Aabra Ka Daabra is a 2004 Hindi fantasy film directed by Dheeraj Kumar and starring Vishal Lalwani, Athit Naik, Hansika Motwani and Satish Kaushik. It is inspired by the Hollywood film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and is India's first 3D Plus film.
The film tells the story of Shanu Singh, a young boy who lives with his magician father Rahul and his mother Shivani. Shanu inherits his father's magical powers and is invited to study at the Parilok School of Magic, where he meets new friends and faces many challenges. He also learns that his father's death was not an accident, but a murder by his evil uncle Jadugar Kaaka and his son Shakaal. Shanu must use his magic to stop them from destroying the world of magic and his family.
Aabra Ka Daabra was released on 24 December 2004 and received mixed reviews from critics. The film was praised for its special effects and performances, but criticized for its weak plot and direction. The film was also a box office flop, failing to recover its budget of â¹120 million.
However, the film has gained a cult following among children who enjoy its fantasy elements and magical adventure. The film is available to watch online in high definition (1080p) on various streaming platforms.Aabra Ka Daabra features a large ensemble cast of actors from Bollywood and television. Vishal Lalwani plays the role of Shanu Singh, the protagonist who discovers his magical abilities. Athit Naik plays the role of Pinky, Shanu's best friend and sidekick. Hansika Motwani plays the role of Rani, Shanu's love interest and classmate. Satish Kaushik plays the dual role of Shanu's father Rahul and his evil uncle Jadugar Kaaka. Anupam Kher plays the role of Parilok's principal and Shanu's mentor. Shweta Tiwari plays the role of Miss Sanjana, Shanu's teacher and Rahul's friend. Prabhu Deva plays the role of Shanu's dance instructor. Archana Puran Singh plays the role of Parilok's librarian. Johnny Lever plays the role of a talking book. Other actors include Om Puri, Shashi Sharma, Hemant Pandey, Ehsaan Qureshi and Naveen Bawa.
The film was made with a high budget of â¹120 million, which was spent mostly on the special effects and 3D technology. The film used a combination of computer-generated imagery (CGI), animatronics, prosthetics and optical illusions to create the magical world of Parilok and its creatures. The film also used a special camera rig called 3D Plus, which allowed the viewers to experience the film in stereoscopic 3D without wearing glasses. The film was shot in various locations in India, such as Mumbai, Lonavala, Ooty and Hyderabad.
Aabra Ka Daabra is one of the few Indian fantasy films for children that have been made in recent years. Some other examples are Aladin (2009), starring Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez; Joker (2012), starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Shreyas Talpade; and Brahmastra (2022), starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan. These films also feature elements of magic, adventure and comedy, but have different themes and styles. aa16f39245