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Toon time for Gods

After last year?s Hanuman, get set for Krishna Leela, Sitayana and Hanuman 2 in animation, writes Princy Jain.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 15:36 IST
New Delhi

Shrek and Chicken Little have competition. At least at the Indian cineplexes. Propelled by the success of Hanuman last year (the film raked in over Rs 10 crore), a long list of desi animation flicks are in store. Get ready to see Krishna Leela and Sitayana  soon. Percept Picture Company and Sahara One Motion Pictures, co-producers of Hanuman, are also set to churn out a sequel of the film.

Krishna Leela, which captures the adventures of Lord Krishna as an infant, is produced by BR Films, and will be India’s first 3D animation flick. And Sitayana, a 72-minute feature by New York-based Nina Paley, is based on the story of Sita.

Is it due to the success of Hanuman that desi animation flicks are cashing in on mythology? Says VG Samant, director of Hanuman and creative head of Hanuman 2: “Animation films target children, and mythology has the right elements — drama, action, magic.” Agrees Ravi Chopra of BR Films: “We wanted to do something for the kids. And in fant Krishna is known for his charm, mischief and wisdom.” Says Chitra Subhramanian, feature film head, Percept: “With mythology, there is push from the parents’ side too, to have their kids watch such stuff.” Paley chose Sita as a theme for personal reasons: “I was dumped by email four years ago by my American husband.

The story of Sita seemed relevant.” With content being the king in the case of cinema, Samant concludes: “The Indian animation industry needs an identity of its own. And mythology being synonymous with Indian culture, the genre will surely help our animation flicks garner just that — an identity of their own.”