After witnessing the financial success in producing animated films outside of the mainstream children’s genre, many Indian production houses are now attempting to produce full-length animated films (both in 2D and 3D) based on some of the popular Indian mythological stories, often on the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana, or their characters. So, here is a list of some of the high-quality animated films made on Indian mythology.
Ramayana – Legend of Prince Ram (1993)
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama is an anime adaptation of the popular Hindu epic The Ramayana, in which Lord Rama battles the evil king Ravana and frees his wife Devi Sita from captivity. This animated film was released in 1993 and has an IMDB rating of 9.1 out of 10. It was a huge product co-produced by India and Japan under the direction of Yugo Sako.
Mahabharata is directed by Amaan Khan and was released on December 25th, 2013. Although the quality of the film was good and featured many popular stars from Bollywood for its voice acting, the movie did not do well at the box office. It was produced at a cost of Rs 50 crore but did not make more than Rs 1.5 crore at the box office. It only got a 5.3 rating on IMDB.
Ramayana: The Epic (2010)
The film was released on October 15th, 2010. Ramayana- The Epic is a beautifully made 3D feature film narrating the story of Lord Rama and his journey to rescue his loving wife Devi Sita from the evil king Ravana. It took five years to plan, produce, and release the film in theaters. IMDB gave it a 5.8 rating out of 10.
One of the financially successful animated movies in India is based on the legend of Lord Hanuman in his childhood. It was India’s very first full-length animated movie that was released directly in theaters. The film collected over Rs. 8 crore and was declared a box office hit.
Krishna – The Birth (2006)
Lord Krishna is one of the most popular gods in India. Thousands of temples are there in every nook and corner of this country to show his popularity as a Hindu god. The animated movie Krishna – The Birth tried to tell the story of the miraculous birth of Lord Vishnu in the form of baby Krishna to Vasudev and Devi Devaki.
Krishna Aur Kans (2012)
Krishna Aur Kans was released in 2012 as a 2D animated cartoon aimed at children of small ages. It was officially produced in four languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and English. For the initial six months after the release of the movie, it was made tax-free in six states.
Sons of Ram (2012)
Sons of Rama is an Indian animated film produced by ACK Animation Studios. This animated film was released on November 2nd, 2012. In IMdb it got a rating of 7.6 out of 10. The movie was based on the story of the two sons of Lord Rama, Lava and Kusha.
Arjun: The Warrior Prince (2012)
Released on May 25th 2012, the movie Arjun – The Warrior Prince was one of the best movies made on Indian mythology in terms of incorporating a unique animation style. Unfortunately, the movie did not do well at the box office despite being a solid all-rounder film. The movie is loosely based on the story of how Arjuna became the greatest warrior and archer of his time.
Ghatothkach, Master Of Magic (2008)
Ghatothkach Master Of Magic is a 3D animated feature film that was released on May 23rd, 2008. IMdb gave it a rating of 7.2 out of 10, showing the movie was a success. The movie was based on the life of one of the lesser known characters named Ghatothkach, who was the son of Bhima and Hidimba.
The Dashavatar Animated (2008)
There are many movies in both traditional and animated forms. This movie of Dashavatar which was released in 2008, was a full-length animated movie based on the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism. Imdb gave it a rating of 6.3.
Bal Ganesh (2007)
Bal Ganesh is a 3D animated movie based on the legends of Lord Ganesha as the mischievous son of Lord Shiva. Released in 2007, the movie was a hit, and still gets aired from time to time on kids’ TV channels.
The Legend Of Buddha (2004)
The Legend of Buddha is an Indian 2D animated film based on the legends of Prince Siddhartha Gautama and how he leaves his kingdom to embark on a journey of achieving spiritual enlightenment and is finally titled as the Buddha. IMdb gave it a rating of 6.8 out of 10.