Mumbai: Animated movies are being looked at as a serious business opportunity by the Indian filmmakers. Producer Firoz Nadiadwala who is basking in glory with his sequel to Hera Pheri, Phir Hera Pheri too has jumped into the fray.
Nadiadwala has started working on the animated versions
of Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri. He would use the original dubbing tracks of the respective actors
like Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal and others. His new 3D animation company under the name of Nadiadwala
Entertainment Technology (NET) is working on it. Meanwhile, two animation films based on two Indian epics, Ramayan
and Mahabharat are underway. Story board artistes and animators, who have worked on Hollywood animated films
like The Incredibles, Madagascar, Finding Nemo, Cars and Ice Age are working on these projects.
The background score will be provided by a musician from Los Angeles. "The 3D animated versions do not mean that you have to wear 3D glasses. You can enjoy and get the thrill too. Ramayan and Mahabharat showcases all the necessary elements- romance, drama, emotions, sacrifice and betrayal, which will appeal to the audience. Both the
film will be approximately be of two hours duration and will cost around Rs. 600 million (Rs. 30 crore each),"