Making films for kids is Ketan Mehta’s passion

Ketan Mehta

Ketan Mehta…’When I made Mangal Pandey biopics were not in vogue’. 

Director Ketan Mehta has not given up hopes of making film for children, an area Bollywood has neglected largely,

The neglect is due to producers’ reluctance to invest in an area which is not commercially successful.

The director believes this attitude can change with just one good movie.

The National Award-winning filmmaker says when he was making superstar Aamir Khan-starrer “Mangal Pandey: The Rising” in 2005, people were skeptical as biopics were not in vogue those days.

Today biopics are springing like mushrooms.

According to the director, things have changed today. “At that time, biopics were not in trend. So, people were not too sure. Today so many biopics are coming out and working too. Similarly, even with the animation industry, we are going ahead and progressing really quickly.”

Ketan has produced the animated film “Motu Patlu: King of Kings”, based on the popular TV series for children. The story revolves around two best friends from Furfuri Nagar. The characters are adapted from the classic Hindi comic magazine “Lot Pot”.

The filmmaker said though the show helped them establish the basic characters, the aim of the makers was to make it better.

“The TV programme is extremely popular and has been running for nearly 3-4 years. So in terms of characters for the film, we already had that. We were ready for it. But our main aim was to make the film better.”

“Doing animation for films is different from TV. So we had to take the scale higher and make sure that the audience gets a new experience watching the film, even though they have seen and loved the TV series,” he added.

The filmmaker is also working on an animated movie, based on noted author Rudyard Kipling’s novel “Kim”, and said work is going on.

Directed by Suhas D Kadav, “Motu Patlu: King of Kings” is scheduled to release on October 14. – CINEWS

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