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delhi Updated: May 05, 2008 18:32 IST
Vishav Bharti
Vishav Bharti
Hindustan Times
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Ritesh Kumar
Postproduction Supervisor
UTV Animation, Mumbai

After doing 10+2 in humanities, Ritesh was not interested in joining any run of the mill course. Seven years back from somewhere this computer freak heard about animation. "In region it was completely an unknown term at that time," says he.

It was introduced at Chandigarh based Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematic (now Frame Boxx). But the fee was Rs 40,000 for an eight-month course. Not a very affordable sum for this son of a government employee.

Moreover, the course was completely unknown. "But my father paid my fee with his hard earned money," he says. So Ritesh joined Alpha Maya Course at Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematic.

"After that I was not left with much options except doing hard work," says he. But his hard work and his father's money did not go to waste. Ritesh's project report (which was part of his course) brought him to Mumbai. And after that there was no looking back.

Today Ritesh's career is on the ascendant. He does not want to disclose his salary. "It is good and my family is happy," the only thing he says. In the last six years he has worked on numerous animation films of the UK as well as the US. Now he has great hopes from the Indian animation industry, which is entering in a new phase.

"The knowledge which, we acquired while working on foreign projects will help us now," he says. But the eight months that he spent at institute he says, will remain with him throughout his life. "It enabled me to learn the basics of computer graphics and visual effects, which form the basis of my profession."