First mainstream indigenous animation film hits the screen

NEW DELHI: Director and producer Anil Goyal‘s Ice ‘n’ Spicy, the country’s first mainstream ‘non-mythological’ feature-length 3-D animation film using high–tech computer hardware, has been released across 15 screens in Mumbai and Delhi on 9 August.

Ice ‘n’ Spicy has eight songs tuned by Dilip Sen. Scripted by Harvinder Makkar, the 90-minute film has voice-over by Akash Ahuja, Babla Kochhar, Siraaj Khaan, Vijahat, and Deepa. The creative visualisation is by Ritu Goyal, Parizat Saurabh, Jatin Goyal, Deepak Chetry and Manoj Kumar. The music album of the film has been released by T-Series.

The film has cost around Rs 20 million, and though initially made in Hindi, it will also be released in English for the international market.

Anil Goyal told,"This is the first animation film made in the country which has a modern storyline and is not based on mythology or folk tales. However, it has a character, Gantoo, who is inspired by Lord Ganesha. The film is a totally Indian endeavor right from conception, characterisation, animation on the computers, audio and music."

Explaining the technology, he said that he termed the animation as 3-D because every scene had depth in it and the technology did not need the use of special glasses.

The film is the story of two characters, Icy and his friend Spicy, who meet the magical Gantoo, who has come from another planet. They have several adventures that are funny and emotional, but then they have to encounter the villain Jindaan who is out to get their Gantoo.

The film has one item song rendered by Indipop singer Vasundhra Das. Other singers are Udit Narayan, Shaan, Hariharan, Pomela Jain, Madhushree, Javed Ali and Vani Babbar.


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