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Govind Nihalani to venture in animation

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 15:09 IST
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Four years after his tryst with a visual-effects dominated futuristic film, Deham, Govind Nihalani is making a full-fledged return to technology. This time he is making a full-length animation feature titled Kamlu, with the help of prevalent technology.

“The film narrates the adventures of a baby camel called Kamlu, the people and other animals he meets, and the circumstances he goes through,” said Nihalani after the press meet to launch NVIDIA’s Bollywood initiative on Tuesday night.

When asked about the factors that inspired him to make an animation film, he said: “I’ve been interested in computer graphics, visual effects and rapidly growing technology is motivation enough to venture into an animation film.”

Recalling Deham, he said: “In keeping with the subject, where people would donate organs while still alive, we did try to create appropriate visual effects.” But since the results weren’t on par with the kind of effects we saw in other films at that time, Deham did not grab the desired attention.

However, this time Nihalani seems more confident. “Kamlu is a complete 3D animation film created using the latest systems and software programmes.” Unlike Hollywood animation films, which feature voices of big stars, Nihalani explained: “Kamlu won’t feature voices of stars from the Hindi film industry.

Tell him ” about rumours that Amitabh Bachchan will be lending his deep baritone for Kamlu, the filmmaker countered: “Where did you hear that? I won’t be using any known voices for any of the characters in this animation film.”

Kamlu is slated to release mid 2007. The Bollywood Initiative NVIDIA is worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, and its latest plan of action, Bollywood Initiative.

Dubbed Digital Bollywood, the course of action couples NVIDIA technologies with industry expertise from around the world to help enable India as a Digital Content Creation (DCC) powerhouse.

Volker Engel, Oscar and Emmy awards winning producer and visual effects supervisor was present at the announcement on Tuesday evening.

Besides rendering software and technology, education of techniques, access to expertise and close working relationships with Indian companies, NVIDIA has also entered into partnership with MAAC and Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International to teach digital production.

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