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Bollywood lends voice to animated birds!

india Updated: Apr 18, 2010 13:55 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Juhi ChawlaJuhi Chawla, Shaan, Kailash Kher and Neeraj Shridhar have sung under the baton of composers Sangeet Haldipur and Siddharth Haldipur for Jyotin Goel’s 3D animation, Bird Idol. Don’t get misled by the ‘3D’ tag, Goel warns, saying his Hindi film doesn’t demand viewing through Avatar glasses. "It’s just that the characters are three-dimensional and in the league of Shrek and Toy Story," he points out.

Borrowing a line from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, “The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture”, Goel, along with his 25-year-old screenplay writer son, Dev, has designed an unusual ‘khalnayak’ for his movie. “Dhamki is a vulture. It is mean, menacing, feasts on carcasses and tries to mess things for my tweety hero Hummi and his love interest Surili,” says the director. “We have tried to illustrate the victory over evil through music.” A few years ago, we saw a penguin creating a flutter in the Arctic with his Happy Feet. Now we have a bird entering a reality show called Bird Idol and sparking off a rebellion by introducing human music in his feathered world.

Goel who has earlier produced five Hindi feature films and directed three including Zahreelay and Inaam Dus Hazar, is confident of finding takers for his 100-minute film that has been in the making for two-and-a-half years and has one-third the budget of a Disney film.

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“Most of our animated films so far have had a mythological base and it’s not easy to be irreverent with gods and goddesses. But that’s not going to be a case with Bird Idol. We’re hoping to tickle our young audience and set their feet tapping with 11 catchy songs,” Goel smiles. Shaan has rendered ‘Hey you…’ , ‘Oomph Soniye…’ , and ‘Happy Bird-Day…’ while Kher will have you flying with ‘Fly, fly, fly…’ Chawla has lent her voice to a melodious duet, ‘Dil jaana…’ while Shridhar has sung the remix version of ‘Hey you…’. The film opens on April 23.

After the birds will it be bees next for Goel? He laughs, “For that to happen the animated market will have to get a little more adult. I am working on a couple of scripts, both live action and animation. If Bird Idol works, we may even come up with a sequel.”