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On suffering huge losses after Ramayana bombed at the box office, the filmmaker asked most of his workers to quit
After Ramayana turned out to be a box-office turkey, filmmaker Ketan Mehta has had no buyers for Rang Rasiya for a long time.
Having run into huge losses, Mehta decided to sack eighty percent of the employees in his company, the Maya Digital Media Pvt Ltd.
Mehta’s employees were asked to leave a week before Diwali, with the promise that they will be paid a month’s extra salary. But the employees are apparently still awaiting salaries for the month before this one. Even Chetan Desai, the director of Ramayana has supposedly been sacked.
|Deepa Sahi||Ketan Mehta|
An ex employee on the condition of anonymity says, “They told me to leave including other 160 employees. I haven’t got an increment in the past two years.”
Apparently, Ketan has now moved into a much smaller office in Malad and he has sold off several computers as well.
An insider gives another point of view and says, “The company lost international clients because two senior ex employees, Jai Natrajan and Dipesh Sahi had a fallout with Ketan and they started their own company in Bangalore. They spread false rumours about Maya shutting down and stole its clients.”
Ketan Mehta’s phone was switched off but his wife and company’s co-owner Deepa Sahi says, “We started Maya ten years ago but we took it over three months ago. The cost involved in an animation is very high. We realised there were many problems with the company. We have hired Frank Foster as a new CEO of the company.”
Sahi clarifies that Chetan Desai is on two-month sabbatical. However she adds, “It has nothing to do with Ramayana.”
Talking about the unpaid salaries Deepa clarifies, “The salaries got delayed because of restructuring but they will get paid. It was too expensive to continue paying salaries to 200 employees. We had to take some corrective measures.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 28, 2010 – 12:55 IST
Whistling Woods International (WWI) is all set to branch out and set up its campus at Jhajjar in Haryana. This will be the institute’s second facility in India, after its campus at Filmcity in Mumbai.
During his recent visit to Mumbai, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister, Haryana along with his delegation of high-level government officials visited the institute and interacted with Mr. Subhash Ghai and the team at WWI. Mr. Hooda was impressed with the filmmaking techniques, the course structure and the state-of-the-art facilities offered at WWI and described the institute as an excellent place for students to learn from the best. He said that Mr. Ghai was marching ahead of time as he felt strongly that the real competition for resources would be in the field of education and skill development; and that the areas and states blessed with quality education would be the real leaders in the time to come. He was delighted that a campus with this vision would be available to the students of Haryana and adjoining states.
Speaking on the occasion and complimenting Mr. Hooda for his visionary approach in the field of education and other areas, Mr. Subhash Ghai, Founder and Chairman, Whistling Woods International said, “Haryana has made tremendous progress under the leadership of Mr. Hooda and the whole of India is appreciating it. Haryana is a state with huge potential, with young budding talent. This institute will give an opportunity to these young aspiring film-makers to chase their dreams.”
The institute is being set up in a 20-acre sprawling campus at Jhajjar in Haryana and will provide world-class film, television, animation and media education. The integrated model will also include space for shooting floors, studios and various commercial complexes. With a planned investment on the project of over Rs.100 crore, the institute campus will be ready within three years. This institute will cater to the whole of North India, including Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jammu & Kashmir besides Haryana.
By Taran Adarsh, October 15, 2010 – 08:26 IST
When asked to comment on the quality of animation films produced in India, I recall commenting that we are still in infancy stages right now, still grappling with how to make animation movies, still confused about the target audience and how to compete with feature films which remain the first choice of moviegoers… The thought of competing or comparing with animation films in the West just doesn’t arise at this point.
Generally, animation films made across the Atlantic target not just the kids, but also grownups, but the animation films made in Mumbai are targeted at kids primarily. When they [the kids] have access to the best of animation on television, why would they spend their parents’ hard-earned money to watch an animation film in theatres?
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But, hopefully, things should change for better with Ketan Mehta’s animation film RAMAYANA, which has been timed during Dashehra. One expects a top notch animation film from Mehta, mainly because his studio [Maya] is a front-runner in the animation industry. The expectations only double since Mehta and director Chetan Desai choose ‘Ramayana’ as the subject for their animation film.
RAMAYANA works for two reasons. One, the story [yes, we know the story well, but love to listen to it again and again] keeps you hooked and two, the quality of animation is super. It’s difficult to encompass this great epic in a two-hour film [this one's less than two hours], but the makers convey all they ought to convey most effectively.
A number of sequences from RAMAYANA have recall value. But, as a viewer, I really liked the portions depicting the fight between Sugriva and Bali, Raavan’s introduction, Hanuman’s journey to Lanka and of course, the battle between Lord Rama and Raavan. In fact, the battle is spectacular and blows your mind. Besides, the vibrant usage of colors coupled with a fast-paced narrative makes this animation film the best we’ve seen so far. In addition to that, special attention has been paid to the lighting and costumes. Also, the animated characters come alive with voice-overs by Manoj Bajpayee [Lord Rama], Juhi Chawla [Goddess Sita], Ashutosh Rana [Raavan] and Mukesh Rishi [Lord Hanuman].
The only problem that I see is the usage of chaste Hindi at several points, which makes it difficult to comprehend. Also, a few incidents/occurrences from the epic are fleetingly mentioned, which may seem right since the makers didn’t want to exceed the desired length of the film, but when you decide to make a film on ‘Ramayana’, you can’t mention the vital incidents fleetingly.
On the whole, RAMAYANA is a must-watch. It’s the kind of cinema that should appeal to youngsters as well as adults, the kids and the kids-at-heart.
Remember the song jungle jungle baat chali hai pata chala hai, chadhi pehen ke phool khila hai… from The Jungle Book? It takes us on a wonderful nostalgia trip, right back to our childhood. And now the buzz is that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is planning to adapt The Jungle Book into a film. After making several romantic films, the director is keen on making the children’s film.
A source from the team reveals, “Bhansali has been toying with the idea of making a film for children since long. Recently, he zeroed in on the idea of The Jungle Book. Although in the past he has experimented with different genres, he has never tried anything like this. He finds the entire series very interesting and is keen to work on it.”
The source continues, “Few days ago, Hrithik took the Guzaarish crew members and Bhansali out for dinner at a suburban five star hotel. It was there that Bhansali spoke about this idea. In fact, his writers have started working on the script and story. Hrithik seemed quite excited and showed interest too. The movie will be shot in the Amazon and will have major graphics and animation. Bhansali also plans to rope in a Hollywood technician for the special effects.”
This might be an announcement of Hrithik and Bhansali doing another film together. “Hrithik has wanted to do a children’s film for long. His kids are major superhero fans and want to see their father in a fun children’s movie. Although this wouldn’t be a superhero flick, it will cater to the kids,” adds the source.
However, when we messaged Bhansali he denied the reports.
|Sanjay Bhansali||Hrithik Roshan|
By Nilanjana Nag (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 01, 2009)
If our favourite Tinkle character Suppandi were to don a Bollywood avatar, who do you think would fit the bill? Ranbir Kapoor, perhaps? Animation and VFX veteran Biju D, who is all set to direct a stereoscopic 3D animation on Suppandi, disagrees. “The work doesn’t end at finishing the voice-over for Suppandi,” Biju says. “The character would demand a lot more. Bollywood stars may not be able to give me that kind of time.”
The filmmaker wants to cast a theatre person to do the voice-over for Suppandi, someone who is lean and very energetic, like Suppandi’s character. Samir Patil, the CEO of ACK Media, the developers of 3D technology for this film, intends for it to appeal to adults too, the ones who grew up reading Tinkle. And how does the creator of Suppandi, Uncle Pai react to the venture? Samir says, “Uncle Pai has had a cataract operation recently and hence is unavailable. But being an innovator at heart, he is very excited about one of his favourite characters coming to life on the big screen.” The film is set for release in November 2010.