Malayalam film industry is all set to witness a full length animation film in the near future.
The new project which was just kicked off yesterday by the City-based production house Increation, in association with Sai Raksha Entertainment and India tales, will feature the story of Lord Ayyappa in 90 minutes.
Titled ‘Manikkantan' the plot will be narrated as seen through the eyes of a little girl and her pet parrot.
The animation film will be directed by Reji Syane, an award winning producer from the mini screen.
The US-based producer of the film, Nalin Singh is planning to spend more than $1 million on the production of the movie, which will hit the screens in a year's time.
He has already signed maestro Ilayaraja for composing all the five songs for the film.
The big names in the Malayalam film like Suresh Gopi, Thilakan, Siddique, Sukumari and others, will lend their voices for the characters in the movie.
2006/12/25 16:57:20 Censor formalities were completed for 'Ayyappa Deeksha' directed and produced by PC Satya Reddy on the banner of Sarat Chandrika Creations with Sivaji, Suman, Raja Mahendra, Punnareddy, Vidisha and Ramireddy in the lead. Presenter of the film SN Reddy says, 'We are planning to release the film on December 29.
Director cum producer PC Satya Reddy says, 'I am very happy that the Censor Board members complimented me for moulding the miracles and greatness of 'Swami Ayyappa' and his deeksha in a great manner. The film would not only enthrall the Ayyappa devotees, but also the common audiences with a lot of devotion. We made the film without compromising at any point of time.
Especially, the rules and regulations that had to be observed during the Ayyappa Deeksha, and their greatness, usefulness were explained in detail in this film. Sivaji's performance as Ayyappa devotee would attract everybody's attention.' Co-producer Ghatakeswar says, 'We are planning to set up Ayyappa idols in every theatre where the film would be screened and distribute prasadam, besides 'Saddi' (Meals for Ayyappa devotees) at some places.'
Manikandan, Mollywood's first animation flick is under way at Kochi. Based on Swami Ayyappa, this is first time the legend is captured as a full-length feature film.
Cincinnati USA is producing this novel venture. Next Diwali should see this milestone flick greeting Indian audiences. "The team’s treatment of the movie and the powerful screenplay captures the Legend’s magnitude," says Nalini Singh of Cincinnati, who oversees the production.
After the Malayalam version, the movie is set to be dubbed in other South Indian languages, with subtitles in English/ Hindi. The Indian animation industry believes this movie will open up new avenues. Maestro Ilayaraja has scored the music.
Superstar Mohanalal is also lending his weight to the production by providing the voice for Pandhalam Raja, a pivotal figure in this epic tale.
The recent news in Indian animation industry was all about Rajnikant's 'Sultan The Warrior' an animation film done by his daughter. Following the lines of the superhero, its Malayalam star Mohanlal reinventing his career by doing an animation film.
Animation Dimensions, an animation company has started their work on a film with the Superstar as the hero. Mohanlal will also be lending his voice to the film, says the Creative Head of the Animation Dimensions, Prakash Nambiar. The film will have two heroes in the lead. Besides Mohanlal the other hero would be a superstar from Bollywood.
Apart from this, another animation series with the famous characters of Naadodikkattu , Daasan and Vijan is being worked by another group of animators.
2011/9/13 11:48:35 Few days back we have reported that, Tollywood dynamic hero Ram Charan Tej has worn Ayyappa Mala and assumes 41-day Ayyappa Deeksha. Here are the few photos of Cherry in Ayyappa dress.
An interesting story has comes into media circulation about his sudden Ayyappa Deeksha. Ram Charan Tej and his would-be Upasana have maintained top secrecy until the elders of their families have confirmed about their engagement soon. But, when it was out, both of they were spotted everywhere moving like love birds, which is said to be very annoyed Upasana's parents, who enjoys a respectable status in the society. Hence, to keep them away for time being, they have suggested Chiranjeevi family about this Ayyappa Mala and we have seen him the other day Cherry wearing Mala. This will ease the tense of the elders of the both family and gives them enough time to make arrangements for their engagement.
2006/11/27 10:19:25 Shooting of 'Ayyappa Deeksha' directed and produced by PC Satya Reddy on the banner of SC Creations with Sivaji playing the lead was completed recently. The film deals with the Ayyappa deeksha and the rules and regulations related to the deeksha. Presenter of the film SN Reddy says, 'We have shot some key scenes at a specially erected Ayyappa Temple set with 18 golden steps. The shooting for about a week time involving Sivaji and others. Likewise, we have shot some scenes related to Ernakulam, Yerumeli and Pamba scenes with the help of Chandramouli Guruswami. Some other scenes were shot at Chennakesava Swami temple and Nagarjuna Sagar Veda Pathasala areas. We are planning to release the audio by November-end. We will release the film in the first week of December. Prem is being introduced as music director through this film.' There are six songs in the film. Suman, Bangaru Raju, Ramireddy, Narasimha Raju, Raghunatha Reddy, Jenny, Bhargava, Devicharan and others are in the cast.
2011/9/9 5:34:03 We have seen Chiranjeevi wearing Ayyappa mala and going to Sabarimalai Temple in Kerala several times. Now, his son Ram Charan also following his foot steps wore Ayyappa mala on Thursday at Satyasai Nigamagamam at Hyderabad. He will follow all the traditional rituals of Ayyappa Deeksha for the 41 days and will visit the Sabarimalai Temple at the end. The timing of his Deeksha comes as quite surprising to all as his engagement with Upasana Kamineni is said to be round the corner.
Ram Charan Tej is currently working on his Rachcha movie directed by Sampath Nandi. Milk white beauty Tamannah is pairing with him in this movie. Paras Jain and NV Prasad are co-producing this film under Mega Super Good Movies banner.
Manikantan, touted to be the first full-length animation film in Malayalam, will be released in November, and not just in Malayalam. It will be simultaneously released in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada also, the producers said.
An English version of the film, specifically tailored to Western tastes, will follow some six months after that�, Nalin Singh, who heads Sairaksha Entertainment Pvt Ltd, the company producing the film, said in a news conference here on Saturday.
The music, scored by Ilayaraja, will be released at Sabarimala on April 14�, he said.
The story of the film does not basically shift from the popular myth of Lord Ayyappa, but it will be told in a way that makes it catchy, especially to children, and the western audience�, Nalin Singh added.
Now there is a lot of hype about Indian films abroad. But how many non-Indians come to watch them? We want to change that. We want to take Indian folklore to the global audience�, he said.
Manikantan is perhaps the first of its ilk to use as many as eight different animation techniques, each style blending harmoniously�, director Reji Signs said.
Some of the most famous scenes of Indian mythology, like the churning of the Palazhi, will be shown in its fullest splendour, he said.
And the 90-minute film, which has six songs, is also a big budget one - US $ 2 million, which comes to around Rs 8 crore�, Nalin Singh said.
The profits from the film will also go to fund an arts village for handicapped people in Thiruvananthapuram and sponsoring amenities, including insurance cover, for Sabarimala pilgrims.
Other members of the governing board of Sairaksha Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Allan J.Koglmeier, Mark Samlal, Sachin Gopalan and the scriptwriter Krishnakumar were present at the new conference.
'Krishna-aayo Natkhat Nandlala', a 3D animation film on the childhood heroics of Lord Krishna will be released on September 29.
Producer of the film, dubbed as India's first 3D animation film, Jayantilal Gada told reporters that many generations in India have grown up hearing the stories of super heroes from the Indian mythology, but none of them could be seen on the Indian screen as an animated character, which appealed various generations at a time.
"We have always quenched our thirst by watching the foreign heroes like Spider Man, Super Man, He Man on the screen in animated form. There was no Indian hero whom we could admire. The wait was over with Hanuman, which was released last year," he said.
Hanuman and now Krishna are not new or imaginary heroes but true ones. "Krishna brings smile and pride on faces of young or old, man or woman, rich and poor merely by chanting his name.
Director Aman Khan said, 'Krishna' is a richly animated, musical feature film that tells the story of Lord Krishna's birth, his childhood spent in Vrindavan and his slaying of Kansa, the evil ruler of Mathura.
The film features various adventures of his childhood, including his clashes with demons like 'Pootna' and 'Trinavarat'. This animated feature also brings to life Lord Krishna's naughty aspects like stealing butter, and other adventures.
Another enchanting aspect of Lord Krishna's life-playing the flute and the 'gopis', who become eternally devoted to him and indulged in 'Ras Leela', has been depicted in the film.
The director said over centuries Lord Krishna's stories have entertained and inspired several generations of children and grown-ups. His life story is a great source of inspiration and shall entertain, inspire and excite everyone, everywhere, every time.
The film features music and songs composed by Rajendra Shiv. The soundtrack of the film features leading singers of the industry like Kailash Kher, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Alisha Chinai and Kumar Sanu. The compositions have an everlasting flavor and shall definitely appeal to all, he added.
Malayalam animation film set for release in November
The first full-length animation film in Malayalam will be released in November, according to its promoters.
Manikantan, based on the myth of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of the Sabarimala hill shrine, will also be simultaneously released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
“The film has a budget of $2mn and there will be eight songs,” Nalin Singh, the managing director of the Sairaksha Entertainment, the makers of the film, said.
Veteran composer Ilaiyaraaja has just completed scoring music for the 90-minute film. The music album will be released on April 14 at Sabarimala.
“We have also planned an English version of the film six months after the original release,” Singh said.
“Now there is a lot of hype about Indian films abroad. But how many non-Indians come to watch them? We want to change that. There is a lot of interest in whatever Indian now because of India growth story,” he said.
Reji Syne, the film’s director, said Manikantan would perhaps be the first of its kind to use as many as eight different animation techniques, each style blending harmoniously.
The profits from the film will go to fund an arts village for handicapped people in Thiruvananthapuram and sponsoring amenities for Sabarimala pilgrims, including accident insurance cover for all.
Supporting the core team is an advisory board which consists of members from countries like the US, Australia and Indonesia to provide expertise on technical, marketing, governance and branding.
“Brand Kerala is already making its mark through its expatriate population and excellent tourism initiatives. This movie will bring a third dimension in the form of promoting Kerala’s art forms and culture across the globe,” Sachin Gopalan, a non-resident Indian running media companies in Indonesia said.
“The commercial potential of Manikantan is tremendous. In addition the values and appeal of the tale are universal and will get eager audiences globally,” said another director of the company, Mark Samlal, an Australian living in Singapore.
“The tale of Manikantan is comparable to many legends of the West and we will present it in a manner that will appeal to audiences worldwide and will be a universal draw for children everywhere,” the US-based Allan Koglmeier said.
2008/5/21 15:11:11 The film ‘Happy Days’ directed by Shekar Kammula was a runaway hit. The film was set with an engineering campus backdrop and explored the life and love of teenagers.
Now, a Hyderabad based Animation Company, UD School of Animation has come up with a comic book based on the characters in the film ‘Happy Days’. They plan to come up with a series of books. The company is also involved in making a animation film titled ‘Little Buddha’. The film will be released in 2009.
The effort to spruce up stunts in Hindi films seems to know no bounds.
The latest innovation on the action front is about ten-minutes of animation action in Cash, a la Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill featuring Zayed Khan, Shamita Shetty, Riteish Deshmukh, Esha Deol and Ajay Devgan.
Explains director Anubhav Sinha, "We've worked very hard on the action scenes of Cash. And I'd really not like them to be compared with Dhoom or even my own Dus. But yes, what we've done in Cash is unique. For the first time we've juxtaposed live action with animation action. As we see the characters fighting they turn into animation characters on screen."
Anubhav goes to great pains to explain the animation isn't of the kind we've seen in Hum Tum or Ta Ra Rum Pum. "It's more like what happens in Tarantino's Kill Bill. Action in our cinema has to by its very nature get better. Today audiences are watching Spiderman 3 in Bhojpuri. We can't afford to lag behind."
2011/10/20 5:59:06 Tollywood young and dynamic hero Ram Charan Tej who was under Ayyappa Deeksha since last 41 days has left for Sabarimalai on yesterday to conclude his Deeksha. It is learnt some of his close friends, who were also on Ayyappa Deeksha have joined him in his tour.
Ram Charan Tej has completed his Rachcha film shooting and is expected to start his next movie once he returns from Sabarimalai. Though, the exact date is not announced yet, his engagement ceremony with Upasana Kamineni is also schedule for next month at Domakonda Fort in Nizamabad district where elaborate arrangements are being made for this ceremony. The buzz is his in-laws are going to present him a charted flight as wedding gift.
2006/12/2 16:03:03 The success of HANUMAN has paved the way for animation films in India. Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, who has directed a number of big-budget films in the past, with the best of stars in principal roles, is now making an animation film called GHATOTHKACH.
Sun Animatics India P. Ltd. [previously known as Polygon], an animation company based in Hyderabad, is producing the film, which is slated for release in April 2007. The production is taking place in Philippines, Singapore and United Kingdom.
The film will be released in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali languages initially. Suryadevara Vinod is the producer.
Veteran Kannada actress Jayamala’s statement about her entry into ‘women-prohibited’ Ayyappa temple in Sabarimalai in Kerala and touching the deity is already creating havoc among the religious circles. Devotees across the southern states strongly condemn her action and some even filed a case in High Court in Chennai against her for breaking the temple traditions and procedures. A leading Telugu TV News Channels even started a debate over the issue grabbing this hot news to increase its TRP ratings. This is where Tollywood hot babe Shreya Saran enters the fray and supported the Kannada actress.
Shreya asked that, why the women were not be allowed into Ayyappa temple and why can’t the temple authorities change this age old rules and regulations to suit the present times. Throwing a challenge to the temple authorities she said further that, very soon she will be coming to Sabarimalai and enter the temple and asked them to stop her from entering the temple if they can!
What makes the hot babe catch up with this most sensitive issue is quite surprising, say film industry people. Her over enthusiasm not only hurt the sentiments of Hindus, but also draws the attention of radical Hindu organizations like BJP and others that creates problems for her. More over there are hundreds of Ayyappa devotees inside the film industry who may oppose her in all aspects. Stars for this star might be indicating an unfavorable situation for her in the days to come and that’s why she catch up with this issue?
Pawan Kalyan is set to score another first in Tollywood. After his Jalsa, with Ileana in the lead is released, a game with the same title Jalsa will be released. Allu Aravind is the man behind this venture.
The animation game film will be available for download onto cell phones. The film will feature Pawan Kalyan in an animated character. Rajnikanth is also acting in an animation film titled 'Sultan the Warrior'.
Mani Sharma launches Sri recording theatre at Hyd.
2011/6/2 3:03:35 Noted music director Mani Sharma has inaugurated ‘Sri Recording Theater’ at Hyderabad on Wednesday. Music director Sri Venkat who has given tunes to film Jatara owns this theater. Speaking on this occasion he said “I am really happy to launch my recording theatre through the hands of great musician Mani Sharma. Our theatre has all the latest equipment for sound recording. Now, the film industry can utilize the services of our recording theatre at any time. Recently, I have made an Audio album on Lord Swamy Ayyappa. I am interested to compose music for the movies.”
India's first composite animation flick 'My Friend Ganesha' opens to terrific re
India's first composite animation flick and latest 'kiddie caper'- 'My Friend Ganesha' opened to an incredible response across the country on Friday.
The film combines animation with real life characters to create a fascinating tale of a young boy, who befriends young Lord Ganesha.
An interesting mix of mythology and fiction, 'My Friend Ganesha' went down well with the audiences especially the young ones who were completely bowled over by the film.
"The movie was very good. I liked the Ganesha and the child. At the end of the film, they showed that Ganesha is put into the sea and the child starts crying," said Vidhu, a 5-year-old.
"Movie was very good. Every child must see this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed and my son also enjoyed a lot," said Rekha Kohli, an audience.
The film revolves around a young boy named Aaditya, who is the only child of his working parents leading an alienated and lonely life.
And how his life completely transforms, after he finds company in Hindu elephant god 'Ganesha' a new friend who enters his life and becomes his mate.
One day Aaditya brings home a mouse after he saves it from drowning. His maid then narrates to him a mythological tale revolving around 'Ganesha'.
Meanwhile, the family is going through a crisis, which also coincides with Ganesha festival. Aaditya's family brings home an idol of the god and it is then, that things start taking a turn for the better, as Ganesha helps the family tide over their problems while becoming pals with Aaditya.
Child actor Ahsaas Channa, who is actually a girl, plays the character of 'Aaditya' along with the animated character 'Ganesha' in this film.
Made on a budget of 45 million rupees, the film took six months of extensive labour for completion.
Replete with high-end graphics and animation the film is a delightful venture by the makers into kiddie circuit.
"We had to make a children movie and had to make an animation movie also. (So we were caught between) how to make a children movie and an animated movie. So, we decided to do first composite movie of India," said Rajiv Ruia, director of the film.
The makers are also planning a sequel to the film tilted 'Ganesha Rocks New York', a film that would take the story forward.
The film is already underway and would hit the theatres by the end of 2007
Filmmaker Govind Nihalani, who has directed some cult films like Dev, Droh Kaal and Ardh Satya, is taking a U-turn to make a feel-good animation film.
Govind says that his love for animation films began when he first leafed through the pages of Tarzan and Mandrake comic books during his childhood.
“I was fascinated as a child to read those Mandrake and Tarzan series. I read it religiously and I think my love for animation and comics dates back to those days,” he said, adding, “Many people don’t know this but I actually have a great collection of comic books from across the world.”
One of Govind’s all time favourite book is Sin City and he loves Alan Moore’s works (Alan is an English writer most famous for his influential works in comics like Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell).
Ok, but why does a serious filmmaker like Govind dabbling with animation? “As a filmmaker, it is very important to always experiment, always challenge oneself,” he said. “Then working becomes good fun and you enjoy what you are doing. Doing the same thing does not only limit your creativity but is also very tiring.”
The director is not ready to share the production details of Kamlu (the name of his animation film) except for the fact that it is in the pre-production stages.
“We are storyboarding. Even the dialogues are being worked upon and we are in the process of finalising the cast for the voice over. I expect to have some big names in my project,” he confirmed.
And what’s the storyline of the film? “It is the story of a baby camel and his friends. It is too early to let go of the story but it is a nice feel-good animation which sends out a message. I believe every animation film should send out a positive message.”