Mumbai: Bal Ganesh bagged the Li’l STAR Awards 2008 in India presented by Red Chillies Entertainment for the Best Animated Film and the Best Animated Character on 31 October 2008 at an award function at Yash Raj Studios.
The other nominees in these two categories were Ghatothkach -Master of Magic, Return of Hanuman and Dashavatar.
Red Chillies presented India’s first ever Li’l STAR Awards with its unique format, which empowers kids to judge and select their favourites.
Bal Ganesh has won the award based on a national survey conducted across 25 cities amongst thousands of children who have all voted for their best animated film and best animated character.
The final jury for the awards consisted of young, popular child prodigies who have proved their mettle in the field of acting time and again in different mediums like films and television headed by Neetu Kapoor.
Shemaroo Entertainment vice president animation Smita Maroo says, "This is a very proud moment indeed for Shemaroo and our film Bal Ganesh, since these awards have been selected by kids themselves. This only goes to show the popularity of Bal Ganesh among children and the fact that all are marketing and publicity efforts have effectively and successfully connected with the target audience."
Shemaroo Entertainment has released two animated films in less than one year–Bal Ganesh and Ghatothkach – Master of Magic.