CAST & CREW
In catching up with worldwide trends, movies being made in India are also having more and more of animation content. “ Main Krishna Hoon” is one of the first offerings of the year 2013 in this category. Since the technical aspects are more important in animation films, this movie apparently scores well on those aspects.
However, the makers obviously have faced a dilemma in coming to a firm decision – ending up with only a part animation film, not being entirely sure of the quality and success of the animation, if they were to go for a full one. Having settled for part animation they fill in the real actors with big names, although only as guest artists, to be sure of some success at least.
As animation films do not normally lend themselves to complicated plots, the film has a very simple storyline and mostly catering to younger audiences. It is about a forsaken child that is found abandoned during floods by a kind-hearted lady, Kantaben, portrayed by Juhi Chawla, and Nattubhai, the character being portrayed by Paresh Tantra, more well known for his comic roles in TV and movies.
The two of them who incidentally run a good orphanage themselves, take kindly to the child and gives it shelter in the orphanage. Drawing an analogy with the events surrounding the birth of Lord Krishna, they christen the child as Krishna. The role is portrayed very admirably by Namit Shah, already known for his role as a naughty kid in a popular Disney Channel serial. Krishna grows up happily in the orphanage itself, along with others like him who had been sheltered by the couple.
However, in due course most of his companions move out, getting adopted by foster parents. Feeling the pangs of being unwanted, Krishna realizes to his grief that he may never be lucky to be taken, and in desperation, he flees to a temple nearby and prays to Lord Krishna. Sachindra Sharma’s story then unfolds along the lines of a mythological fantasy, with Lord Krishna himself coming down as the ‘butter thief’ that he was known of in mythology.
Lord Krishna befriends his namesake on the earth, and together they find out a family for the young orphan. It is only the role of Lord Krishna that is animated, and one is left hoping that a greater part of the film could have been animated. Perhaps to cater to the nonanimation audiences, the film boasts of a guest star credit list more imposing than multi-million blockbusters.
Katrina Kaif and Rittik Roshan appear in cameos, apparently out of their personal obligations towards the producers of the film. The other attraction the makers have thought it fit to add is the Govinda Ala Re item number choreographed by well-known dance director, Ganesh Acharya. The director of the film is none other than Rajiv Ruia of “My Friend Ganesha”, and one would have hoped that he need not have complicated a simple theme by drawing on social issues like child labor and other prevailing forms of discrimination.
Obviously the target audience of the movie would be the younger school-going generation who would lap up the antics of the young Lord Krishna. To provide the boost to indigenous animation film makers, it is highly recommended that such films do receive the audience appreciation and presence, side by side with pure commercial movies.
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