MUMBAI: Bollywood star Shatrughan Sinha has joined the likes of Shah Rukh Khan (Mr Incredible) who have lent their voice for animated films. Sinha has given narration for Dashavatar, an animation film scheduled for release in January 2008.
Besides him, there are other actors who give their voices for different characters. Sachin Khedekar will dub for the character Lord Vishnu, Shreyas Talpade for Narad, Rupali Ganguly for Apsara, Tom Alter for Parshuram, Shishir Sharma for Bali Raja, Kenneth Desai for Lord Indra, Vinay Apte for Kansa and Ashish Vidyarthi for Hiranakshyapu.
Dashavatar is based on 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and has been directed by Bhavik. It has been produced by Pune-based Anushvi Productions in association with Phoebus Creations Media Pvt. Ltd.
The songs in the film have been written by poet, Sandeep Khare and composed by debutant music director, Anand Kurekar. The tracks have been rendered by Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala, Shreya Ghoshal and others.
The sound design is by Bishwadeep Chatterji who has to his credit films like Parineeta, Laaga Chunri Mein Daag, Eklavya ,Rituparno Ghosh’s Choker Bali etc.
The film has been mixed at Yashraj Films Studio under Anuj Mathur.
The story of Dashavatar is as follows: Two children Aarti and Ajay escape from kidnappers and take shelter in an abandoned temple. The kidnapper and his henchmen arrive and set fire to the temple door in the hope of burning them. As the girl prays to the idol of Lord Krishna, pleading to be saved, it seems by some miracle her prayers are answered and the goons get a beating. A pujari appears which prompts the boy Ajay to believe that they were saved by him. But the pujari who is none other than Lord Vishnu’s devotee Narad assures the children that it was none other than the Lord himself who is their saviour. But the boy is skeptical. Narad now decides to prove the Lord’s power and his role as a saviour and tricks the children into reciting a mantra which sends them hurtling into space, their dress and appearance changes to a traditional look.
They are transported in time when the world is facing a cosmic dissolution. Lord Brahma having created the world through his day is now resting through the night waiting for the dissolution of the world before he starts creation for a new age. (Brahmadev creates through the day which spans millions of years and the dissolution takes place in one night of Brahma).While sleeping the Vedas slip out of Brahmadev’s mouth and a demon Hayagreev listening to them decides to absorb these Vedas, which is seen by an Apsara who panics and approaches Narad muni to stop the catastrophe. Now Lord Vishnu appears to fulfill the cosmic destiny of selecting the Manu to carry civilization forward and save the Vedas for mankind.
What follows is ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu as seen by the children.