|Kizhakku Africavil Sheela|
|Music by||Bappi Lahiri|
Kizhakku Africavil Sheela (transl. Sheela in East Africa) is a 1987 Indian Tamil-language film produced and directed by Dwarakish. A remake of the 1986 Kannada film Africadalli Sheela and inspired by the works featuring Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, the film stars Suresh, Sahila Chadha, Nizhalgal Ravi and Kanchana.
A doctor (Nizhalgal Ravi) goes deep into the dark continent of Africa with his wife to help tribals. The couple are killed before that can be done, and their daughter is raised by apes, growing up to be Sheela (Sahila Chadha). The doctor's father sends an expedition to search for his son. Unknown to him, the members of this expedition have other goals. How one of the expedition's members (Suresh) checkmates their moves and does the rescue forms the rest of the plot.
Kizhakku Africavil Sheela is a remake of the 1986 Kannada film Africadalli Sheela, and was also inspired by the works featuring Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. The film was shot predominantly in Zimbabwe. Directed by Dwarakish, it was also produced by him under his banner Dwarakish Chitra. Sahila Chadha, who starred as the eponymous Sheela in Kannada, reprised her role in the remake.
Release and reception
Kizhakku Africavil Sheela was released on 14 January 1987. In a review dated 6 February 1987, The Indian Express felt the film largely resembled the "listless" television series Appu Aur Pappu as it was "stilted and trashy" like the dubbed Telugu action films that were common in that era. The reviewer criticised the characterisation of the villains, but praised the "catchy disco rhythms" composed by Bappi Lahiri, and Disco Shanti's "raw appeal".
- "Trashy". The Indian Express. 6 February 1987. p. 14.
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