Chhota Bheem on big screen
Rajiv Chilaka who has co-directed Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka 3D, talks about the film and popularity of the character
Television’s most popular animation character Chhota Bheem will now be seen on the silver screen. The film titled Chhota Bheem: Kung Fu Dhamaka 3D, will see Bheem and his friends setting out on an adventure in the Land of the Dragon (China) to participate in the biggest Kung Fu competition of the world.
Directed by Rajiv Chilaka and Binayak Das and produced by Green Gold Animation, the film is set to release on May 10.
Chilaka says that the film will differ from the TV series in certain aspects. “In the film, Bheem will be a year older than he is in the TV series and because it’s 3D, the experience will be quite different for the viewers. It will be larger-than-life. The story is completely different and Bheem and others look different too. Their look is quite contemporary,” says Chilaka.
The film will have different characters from different parts of the world and Chilaka is sure that the existing fans will love the film.
The makers have therefore partnered with Yash Raj Films to give it a wider release. They also plan to release it globally because of which, says Chilaka, they have given a more contemporary touch to the characters and story. “Chhota Bheem, the series is set in the past but we wanted today’s generation to connect with the character,” says Chilaka, who is also the founder & CEO of Green Gold Animation.
He informs that they did research on what people would like to see about Chhota Bheem and it was through the research that they realised that people would love to see the ‘Kung Fu’ angle. “We started making a 2D film but we wanted to come up with a grand project, so we took our own time to work on the various aspects of production. It took us close to five years to work on the film,” Chilaka says. He is happy with the outcome and feels that the film is now at par with international animation. “There is a nice catchy song that we have added. The film will be liked by everyone, even those who are not aware about Chhota Bheem. This is the best animation film made out of India,” he claims.
Chhota Bheem is one of the most loved characters on India television — around 40 million children watch the series. Chilaka says kids love it because they can easily connect with the character. “Whoever watches it, can relate to it. The storytelling is simple and linear. We keep trying different aspects in the series which also connects with our viewers. And we try to keep it fresh,” he points out.
There are very few children’s films made in India. It’s one of most neglected genres on the big screen, which Chilaka says is unfortunate. “But the trend is changing. Animation in general is a new industry for us. There are a few success stories but more such stories have to be attempted. This movie will do well at the box-office and motivate others to make many such films,” says Chilaka before signing off.