Manikantan, a full-length animated film produced by India Tales Media with a budget of Rs. 40 crores, will be released simultaneously in five Indian languages (Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu) in August, 2009. Its English version will be released in December, Nalin Singh, Managing Director of India Tales Media, said on Wednesday.
Eight different types of animation techniques like 2D, 3D animation, clay mation, toy mation, oil painting and Kerala murals are being used in the film, which is under production in Hyderabad and Thiruvanthapuram. Malayalam actors Mohanlal, Sukumari and Jagathi Sreekumar have lent their voices to the film, being directed by Reji Syne; maestro Ilayaraja has scored the music.
India Tales Media opted for an animated film on Lord Ayyappa as his company's aim is to show to the world the rich Indian tradition. Nalin Singh added that 200 technicians are working on the film in Hyderabad and 60 in Thiruvanthapuram.
The company has already announced the web launch of 'Manikantan Geet Mala', a devotional album on Lord Ayyappa. Music for the album has been composed by Ilaiyaraja and is being released in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
The lyrics are written by Vaali in Tamil, Vennela Kanti in Telugu, K. Kalyan in Kannada and Anil Panachooran in Malayalam. The album has six bhajans, sung by S.P. Balasubramaniam, Vijay Yesudas, Madhu Balakrishnan, Shankaran Namboodhri and Ilayaraja. The premiere concert of the album will held on October 12 in Chennai.