Interviews

Within 24 months India will be in the top 5 markets for game downloads: Reliance Games CEO Amit Khanduja
5:00 pm PDT 06/06/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Reliance Entertainment recently had a major change at the top end of the management with former CEO Manish Agarwal leaving the company to join Nazara Technologies, the conglomerate appointed Amit Khanduja as the new CEO and AnimationXpress got chatting with him on his new role and what are his plans for the company; his views on the Indian gaming ecosystem and how it is different from the other global players. Excerpts:- A little about your previous role and what’s on … Read More


The story behind ‘Super Nano Jumpers’ developer, Himanshu Manwani
6:30 pm PDT 04/06/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Mobile gaming today in India has reached a stage where it can be called the next technological boom just like the dot com and the IT industry witnessed respectively over phases. The number of smartphones today in the country can justify the fact that everyone today is connected to the world of the internet and the things around it. This also has given rise to new set of gamers in the country which never existed before. The moms, dads and … Read More


I think India is a year away from its first Indie gaming superstar: Mike Bithell
5:00 pm PDT 21/04/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

The Indie developers scene is something to watch out for in the domestic market, specially on the mobile front. There have been many small studios that have hit it big in the recent past, to the extent of being featured on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, like Yellow Monkey Studio’s Socioball, HashStash’s Splash Damage and Mech Mocha’s Puppet Punch. In the recently concluded Reliance Games PGConnects Bangalore there were a host of such Indies who had … Read More


We are not focusing on India alone, our market is the world: DSK GIG MD Tanvi Kulkarni
7:30 pm PDT 06/04/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

One of the newbies in the gaming industry has been truning up the heat on not just the domestic circuit but also internationally. The Pune-based DSK Green Ice Games has already tasted success in terms of travelling the world and being in the same room with industry big-wigs like Epic Games and NVIDIA at GDC 2015 in San Francisco. Finishing work on its first game, Death God University (D.G.U) the studio has bigger plans in place to reach astronomical heights … Read More


We’d love to create something original from HISHE someday: Tina Alexander
7:30 pm PDT 31/03/2015 By Vishaka Chakrapani

Nearly 10 years ago, in 2005, when Daniel Baxter and Tommy Watson came out of a theatre with an alternative ending to the movie they had just watched. A simple idea that could have struck any one of us was taken up as a challenge and converted into an animated spoof series on Hollywood movies. 10 years down the line, How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) has become a brand in itself giving rise to many mimicking their pattern. The … Read More


PGConnects Bangalore will let Indian game developers learn from the experts: Manish Agarwal
5:00 pm PDT 24/03/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Reliance Games – publisher and developer of mobile games, is bringing one of the most celebrated international mobile gaming conferences, Pocket Gamer Connects to India. The conference will be held in Bangalore on 16 and 17 April 2015. The event will feature some of the biggest and most sought after developers and global publishers known for games like as Angry Birds (Rovio), Cut the Rope (Zeptolab) and many others. The conference will consist of short-form talks, practical advice and intensive networking also featuring developers … Read More


‘Burka Avenger’ feature film is on the cards: Haroon Rashid
5:00 pm PDT 19/02/2015 By Vishaka Chakrapani

Donning the trademark Islamic burqa as a shield, came Pakistan’s first animated TV series ‘Burka Avenger’, the story of a young school teacher whose alter ego is a burqa wearing superwoman who fights crime by the art of ‘takht kabbadi’. Created by acclaimed Pakistani singer Haroon, the series aimed at young children, attempts to portray women in a better light as well as show that a burqa is not necessarily an object of oppression. Now, in its second season, the … Read More


Bade Chote ki Kahaani 9XM ki Zubaani
6:30 pm PDT 11/02/2015 By Vishaka Chakrapani

For nearly eight years, we have been watching two bacterial characters create havoc on screen. First on one channel and now on three different channels – 9XM, 9X Jhakaas and 9X Tashan. Bade Chote, Bheegi Billi, Betel Nuts have become part of our lives. Not to forget Jatt & Jaat, Ullu da Patha, Chochlya Locha, Surmai, Kauwaa Kauwaa, Halkat Sawal etc who have lately become popular in Maharashtra and Punjab.  Introducing animation in an unknown genre – Music – was … Read More


Sound is probably the most inexpensive production tool at one’s disposal: Pankaj Kedia
8:00 pm PDT 26/01/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

Pankaj Kedia has been part of the media, entertainment and visual computing industry for long now, where he has held various key positions in management, sales, marketing, pre-sales, and solutions integration. He has also been instrumental in supporting the growth and development of the visual effects, DI, digital post production, broadcast graphics, and animation industries in India. His goal is to help establish and grow Dolby’s business across diverse market segments, including cinema, broadcast, PC, mobile, consumer electronics, and gaming. … Read More


‘Sholay Adventures’ can be enjoyed by fathers and sons alike: Sharad Devarajan
12:00 pm PDT 24/01/2015 By Niyati Handa

1975 gave birth to one of the biggest cult Hindi feature film of all time in Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay. When first released, Sholay received negative critical reviews and a tepid commercial response, but favourable word-of-mouth publicity helped it to become a box office success. It broke records for continuous showings in many theatres across India, and ran for more than five years at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre. By some accounts, Sholay is also the highest grossing Indian film of all time, adjusted for inflation.  One would … Read More


A peek behind the making of ‘PK’ with Riva VFX and Animation
5:45 pm PDT 21/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

19 December, 2014 will go done in history as the date when India’s most successful film hit the silver screens, starring arguably the most versatile actor on celluloid – Aamir Khan – pulling off a full-monty. The storyline of the movie revolves around the character of ‘PK’ – an alien who comes in search of life on Earth (referred to as ‘Gola’) – and in the process, learns how humans are more driven by religious beliefs and the fear of … Read More


Understanding Shankar’s ‘I’ through the eyes of Srinivas Mohan
3:00 pm PDT 19/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Two long decades in an industry that is only gaining ground now, with importance and acceptance coming slowly, but this man already has three national awards to show for his work. Having spent nearly two decades in the VFX industry in the country, he has been one of the crucial blocks in building this nascent but vital industry. Indian Artists Computer Graphics CEO Srinivas Mohan has attempted challenging projects such as ‘Enthiran’ (‘Robot’) and ‘Sivaji’ in the past. His latest … Read More