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.
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.
2006/12/2 18:03:03 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.
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.
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.
2008/5/21 18:11:11 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.
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.
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."
2006/11/19 18:41:00 The successful Malayalam film 'Lanka' directed by AK Shahan with Suresh Gopi and Mamata Mohandas in the lead is being dubbed into Telugu as 'Pokiri Pilla' by S Harish Reddy on the banner of Dhruti Cinema. The producer is making efforts to release the film on December 1. Producer Harish Reddy says, 'The film was made with real life incidents in Sri Lanka some time ago and it is a big hit in Malayalam. Made with action and romance in the backdrop, the film has Nandita Mohandas' performance and glamour as highlights. Presently dubbing work is in progress. We are planning to release the audio on November 20 and the film on December 1. We are sure that the film would be a hit in Telugu too.' Laila, Thomas and others are in the cast. Dialogues are by Rajasekhara Reddy, lyrics are by Vennelakanti and music is by Srinivas.
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'.
2011/10/1 17:51:38 Victory Venkatesh, Trisha and Saloni starrer movie 'Ganga-The Body Guard' audio, which is scheduled to release on October 12th is postponed due to some technical problems. Major part of the movie shooting was over and the unit is currently at Canada shooting the balance song sequences on the lead pair.
This is the remake of Malayalam film with same title and it is directed by Gopichand Malineni and produced by Bellamkonda Suresh. This film is expected to release before November end.
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.”
2006/10/23 18:40:33 The successful Malayalam Film 'Tiger' directed by Shaji Kailash, featuring Suresh Gopi and Gopika in the lead is being dubbed into Telugu as 'Police Samrajyam' by Surya Shekhar of Surya Music on the banner of Sri Chilukuri Balaji Productions. The film is being presented by Jaitrasai Gullapalli, an NRI of the US. Producer Surya Shekhar says, 'I watched the movie in Kerala as a normal viewer and liked it very much. There was good response for each scene from the audiences. Another point is that almost all the films in the combination of Shaji Kaliash and Suresh Gopi were hits. Moreover, Bharatibabu penned powerful dialogues for the Telugu version and they would be the special attraction. There are no songs in the film, so we are planning to release the audio with powerful dialogues in the film on November 3. Presently DTS mixing is in progress and the film would hit the screen in the second week of November. This is my first venture as producer and I wish the film would earn me, my banner and the buyers a good name, besides becoming a big commercial success.
Directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and produced by Suryadevara Vinod in association with Sun Animatics and Shimaru Productions, 'Ghatotkacha' an animation film is getting ready, simultaneously in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali languages.
Producer Vinod says, 'Our Telugu classic 'Mayabazaar' is still enthralling the crowds. Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, who worked as an associate to the director of the film KV Reddy is now wielding the megaphone for our movie which is a special attraction. The film has a 100-minute run and would mainly focus on Ghatotkacha character.
The birth of Ghatotkacha, his chivalrous acts, his effort in getting the marriage of Sasirekha and Abhimanyu would form part of the film. We used cameras with the latest motion capture technology in shooting the scenes and at least 48 such cameras were used for the flick. The film was designed by different experts in Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom, Canada and India.
The story and its movement would be attractive to all classes of audiences. We are planning to release the film as a Diwali gift'. Lyrics are by Veturi, Vennelakanti, Kulasekhar and Bhuvanachandra, background score is by Praveen Mani, editing is by Asmith Kundar, while Ovel Meena is the animation director, and story, screenplay, music and direction are by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao.
2006/10/26 17:14:37 Chakri' directed by Jitender Y and produced by Acharan Reddy Gurram on the banner of Madhu Cinema with Vadde Naveen, Punam Singar and Sunitha in the lead is likely to hit the screen in November. The film has London as its backdrop and it is a four-cornered story, between three heroines and the hero. Producer Acharan Reddy says, 'All the scene that were shot in London are quite attractive. There are seven songs in the film. The audio which was released recently is getting quite a good response. We will release the film in the first week of November.' Abhinayasri, Tanikella Bharani, Srinivasa Reddy, Satyam Rajesh, Bharat and Melkote are in the cast. Camera is by Prabhunath, while music is by Lalith Suresh.
As Malayalam's Onam, Kollywood is lining up the final list of films for their biggest festival season --Deepavali.
This year, the season will witness the clash of the titans with almost every big hero like Vijay, Ajith, Suriya and Vikram ready with their movies.
The movies that are getting ready to hit the theatres for Deepavali, that is fifty days away are - Ajith's Billa, Cheran's Pirivom Santhipom, Silambarasan's Kaalai, Suriya's Vel, Vijay's Azhagiya Tamil Magan and Vikram's Bheemaa.
Of these films Vikram's Bheemaa and Suriya's Vel are already complete while the other films will have to shoot a song or two before calling pack up.
After a busy Ramzan season, Kerala theatres will also be demanding these Tamil releases that will make into theatres by the second week of November.
As of now, the only big Malayalam release for Deepavali is Dileep's Calcutta News which will make into theatres by the ninth of November.
'Pokiri Pilla' - A Malayalam Superhit to Tollywood
2006/11/30 12:51:10 The first copy of 'Pokiri Pilla' directed by AK Shahan with Suresh Gopi and Mamata Mohandas in the lead is being dubbed into Telugu by Kethireddy Jagadiswar Reddy and S Harish Reddy on the banner of Dhruti Cinema is ready.
Presenter Kethireddy Jagadiswar Reddy says, 'This is a film made with a different concept. The film was a big hit in Malayalam and we are sure that it would repeat the history in Telugu also.'
Producer Harish Reddy says, 'This film was made with real life incident that occurred in Srilanka. It has many elements including action and romance. The performance and glamour of Mamata Mohandas would be a highlight. We are planning to release the audio by the end of November and the film in the second week of December.'
Prithivraj started his career with the Malayalam film, Nandanam and later moved to Kollywood. In a very short span of time he has become one of the favourite actors in both Malayalam and Tamil.
2007 has been a good year for the actor, whose first Tamil release this year was the blockbuster film Mozhi, followed by the hit films Sathum Podaathey and Kannaamoachi Enaada. His Malayalam film, Chocolate released this Ramzan was another big success. Kangaroo is his next Malayalam release portraying him as an auto driver.
Prithviraj is very concerned about his onscreen roles. "The impression I make as an actor is more important," says the charming actor. He also feels that the roles offered to him are more important than the money offered to him.
Noted Hollywood director Spielberg who stormed the world with his breathe taking films like Jaws, Jurassic Park and many others is a great fan of children’s comic books and cartoon films. His ambition is to make his favorite comic story ‘Tin Tin’ as 3D animated film.
Noted Belgian painter and story writer Georges Prosper Remi, popularly known as Herge is the author of the comic book-The adventures of Tin Tin. He is also a great fan of Spielberg. Quite surprisingly, he also thought that only Spielberg is capable to upload his comics into big celluloid screens. So, both of they have planned to make a 3D animated film of Tin Tin adventures. But, unfortunately Herge died in the year 1983 and their project was shelved.
Later, Spielberg obtained the rights from Herge’s wife and tried to make a film on Tin Tin in year 2008, but due to some problems this project also shelved. However, Spielberg has completed his dream project recently and his animation movie is releasing before end of October or first week of November.