Where the film is allowed a freer hand is in re-imagining characters other than Simba, Mufasa and Scar. Everyone is going to watch the film at least once.”
Veteran actor James Earl Jones returns to voice Mufasa. The Disney team is trying to penetrate deeper into the Indian market by taking big stars in all three languages so that it could help them in promotions. They are doing every bit in their capacity to make it one of the biggest films. Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, and Beyoncé also voice different characters in The Lion King. It’s releasing in India in various languages.