Ketan Mehta set to produce two more animation films

Mumbai: Director Ketan Mehta, whose animation film, `Ramayana - The Epic` hits cinema houses on Dusshera, intends to come up with two more animation films soon.

"We have plans to produce two more animation films. We are working on the projects. It is too premature to talk anything about them," Mehta told reporters

"We want to tell different kind of stories. Not necessary it will be on lines of `Ramayana - The Epic`," he said.

`Ramayana - The Epic` is a mythological adventure, picturised in a stylised and contemporary manner.

"The subject of the film - Ramayana, even today holds appeal. Though people in India know about it, I think animation is the only way to retell the story in all its glory to the younger generation here and abroad," the 58-year-old filmmaker said.

The film is directed by debutant Chetan Desai.

"The film`s length has been maintained at 108 minutes since the audience is chiefly children and young adults," Mehta said.

Actors Manoj Bajpayee, Juhi Chawla and Ashutosh Rana have lent their voices to the lead characters of Ram, Sita and Ravan respectively.

"The film will be a turning point for the Indianbanimation industry. So far our films have lost to Hollywoodbbecause they were basic and sub-standard. With `Ramayana - ThebEpic` the Indian animation industry will scale to newerbheights. It has a spectacular audio-visual experience far
beyond anything ever attempted in India," Mehta said.

The animation film is made under the banner of MayabDigital Media Production.

"It is a film where the past meets the future andbmythology meets technology. It is the story of the originalbIndian superhero," Mehta said, who is also the Chairman andbManaging Director of Maya Digital Media Production.

The film `Ramayana - The Epic` is distributed bybWarner Bros in India and will hit the screens on October 15. It is being released in English and Hindi along with versionsbin Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati and Marathi.

"We want to take the most popular Indian story to a global audience. Warner Bros with its reach and expertise provides us the ideal platform to launch Ramayana globally," the veteran filmmaker added.

PTI

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