A clear cut case of having a strong takeoff but landing on unwanted grounds, Abhimanyu Singh's Contiloe Pictures eight year long dream to entertain with the animated genre on big screen with MAHAYODDHA RAMA is an unfortunate misfire.MAHAYODDHA RAMA MOVIE POSTER
The production house known for giving historical and mythological like CHAKRAVATI ASHOK SAMRAT, SANKAT MOCHAN HANUMAN begins on the right note with the introduction of Ravana (voiced by Gulshan Grover) but slowly and surely the Rohit Vad helmed 3D animated picture repeats the same mistake - while pleasing the toddler, tries to impress the grown up and unfortunately slips from their laps also.
The eight year old delay in release adds more salt to the wounds. Although the animation by Pixion earlier) and Illusions Studio later is of good standards as seen in Bollywood. An eight year old entry would have added more glory in technicalities to this animated story that tells the mythological saga of 'Ramayana' from Ravana's perspective and turns caricaturist in nature.
The seed of 10 evils was a good thought with each having a distinct voice (Gaurav Gera, Roshan Abbas, Ameen Sayani, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Kiku Shardha) and peculiarity but somehow the makers just couldn't twine the thought with the goodness of Ramayana and the greatness of creative art and will to tell an inspiring and reverting tale.
Sticking to the 'filmy' culture throughout, the animated tale scores high on the excellent voice over of Gulshan Grover who makes this feature watchable. Kunal Kapoor as Ram, Jimmy Sheirgill as Laxman, Mukesh Rishi as Hanuman and Mouni Roy as Sita chip in with valuable support.
The creative direction of Deepak S.V. is fine. Name of late Aadesh Shrivastava in the music director credit gives a nostalgic feel while the film fails to score much on its merit and leaves a lot to be desired.
More discouraging is the way the big screen animation gets treated in India. Either you struggle to make (like this which reportedly took eight years) or even if you make a decent one like MOTU PATLU, you fail to get the required screens or holiday slot.
India has a good treasure of inspiring stories for the kid genre from its folk and mythology; the reason for the neglect of this huge potential market which can be a game changer in Asia at least is a mystery.