`Kochadiyaan` big step forward for animation: Imran Khan

IANS| Updated: Apr 14, 2014, 18:17 PM IST

Mumbai: Actor Imran Khan, who gave voice-over for animation film `Rio 2`, says southern matinee idol Rajinikanth`s `Kochadiyaan` marks a big leap for animation movies.

"The fact that a star as big as Rajini sir has taken part in this (animation) process is obviously a big step forward. That is the kind of thing that will encourage other people also. If he can do it, we can also do it," Imran, 31, said.

Pegged at $350 million, the Indian animation industry is still struggling to find a firm foothold.

Talking about this, Imran said: "If you look back, 10 years ago even in Hollywood it wasn`t a big thing. In the last 10 to 12 years, it has started growing in Hollywood and became part of the mainstream, so we have to give it a little bit of time."

"Talent is there in India. Most Holywood films` graphics are being done in India. I am talking about films like `Batman` and `Superman` that has happened in Mumbai. So, the talent is here, but the budgets are not there," added the star of `Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na`.