Though animation films make for an exciting viewing experience, making them is a task. The filmmakers not only have to create the characters, but also have to infuse life in them and make them act. Having said that, the possibilities are endless in animation films. There's no limit to creativity. Whatever is envisioned, can be created. The things that are not possible through the normal feature format can be incorporated in animation films. They can make you want to be in the world that they build.
Mythology gains precedence in the animation films made in India. Be it HANUMAN, KRISHNA, BAL GANESH series, RETURN OF HANUMAN, DASHAVATAR or GHATOTHKACH, all are based on Indian mythology. LAVA KUSA is no exception.
Too many stories about Ramayana have been told but not much is shown about the mythological characters - Lava and Kusa. That's probably the reason why the producers decided to make this film. Born to mother Sita at Sage Valmiki's hermitage, they grow up learning the wisdom of Ramayana and the art of war from Sage Valmiki. All is well till they go to Ayodhya, the land of Lord Rama and learn that he had wrongfully expelled Sita from his kingdom and sent her on exile to the forest. Hearing this, their respect for Lord Rama turns into rage and they make their exit from the kingdom.
They get an opportunity to confront Rama when they intercept the white sacrificial horse of Aswamedha yagna. Lava and Kusa arrest the horse and also enslave Satrugna and Laxman, which forces Lord Rama to fight with Lava and Kusa.
The first half of the film is blemished with an incoherent script, without offering many significant moments. It's a collection of random sequences which don't really take the story ahead. The narrative picks up in the second half with the riveting battle sequences. The animation, though not bad, is rudimentary.
The entire Ramayana is hurriedly shown through copious songs. Wonder if children, who are perhaps the main target audience of the film, would be able to comprehend it. The sequence in which animals eat magical fruits and grow monstrous, which can even give Hanuman a run for his money, is hilarious. Voice-overs of all the characters suit the bill perfectly.
LAVA KUSA: THE WARRIOR TWINS is a decent but puerile attempt. Is this because it was made for kids? Your guess is as good as ours.