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Scripting for animation series is different, you have to push your imagination, says Motu Patlu writer Niraj Vikram

Niraj Vikram, writer of Motu Patlu talked with APN News and shared how working in the animation industry is kinda different than scripting for live-action shows.

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Niraj Vikram is currently writing for Motu Patlu. He has 2-3 projects lined up including Pandavas for Pogo.

The animation industry in India has witnessed a considerable amount of growth in the last few years, especially the cartoon series. Some of the most popular animated cartoon series like Motu Patlu, Dabangg, and Gattu Battu have dominated the cartoon industry and notably, this industry has become the best medium of creative expression these days. Content preferences among kids have changed over the years.

While live-action television shows ruling the Indian entertainment industry for a long time, these animated series created a strong impression in recent years. The influence of animation is growing every day in India. But animating shows does not only mean good illustrations but also a captivating story and close attention to details.

We always chase people who are on camera but the real heroes are actually those who are behind the camera, who infatuate the viewers with their writing. And one such person is Niraj Vikram, the man behind the stories of India’s most popular animated show Motu Patlu, who works round the clock to connect with the kids to bring the best each time.

In a conversation with APN News, Neeraj Vikram shared how writing for animation shows is different from scripting for live-action shows.

Motu Patlu was already a popular franchise of Lotpot Comics and when we asked him how he felt when he was approached for this show, he said “I was really excited to write for Motu Patlu. Lotpot Comics is one of our favourite comics and we’ve grown up reading it. So, when I was approached for Motu Patlu, I was thrilled and ecstatic.”

Talking about the responsibility to maintain characters’ legacy, he said, “It’s very important to create the show without retouching the characters. Initially and even now I feel it’s a big responsibility as most of us have already read the comic and we feel connected to the characters. So, the first thing I keep in mind while writing for this show, is the characters’ style, habits and patterns.”

Niraj Vikram has also scripted for Shararat and Son Pari

Before scripting for Motu Patlu, Niraj Vikram had already scripted for big shows like Shararat, Shaka Laka Boom Boom, and Son Pari, and when we asked him how difficult was for him to shift from live-action shows to animation shows, he said, “Animation isn’t monotonous like live-action shows. You can stretch the animation to any level whereas in live-action shows it is a bit difficult to show your creativity as you have to write it according to the storyline. For me, it wasn’t really difficult as I always wanted to be in animation because it pushes your imagination”, he added.

One must write a motion script in accordance with the target audience, and a motion script writer requires a great deal of skill and dedication. Talking about this, he said, “There have been times when I write a certain script but it doesn’t turn out the same way I wanted it. I feel bad sometimes, but I don’t lose hope as I know that shows need to undergo certain production levels and there’s a limited-time delivery.

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Niraj Vikram on Agnipath scheme

Niraj Vikram has also served in the Indian army for five years before entering the world of entertainment. We also asked him about the ongoing protests related to the Agnipath recruitment scheme, he said, “Government must have made the scheme after listing down its pros and cons. Instead of protesting, students need to give it a try. As the government has already said that if you don’t like the scheme, don’t join it. But I feel implementation is a must.”

Motu Patlu’s wax statue at Madame Tussauds

Talking about the achievements he is most proud of, he said “Having Motu Patlu’s wax statues at Madame Tussauds, New Delhi is literally the proudest moment as they are the first Indian animated character to have it installed at the wax museum. Other than this, Motu Patlu is completing its 10 years in October and has successfully completed 1,000 episodes.” He has also won the Best Writers Award in the Kids Choice Award in 2015 organized by Viacom 18.

Niraj is currently writing for Motu Patlu. He has 2-3 projects lined up including Pandavas for Pogo.

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4 years of Kedarnath: Sara Ali Khan remembers Sushant Singh Rajput, shares heartwarming note

With a long note, the actor also shared BTS pictures from the Kedarnath shoot wherein she could be seen having a good time on the sets of her debut film.

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4 years of Kedarnath

Abhishek Kapoor’s directorial Kedarnath starring the late Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan completed four years of its release on Wednesday. The film marked the Bollywood debut of Sara Ali Khan who remembered the late actor on the occasion.

Sharing a heartwarming note on Instagram, Sara Ali Khan thanked Sushant Singh Rajput for helping her learn so much about music, films, books, life, acting, stars and the sky, witnessing every sunrise, sunset and moonrise, listening to the sound of the river, enjoy every plate of Maggi and Kurkure, wake up at 4 am to get ready, be introduced and directed by Abhishek Kapoor.

She also mentioned that 4 years ago her biggest dream came true and to her, it still feels like a dream will always be. The actor also hoped Sushant is right by his favourite moon, shining like the bright star he always was and always will be.

With a long note, Sara Ali Khan also shared BTS pictures from the Kedarnath shoot wherein she could be seen having a good time on the sets of her debut film.

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Kedarnath hit the silver screen on December 7, 2018. Apart from Sushant and Sara, it also featured Alka Amin, Pooja Gor, Nishant Dahiya, Mir Sarwar, and others in important roles.

On the other hand, Abhishek Kapoor also shared a few memories of Sushant Singh Rajput. In an interview with a leading daily, Kapoor said the film was an adventure from the begining till the end and Sushant did one of the finest works.

He expressed his gratitude as he got the opportunity to work with Sushant and experience the force of pure energy that he was.

Sushant Singh Rajput started his acting career with Ekta Kapoor’s popular daily soap Pavitra Rishta. He further bagged lead roles in Bollywood and made his debut in Kai Po Che and went on to do films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Chhichhore, Raabta, PK, and others.

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Shadyantra: Hina Khan treats fans with the teaser of her next web series | WATCH

Before releasing the teaser, the actor teased her fans with a cryptic note on betrayal which sparked her breakup rumours with longtime boyfriend Rocky Jaiswal.

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Television star and diva Hina Khan treated her fans on Wednesday with the teaser of her next web series Shadyantra.

The actor shared the teaser on her Instagram and promised a crime-thriller series. Sharing the teaser, she wrote she is stuck between lies and deceit. The series will also star Kunal Roy Kapur, Shruti Bapna, and Chandan Roy Sanal in prominent roles.

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Before releasing the teaser of Shadyantra, Hina Khan teased her fans with a cryptic note on betrayal which sparked her breakup rumours with longtime boyfriend Rocky Jaiswal. However, fans are now relieved as the post was just to create buzz and hype on social media.

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Khan and Jaiswal are together for a long time now. Earlier, in an interview, Rocky had said they don’t want to get married for society as marriage is just a formality for them. He also said they have already seen most ups and downs that a married couple sees in their journey and they are happy in the space they are in and absolutely secure about each other.

The former Bigg Boss contestant has always grabbed eyeballs with her impeccable fashion statements and candid interviews. She started her career with Star Plus’ show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.

However, it was the reality show Bigg Boss which transformed her career and garnered her a colossal fan following. Post the show, Hina Khan appeared in multiple music videos including Ranjhanna alongside Priyank Sharma, Bedard opposite Stebin Ben, and several others.

She made her Bollywood debut with Lines which received rave reviews from the critics. She also appeared at the reputed Cannes Film Festival and made heads turn with her glittering appearances.

Apart from this, Khan was earlier seen in Hacked, Unlock, Wishlist, Country of Blind, and others.

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Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus has been in the news ever since its star-studded poster was released. The makers shared the trailer of Ranveer Singh starrer comedy-drama few days back and while Deepika Padukone appearance had already created an anticipation, Cirkus’ first song Current Laga Re’s teaser has ignited the excitement.

Ranveer Singh has shared the teaser of the Cirkus’ song Current Laga Re in which Deepika Padukone could be seen dancing with him. She can be seen dressed up in a bright pink ethnic dress and nailing the dance moves. Fans are calling Deepika’s entry breathtaking, when she winked and entered the frame.

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The song is sung by Nakash Aziz, Dhvani Bhanushali, Jonita Gandhi, and Lijo George and is composed by Lijo George – Dj Chetas. The lyrics of Current Laga Re are penned by Kumaar.

Apart from the lead actor Ranveer Singh, Rohit Shetty’s directorial Cirkus also features Jacqueline Fernandez, Pooja Hegde, Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra and Varun Sharma in prominent roles. However, the trailer of the film failed to impress the audience and tweeple called it boring.

Ranveer Singh starrer Cirkus is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s 1982 play The Comedy of Errors. The overall film sets in the ’60s and the cast has shot the film mostly indoors on sets curated around the 1960s era in Goa, Mumbai, and Ooty. The film is co-produced by Rohit Shetty, Reliance Entertainment, and Bhushan Kumar.

Cirkus will be Ranveer Singh’s third collaboration with director Rohit Shetty after Simmba and Sooryavanshi. Both these films were well-received by the audience. And now Cirkus will hit the silver screens on December 23, 2022 On the work front, Ranveer Singh will next be seen in the Karan Johar directorial, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani alongside Alia Bhatt, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi in lead roles.

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