Called the father of Indian animation, Ram Mohan, 76, joined the profession in 1956 and worked at India's first animation studio. He later set up UTV Toonz and designed the character Ram in the movie Ramayana. Now chairman of Graphiti Multimedia. He speaks to Naomi Canton.
What do you look for when recruiting people?
They need to be able to use the 3D software, but more than that, we judge them on their portfolio of work — which would be a CD disc — showing characters they have modelled and rigged (put bones on characters).
How do you get to the top in this industry?
You need to learn how to handle more and more complex jobs. There are lots of things you are not taught about the software at schools, and there is a skill to mastering it better and better. You also need to be adaptable and be able to learn new software other than the one you learnt at school and be able to handle more complex characters and perhaps even specialise in more than one area, like being able to be a hair and a texture artist. That would help you get noticed and go up the ladder.
Where does the future of animation lie in India?
Bollywood and financiers had been indifferent to animation in India and thought it was not worth investing in until Hanuman (2005) made them realise it could be profitable.
It will be more profitable in the future to get into intellectual property and design original characters and stories. India is not producing films of an international standard yet, but we will soon as India has some talented animators.