It took the launch of a film to finally put an end to the rumours about problems between Ajay Devgan-Kumar Mangat and Karan Johar.
The Kaal producer took time off from the shoot of his television show Say Shava Shava to give the mahurat clap for Mangat's next project on Tuesday morning.
Toplining Ajay Devgan and Kajol, with cartoon characters, Toonpur ka Super Hero is an animated fantasy .
"I just had to call Karan and he readily agreed to give the mahurat clap for the film. We've always been amicable. I hope this puts an end to all the speculations about us," asserts Mangat.
Kireet Khurana, who has over 300 ad films to his credit, makes his directorial debut with Toonpur ka Super Hero, where real characters venture into an animated world, and get caught up in a war of toons.
Dismissing comparisons with the Hollywood blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabit, Devgan states, "This is a different story Of course, kids are our primary audience."
<b1>Kajol reveals that she has been watching shows on Disney channel, Cartoon Network and Pogo for a while now.
"I prefer watching cartoon shows. They are a lot more fun," she enthuses. On being quizzed when did she develop interest in kiddie stuff, she laughs, "Jabse maine beti paida ki."
Although their daughter Nysa isn't really clued into their proj ect, the Devgans plan to feed her with details and take her on the shoots once they commence.
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Like most Hollywood animated movies, Toonpur ka Super Hero will also have voiceovers by our Hindi movie stars. Mangat says, "We'll be negotiating with top stars to lend their voices for the animated characters. It's too early to reveal names right now."
The film's approximate budget is Rs 40 crore.
"The release date will be finalised after the animation work is complete. The work began eight months ago. This is a first-of-its-kind movie in India. We intend to match international standards," concludes Mangat.