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Ramayana: The Epic
Directed by Chetan Desai[1][2]
Produced by Ketan Mehta[3]
Starring Manoj Bajpai[1]
Juhi Chawla[1]
Ashutosh Rana[1]
Mukesh Rishi[4]
Studio Maya Digital Media[1]
Distributed by Warner Bros. India[1]
Release date(s) 15 October 2010 (2010-10-15)
Running time 100 minutes[5]
Country India
Language Hindi

Ramayana: The Epic is a 2010 computer-animated film[2] from India's Maya Digital Media.[1] Directed by Chetan Desai[1][2] and produced by Ketan Mehta,[3] it will be released by Warner Bros. India on October 15, 2010.[1]



The film is a retelling of the story of Lord Rama, from his birth until his battle with Ravan at Sri Lanka.[5]


Name Character Source
Manoj Bajpai Ram [5]
Juhi Chawla Sita [5]
Ashutosh Rana Ravan [5]
Mukesh Rishi Hanuman [4]


"The Ramayana holds appeal even today, thousands of years after it is said to have been written. It is impossible to translate the grandeur and the setting of this epic in live action. Hence, animation is the only way to retell it in all its glory."

Ketan Mehta, producer[6]

Ramayana is the directorial debut of Chetan Desai,[2] the chairman and managing director of Maya Digital Media.[1] More than 400 crewmembers worked on the film over a five-year period;[5] the first three years were spent designing the characters, while the other two were devoted to actual production.[4]


In September 2010, Warner Bros. India acquired the rights to Ramayana: The Epic.[1][2][7] This has made it India's second animated feature to be released by the local arm of a Hollywood studio, following Disney and Yash Raj's Roadside Romeo from 2008.[1]

The film is slated for release on 15 October 2010, during the festivity of Dussehra.[2] It will be screened in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions,[1][7] and has also been dubbed into English, Gujarati and Bengali.[6]


Reporting for the Twitch Film site, Josh Hurtado said, "While the animation of this project may look crude to [Western] eyes based upon the trailer, it is still miles beyond anything we've seen India create in this department so far."[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Bhushan, Nyay (14 September 2010). "Warner India to release 'Ramayana'". The Hollywood Reporter (e5 Global Media). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Chakraborty, Swarup (14 September 2010). "Warner [Bros.] to distribute Ramayana". Business Standard (Business Standard Limited). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Ramayana: The Epic slideshow". MSN Entertainment India. Microsoft. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Animated Ramayana to Be Released for Dussehra". CineGoer. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Agencies (15 September 2010). "Warner [Bros.] to distribute Ramayana-The Epic". (The Indian Express Limited). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Nagpaul D'souza, Dipti (17 September 2010). "Epic Effort". (The Indian Express Limited). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Hurtado, Josh (13 September 2010). "Film News: Indian Animated 'Ramayana: The Epic' Picked Up by Warner [Bros.]". Twitch Film. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 

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