Bollywood has many genres – horror, drama, thriller, romance, action, comedy – one of them is animation. Although Bollywood has never been able to give Hollywood a run for its money in animated movies, they have managed to churn out reasonably impressive films.
Take a look at the top animated films which entertained the audiences and made their mark in the film industry:
This is an animated feature film directed by VG Samant and produced by Percept Pictures and Silvertoons. The animated film dramatizes the life of its title character, Hanuman, a Hindu God. The animation was created by Kakarakaya Pulsu. It is India’s first major commercial family animated feature (there were several earlier ones made by Pentamedia Graphics). The film collected Rs. 8.18 crores and was declared a Hit at the box office.
Return of Hanuman (2007)
This is a 2007 Indian animated film about an adventure of the Hindu god Hanuman. It has been stated that the film is a sequel to Hanuman; .It was produced by the Percept Picture Company and is directed by Anurag Kashyap. The music was composed by Tapas Relia. It is a children’s film and has been rated as an Educational Film by the CBFC because it deals with the issue of global warming. It was released in India on 28 December 2007.
Roadside Romeo (2008)
Roadside Romeo is a 2008 3D Indian-American computer animated romantic musical comedy family film written and directed by Jugal Hansraj and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra of Yash Raj Films and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in United States, United Kingdom and India. It was released on 24 October 2008 in the United States and India. An Arabic dub was released in Kuwait on October 23. This was the second Bollywood movie to receive a North American release by a Hollywood studio, following Sony Pictures’ Saawariya (2007). The title character is a dog living in Mumbai, as voiced by Saif Ali Khan; his girlfriend, Laila, is voiced by Kareena Kapoor. This was the first voice-over in an animated production for both actors. Roadside Romeo was also Hansraj’s directorial debut. Roadside Romeo received generally negative reviews from critics, with most of the criticism focused on the film’s script, predictable plot and overuse of clichés.
Dashavatar is a 2008 animated film based on the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The film is produced by Vimal Shah under the banner of Phoebus Media. It is directed by Bhavik Thakore. Music is by Anand Kurhekar with lyrics by Sandeep Khare. The movie centers on the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu as seen by two children. Dashavatar was released in cinemas in India on 13 June 2008.
This is a Bollywood animation film directed by Kompin Kemgumnird, produced by Percept Picture Company and features the voices of Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Dimple Kapadia, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Gulshan Grover, and Yuvraj Singh. It has Yashveer Bains as lead role of Jumbo. The film is an official remake/redubbing of the 2006 Thai film Khan Kluay. The film was dubbed and released in Hindi and the creative direction on the Hindi film was by Mayur Puri. Jumbo released worldwide on Christmas Day 2008, but was met with poor critical reviews and turned out to be one of the biggest box office disasters of the year. In 2011 A direct to DVD sequel titled Jumbo 2: The Return of the Big Elephant was released. Kumar was reportedly paid nine crores for the dubbing and two promotional songs.
Toonpur Ka Superhero (2010)
Written by Raagi Bhatnagar and directed by Kireet Khurana, the film stars Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Sanjay Mishra, Tanuja and Mukesh Tiwari in leading roles. The action comedy film was India’s first live action – 3D combination feature film produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and written by Raagii Bhatnagar under the production banner of Big Screen Entertainment, Eros International, Panorama Studios and Climb Media. The story of the film revolves around a kidnapping, when a real life actor is kidnapped and asked be to the hero of Toonpur.
Ramayana – The Epic (2010)
Ramayana: The Epic is a 2010 computer-animated film from India’s Maya Digital Media. Directed by Chetan Desai and produced by Ketan Mehta, it was released by Warner Bros. India on 15 October 2010. The film is a retelling of the story of Lord Rama, from his birth until his battle with Ravan at Sri Lanka.
Delhi Safari (2012)
This is an Indian bilingual stereoscopic 3D computer-animated comedy feature film directed by Nikhil Advani. It has been produced by Krayon Pictures (a Pune-based 3D animation studio). The film is based on a story and concept by Advani and features the voices of Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Sunil Shetty, Boman Irani, and Urmila Matondkar. The screenplay of the film is written by Girish Dhamija and Suresh Nair. The film traces the journey of five animals and birds from Mumbai to Delhi. The music of the film is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the lyrics are penned by Sameer. It is India’s first stereoscopic 3D animation feature film. The film released in India on 19 October 2012. Delhi Safari has been granted exemption from entertainment tax in the states of Maharashtra and Delhi. At the 60th National Film Awards, it won the National Film Award for Best Animated Film. The English version of the film has voices by Tom Kenny, Jason Alexander, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd, Jane Lynch, Vanessa Williams and Brad Garrett. The international sales of the film are being handled by Fantastic Films International. The film was released in the United States on 7 December 2012. Delhi Safari received a 15% score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a 35/100 in Metacritic.
Mahabharat 3D (2013)
This is a 2013 Indian computer animated historical drama film, directed by Amaan Khan and based on the Hindu epic of the same name. The film is produced by Kushal Kantilal Gada and Dhaval Jayantilal Gada. The film was a Christmas release on 27 December 2013. Several actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Vidya Balan, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepti Naval have been signed up for the characters in the film. Mahabharat is touted as most expensive animated film in Bollywood.