>>After the astounding success of Hanuman and Siva, Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd. is gearing up to set another milestone with a 75-minute animation film â€˜SwamiAyyappanâ€™ based onthe lifestory of a boy â€˜Manikandanâ€™who became a God worshipped by millions.The film, a coproduction between Toonz and the Mumbai based Animagic , creator of the award winning TV feature, TRIPURA,Â is slated to premier on national TV channels and subsequently distributed as DVDs during the upcoming Sabarimala season.
â€œThe film has the right mix of fantasy, action, adventure, mythology and history and is sure to delight audience of all ages. More than being a film on a mythological super â€“ hero, it is the message of religious tolerance and secularism that â€˜Swami Ayyappanâ€™ highlightsâ€, says Mr. P Jayakumar, CEO, Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd.
The film, directed by Mahesh Vettiyar and Chetan Sharma follows the life of Manikandan,who is believed to be born out of the union between Lord Shiva and Vishnu in his Mohiniavatar.Â The incarnation is said to be for the purpose of slaying the demonessMahishi,who was burning with anger to avenge the death of her brothertheasura king Mahishasura,and therebydestroying all the three worlds. The larger purpose of hisembodiment was to banish evil from this world and establish good.
â€œAnimagic is pleased to participate in this beautiful project with Toonz. We enjoy telling stories from our roots and the legend of Ayyappan is a fantastic opportunity to serve that purpose humbly! Ayyappan is revered by millions and is a great role model for young children in his compassion, kindness and humility inspite of being, well â€“a God!Â We hope this film will become the definitive retelling of the story of Ayyappan for the small screen!â€, says Mr. Chetan Sharma, CEO, Animagic.