Mythological films have advantage of familiarity: director

Mumbai: Director Arnab Chaudhuri, who is looking forward to the release of his upcoming animation film `Arjun: The Warrior Prince`, says mythological animated films have advantages of familiarity and strong connection.

`Arjun: The Warrior Prince` is a story of Arjun from `Mahabharata`.

"There is an advantage, there is familiarity with the story in a way. Everyone understands mythology and seems to have a connection with it. As everyone seems to be familiar with the world of mythology then through films one brings in their perspective in a unique way of story telling," Chaudhuri told reporters.

"There is no negative side as mythology is a common reference point for all," he said.

Earlier, animated films `Hanuman` (2005) and `Bal Ganesh` (2007) had done well at the box office.

Ask him about the animated film industry, Chaudhari says, "I feel the industry is not mature enough to churn out more animated films. It is still getting ready."

`Arjun: The Warrior Prince` is a story of a nine-year-old boy Arjun. It explores his life with his brothers in Hastinapur, his training and education and how he goes on to become a warrior.

"It is an action extravaganza... It is about Arjun`s life and his transformation into a warrior. Also as the scale of the Mahabharata is huge, it was challenging and at the same time fun to tell Arjun`s story. To make a 90-minute film from this huge episode was a challenge. But fortunately, we had a good team in place," Chaudhari said.

`Arjun: The Warrior Prince` has been ready for quite some time and the director says they were waiting for the right time to release it. It is now set to release on May 25.

"The film took three years in terms of story and development. We were thinking of releasing it during summer holidays as that is the right time," Chaudhuri said.


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