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‘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


CK Comics wants its characters to have a global appeal: Shane Will
4:00 pm PDT 17/01/2015 By Niyati Handa

CK Comics from California is an art that will excite and ignite your imagination. With titles such as ‘Caliber’ and ‘Tomorrow’ they are all set to come out with ‘Incursion’ that will be a compiled work of their 21 characters so far. It’s a team of twelve members who work day and night to get at least one title or issue every month. From a diverse cast, to young and mature they have stories for everyone. It’s a self funded … Read More


Making a ‘Submarine Sandwich’ the ‘PES’t way possible
1:00 pm PDT 12/01/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

PES is the creator of some of the most widely viewed stop-motion films of all-time including Roof Sex, KaBoom!, Game Over, Human Skateboard, Western Spaghetti and Academy Award nominee Fresh Guacamole. He burst onto the scene over a decade ago in 2002 with Roof Sex, a short film depicting two chairs having sex in broad daylight on the rooftop of a building in the busy New York City. PES has built a career around pairing everyday objects with seemingly unrelated … Read More


Important to have a public kids’ channel and co-production for Indian Animation to grow: Mickael Marin
7:00 pm PDT 09/01/2015 By Vishaka Chakrapani

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has been in existence for over five decades; starting off as a one off event, it progressed to once in two years and from 1998 has grown onto becoming an annual festival for animation from across the world. In the 1980s TV shows were added to the films, followed by films made by students.  Annecy Festival and MIFA head of economic development Mickael Marin has been heading the business for more than six years. … Read More


Tryst with Manga continues in the third volume of ‘The Beast Legion’ for Jazyl Homavazir
7:00 pm PDT 19/12/2014 By Niyati Handa

Jazyl Homavazir a 2D Animator, Illustrator and character designer by profession is all set to launch the third volume of his weekly web-comic ‘The Beast Legion’ at Mumbai Films and Comic Convention 2014.  In his spare time, he runs a free to read weekly web-comic which is created in a ‘Manga’ style, something that he personally specialises in. Jazyl has been running his website for the past four years and has completed eight issues of the previous series and will … Read More


Tinkle to bring back old characters with new ‘tadka’ this Comic Con!
12:30 pm PDT 16/12/2014 By Niyati Handa

Published in the year 1980 by Uncle Pai, India’s first English-language comic Tinkle recently celebrated its 34th anniversary. It is a comic book that has played an integral part in the growing up years of most children in India over three decades. A total of 622 issues have been printed so far; Suppandi, Tantri The Mantri and Shikari Shambu are some of the most renowned Tinkle comic characters and have been recognised globally as well. Apart from comic strips, Tinkle also contains various stories, puzzles, quizzes, contests along with other … Read More


‘Angry Maushi’ all geared up to salvage with her new weapon!
6:30 pm PDT 10/12/2014 By Niyati Handa

Saree-pallu tucked in her waist with a sharp ‘Katana’ in her hand, she is once again set to save the day. Indie artist Abhijeet Kini is gearing up to release his third edition of Angry Maushi- Katana special which is a part of his trilogy series involving guns, fists, katana. The third installment of the Angry Maushi series where the Marathi lady is all set to embrace herself into a ‘Ninja’ is being released at the Mumbai Comic Con 2014; and this time all … Read More