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MahaYoddha Rama

MahaYoddha Rama

It's Ravana.

Watch the trailer if you don't believe me.

Ashok Banker is on a roll:

... But their (Rohit Vaid and Abhimanyu Singh, of Contiloe Pictures) enthusiasm, love, and passion for the project hooked me. I signed on, despite myself. Surprising myself, my family, friends. And so Mahayoddha Rama was born, an animated film for viewers of all ages (it’s not just for kids, trust me) that aspired to match the quality of any international animated film, while aiming for a photo-realistic 3D animation style that hasn’t even been attempted yet here let alone achieved, and overall storytelling and production qualities that would make all of us proud–would make every Indian proud, in fact.

The script was gruelling. Yes, the film was based on the Ramayana of Valmiki. (Not on my Ramayana books–those are being adapted separately to live-action films by a Hollywood studio.)

... What we were trying was to reinvent the Ramayana for Indian filmgoing audiences, through the grammar of all-ages animation. Now that may seem simple at first, but it’s not. For one thing, there’s never been an Indian animation film that truly uses the grammar of animation. Sure, there have been the Hanumans and Bal Ganeshs, and the like, and they may even have done reasonably well, but they’ve essentially been compromises between low budgets and a dearth of creative courage.

Our attempt was much bolder: It was to create a film experience that wouldn’t simply retell Ramayana, but would reinvent it for a new generation.

Ashok Banker is a perfect example of how pure passion for a subject can show in amazing (literary) accomplishments and suddenly the world is a better place. At least, I am grateful to him for making Ramayana approachable, captivating and delightful to novel-readers like me. And now they're bringing the Ramayana to audiences of this generation in a movie format. That is terrific news.

I hope I can stop being envious about Lord of The Rings. I hope we can claim that we too have our own amazing depictions of our traditional stories. And yes, the movie is in Hindi and is meant for an Indian audience.

After watching the trailer, I think it's true that Indian animators can rock.

The movie is scheduled to be released nationwide in October-November 2008. Looking forward to it!

P.S. How can one resist such a movie if Gulshan Grover is the voice of Ravana and Sameera Reddy is the voice of Sita?


niara says:

It's pretty impressive.

truth_hurts says:

" Indian animators can rock " , how many times are we gonna convince ourselves that yes , we know animation , and we can kick those GORA's butts . The fact is , we are still thousands and millions of years away from them and there is no way we are EVER gonna have an upper hand on hollywood . No matter how hard you try to impress general people by telling them stories about what new are they gonna do in just another mythological animated 3d movie , at the end of the day people are gonna see the actual quality on screen which simply lacks the basics of making a good ideal 3d animated movie .

Except for vaibhav studios , i would like to know just one studio who has given justice to character designing or animation . Instead of cursing the foreign studios , we should be thankful to them for providing us such good projects to work on . They had their selfish reason for outsourcing , but who doesnt have these days . We can see the outcome of all the indian studios not taking work for outsourcing and making their own movies . None of the studios today have been able to come out with a considerably good 3d movie , either in terms of story or in terms of animation .

My suggestion here would be , lets not start making conclusions about us making movies which can be compared to any other pixar's or disney's movies . Studios here must understand the need of training their artists with latest tools available in the market and be comitted to the quality . Today all that indian film makers depend on is good advertising skills which can fetch good amount of returns within two days of release in multiplexes . I believe if we do show commitment towards animation like vaibhav studios , good things will happen to indian animation industry and people around the world will be praising our animators .