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Arjun: The Warrior Prince (Arjun) - This animated retelling of the classic Indian tale of Prince Arjun -- part of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharat -- begins during the prince's youth. As the film unfolds, Arjun acquires the maturity and education that allow him to accept his warrior soul.

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THE BIGGEST Indian animated feature, Arjun: The Warrior Prince, is set to be a summer blockbuster. Director Arnab Chaudhuri, 40, talks to Aradhna Wal about scaling animation for adults with a story every child knows.

Tell us about the project.
It is a huge film. It took us three years to make it. Ronnie (Screwvala) approached me with the idea of a film on Arjun and I jumped at it. Common depictions of the Mahabharata are so formal. We’ve used the story to make a big martial arts spectacle. In that sense it’s quite a contemporary take. It’s not just a comedy for kids.

Why tag it ‘The Untold Story’?
It’s about the approach. People think of Arjun as a hero without flaws. But he was a man involved in a power struggle. Before that he was a boy who was a very talented marksman. There is a big difference between being able to hit the target and being a warrior leading an army into battle. We deal with his insecurity, doubt, his transformation and his coming of age. The same with the other Pandavas. What you read and what you see, they’re fine upstanding characters. That is boring. How do you create differences between them? Bhim and Yudhishthir bicker, like brothers would.

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WITH THE END OF THE YEAR on the approach, certain websites have already begun to speculate the possible considerations for the 2013 Oscars. In this regard, the following list is what is believed to be strongest contenders for "Best Animated Feature Film".

1. Arjun: The Warrior Prince (Walt Disney Pictures)
2. Brave (Walt Disney Pictures)
3. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (Universal Pictures)
4. Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures)
5. From Up on Poppy Hill (GKids)
6. Hotel Transylvania (Columbia Pictures)
7. Ice Age: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox)
8. A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (Brainstorm Media)

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Arjun: The Warrior Prince is an Indian cel-shaded CG film produced by UTV Motion Pictures. It was completed in 2010 but will be released in India on May 25, 2012. Disney has recently acquired UTV and therefore the movie will be released under the Disney label. This is the second fully-animated Indian film to be released under the Disney name. The first one was Roadside Romeo, a Disney and Yash Raj Films co-production. [SOURCE]


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