CINEMA Animation film on Lord Ayyappa to hit the screens next month
Animation major Toonz has completed a full-length film on Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of the Sabarimala temple.It is to hit the big screen by mid-November, when the two-month long pilgrimage season of the hill shrine begins.
Though the central character of the animated film is the divine personality worshipped by millions, it has been conceived and presented in a manner enjoyable to children and adults all over the world, says Toonz’s CEO P. Jayakumar. According to the legend, Ayyappa was born with the principal mission of slaying demoness Mahishi. The infant was found in thick forest on the banks of river Pampa by King Raja Rajasekhara of Pandalam while hunting. He adopted him as his son and named him Manikandan. As he matured into a young man, he became the destroyer of evil forces and eventually left the palace choosing the Sabari hills as his abode, visited by millions of devotees from India and abroad every year. Toonz plans to show the 90-minute film through movie houses in South India by November, followed by its national release on television and digital release worldwide after a gap.