Child actor Neel Sethi, who will be essaying the role of Mowgli in the new "The Jungle Book", says he loves India because it is "home. "
Filmmaker Jon Favreau's upcoming 3D live - animation adventure fantasy film started the promotions here following a special press conference and exclusive India footage screening.
"I have been in India six to seven times as my grandparents live here. I love India because this is my home, " Neel said at the promotions here.
"It's damn cool and different shooting for this film, I have never done something like this before, " the 12 - year - old added.
The Indian - American actor is shown running for his life while surviving among various species of animals in a jungle in the trailer.
Asked about the reaction of his friends about the trailer, Neel said: "They all find it really cool, but they don't realise how big it is. At home also there is no special star treatment at all. "
Neel said that shooting the film was a "very different" experience.
"While shooting, it was very different. I was jumping from one platform to the other, but when you see the film it looks like a 400 - feet jump. The first time when I watched the film, it was cool, " he added.
"The Jungle Book", which features voices by actors like Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Christopher Walken, is an all - new live - action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man - cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves.
The film will release in India on April 8, a week before it releases in US.