Courtesy: IndiaFM Friday, August 11, 2006 After the success of Phir Hera Pheri, producer Firoz Nadiadwala has taken a big leap. His latest venture is the production of animated films based on the two great Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. Nadiadwala informs that these will be India's first 3D animated films. Interestingly, he has roped in the team which was responsible for creating outstanding animation and building strong story board of the famous Hollywood movie Madagascar, to work on these films. Also, talks are on to get J.Williams to do the background score for these films. Says Nadiadwala, "We are looking forward to completing these films in the next 17-18 months and if everything goes well, the films shall be released in 2008."
Another factor that makes these projects a gigantic affair is that Firoz Nadiadwala is planning to give these films a worldwide release. "These two films will be dubbed in all major foreign languages and released internationally. Also, in India, these films will be dubbed in the regional languages and the voices to the characters will be given by the famous filmstars of that particular region." says Nadiadwala. He adds that his team is very excited about these projects and they are in fact looking forward to see these films go to the Oscars as India's official entry.
Apart from Ramayana and Mahabharata, Nadiadwala's team is also working on creating the animated version of Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri. The three characters, Raju, Shyam and Baburao who made the audiences laugh their heart out will now make a comeback in an animated form. This will be another interesting experiment to be done for the first time in Bollywood. Now, with so much of animation work happening at the Nadiadwala's production house, it looks like there is an Indian Walt Disney in the making.