There’s an abnormal amount of energy in the participants of Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey and it is difficult for some of us to understand what keeps them so bewildered. Everything about any jungle safari is interesting and exciting, but there’s something about the pink wagon that really starts your journey on a different note; Although, Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey is not a fictional series, there is something about the presence of the pink wagon which abnormally captures your attention.
The viewer is unable to concentrate on the Kenya based safari, the beautiful scenery, the picturesque, the lifestyle of Kenya mainly because of that particular pink wagon which keeps stealing your focus, and remind you of Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series who always donned on a pink attire on, while squeaking in a shrill voice while talking to 15-year-old teenagers. At one point you may believe that wagon to be jinxed with some sort of spell that would transform any human entering it into some hysterical creature.
What could have been a well-documented work about the wildlife of Kenya keeps acting like a distraction, mainly for an enthusiasm that strangely fails to become infectious? On a scale between a happy-faced Joker and a grim voiced Batman, these tourists have the ability to make the Joker get annoyed with the super-energetic approach towards the tour, and if the ever Joker decides to stab any of them, or maybe just burn the wagon with the tourists inside, Batman probably won’t intervene.
The wagon and the laughter continue for 22 episodes….
In the first episode, the participants are introduced. They assemble in one place. In the second episode, they visit the slums of Kiberia, which is the largest slum in the continent. There begins a different kind of love game, which may instantly make you miss Karan Johar’s What The Love. The sub-plot love game continues for some time until the seventh episode where they meet ‘Uganda’s ugliest man’ who happens to be a specially-abled man. Just when you thought Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey couldn’t be more superficial, you are introduced to new kind of ideas on how to be racist and get away with it.
As a documentary, Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey does not do justice to its category. It bores you for 22 hours (or even more). Racism is so well imbibed within the system of these makers that they fail to understand when they begin to patronise another section of people; their only fault being, they don’t share the same race. They engage in ‘makeovers’, which again remains completely unnecessary, especially in a documentary that is mainly on tourists enjoying a safari ride. If you had the ability to burst the television set (or better yet, the tourist) with your vision like Matilda Wormwood, you wouldn’t hesitate to do that.
If anything manages to keep you happy about this series, is that you always have the decision to not chose to watch it. If you are really in the mood to enjoy wildlife while sitting inside the drawing-room, Night on Earth would serve a better purpose, or just watch Tarzan. It ends the moment when you absorb enough of wildlife and encourages you to save enough to quit your thankless job and travel.