With the success of animated films expanding beyond mainstream children’s genres, Indian production houses are now venturing into creating full-length animated movies, encompassing both 2D and 3D formats.
These films draw inspiration from popular Indian mythological stories, primarily the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana, along with their iconic characters.
Here’s a compilation of top-tier animated films based on Indian mythology.
Ramayana – Legend of Prince Ram (1993)
The 1993 anime film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama is a captivating adaptation of the Hindu epic The Ramayana. The movie brings to life Lord Rama’s heroic battle against the malevolent King Ravana as he embarks on a mission to rescue his beloved wife, Devi Sita. A collaborative production between India and Japan, the film boasts an impressive IMDB rating of 9.1 and was skillfully directed by Yugo Sako.
Directed by Amaan Khan and released on December 25th, 2013, the film adaptation of the epic “Mahabharata” boasted high production quality and a star-studded Bollywood cast for voice acting. However, despite its cinematic merits, the movie faced a disappointing performance at the box office. With a production cost of Rs 50 crore, it managed to garner only Rs 1.5 crore in box office earnings. Its IMDB rating reflects this mixed reception, standing at just 5.3.
Ramayana: The Epic (2010)
Ramayana – The Epic, an exquisite 3D feature film narrating Lord Rama’s heroic mission to rescue his beloved Devi Sita from the clutches of the malevolent King Ravana, graced the screens on October 15th, 2010, following five years of intricate planning and production. While the film dazzled audiences with its breathtaking visuals, it garnered a rating of 5.8 out of 10 on IMDB, showcasing the varied reactions it elicited from viewers.
India achieved a significant milestone in animated cinema with a financially successful movie centered on the legendary Lord Hanuman during his formative years. This landmark production marked India’s maiden venture in releasing a full-length animated film directly in theaters.
The movie’s remarkable performance at the box office, amassing over Rs. 8 crore, cemented its status as a resounding box office hit.
Krishna – The Birth (2006)
Lord Krishna, among the most beloved deities in India, boasts a multitude of temples devoted to him across the nation. In the animated film Krishna – The Birth, an earnest endeavor is made to depict the wondrous birth of Lord Vishnu, taking the form of the infant Krishna, to Vasudev and Devi Devaki.
Krishna Aur Kans (2012)
Krishna Aur Kans, a 2D animated cartoon tailored for young audiences, graced screens in 2012. This cinematic offering was thoughtfully crafted in four official languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and English.
Post-release, the film received a significant honor as it was granted tax-free status in six states for a duration of six months, underscoring its appeal to both children and their families.
Sons of Ram (2012)
Sons of Rama, stands as an Indian animated masterpiece, brought to life by ACK Animation Studios. This cinematic gem made its debut on November 2, 2012, and left its mark with an impressive IMDb rating of 7.6 out of 10. The film beautifully narrates the tale of Lord Rama’s two sons, Lava and Kusha, capturing the essence of this legendary narrative.
Arjun: The Warrior Prince (2012)
Arjun – The Warrior Prince, made its cinematic debut on May 25, 2012, and stands out as one of the finest Indian mythological films, celebrated for its distinctive animation style. Despite its all-around excellence, the movie faced a lackluster performance at the box office.
Loosely drawing inspiration from the narrative of Arjuna’s journey to becoming the greatest warrior and archer of his era, it remains a notable addition to Indian animation.
Ghatothkach, Master Of Magic (2008)
Ghatothkach: Master of Magic, is a captivating 3D animated feature film that graced screens on May 23, 2008. Earning a commendable rating of 7.2 out of 10 on IMDb, this movie achieved success in its own right. It delves into the life of Ghatothkach, a lesser-known character who happens to be the son of Bhima and Hidimba, weaving an enchanting narrative around his adventures.
The Dashavatar Animated (2008)
Amidst the array of films, traditional and animated alike, one shining gem is Dashavatar. This animated masterpiece, unveiled in 2008, embarks on the epic journey through the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism. Garnering a commendable rating of 6.3 on IMDb, it unfolds as a mesmerizing visual spectacle that captivates audiences of all ages.
Bal Ganesh (2007)
Embark on a nostalgic journey with Bal Ganesh, the enchanting 3D animated film that breathes life into the endearing stories of Lord Ganesha as the playful son of Lord Shiva. Since its debut in 2007, this movie has etched its place as a timeless classic, continuing to delight children to this day through regular broadcasts on children’s TV channels.
The Legend Of Buddha (2004)
Step into the captivating realm of The Legend of Buddha, a 2D animated Indian film that unfolds the remarkable odyssey of Prince Siddhartha Gautama. Join him as he leaves his kingdom behind, embarking on a profound journey towards spiritual enlightenment, ultimately becoming the revered Buddha.
With an IMDb rating of 6.8 out of 10, this visually striking movie provides a mesmerizing glimpse into the life of one of history’s most revered figures.