Motu and Patlu, along with Ketan Mehta (in the centre).
Though the animation industry in India doesn’t grab eyeballs the way its western counterpart does, things are changing for the better. Recently, Nickelodeon took another step in the right direction by launching a new home-grown animated show. Motu Patlu from Lotpot comics has been produced by Ketan Mehta of Maya Digital Studios and he tells us what is going on with the show:
“Motu and Patlu are two iconic characters and have been popular for almost 42 years across India. So when A K Bajaj (editor and publisher, Lotpot Comics) approached us we immediately agreed,” shares Mehta who feels that while the animation industry is still at the nascent stage, it is “growing at a rapid pace.”
Mehta’s production house has completed converting Sons of Ramayana to 3D. “We are also working on Captain Vyom, India’s first sci-fi animated series,” offers the director whose movie, Rang Rasiya, will also release next year. “Talking about movies, there is Mountain Man with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the the lead, about a poor man in Bihar who dug up a mountain for 22 years in memory of his wife,” concludes Mehta.