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World’s first 3D Sanskrit movie: In God’s own language, shot in God’s own country about God’s favourite dance form Koodiyattam

Indrani Thakurata

Yes, you heard it right. It is a film in Sanskrit. The 80-minute film Anurakthi , shot on a frugal budget of about Rs. 28 lakh, is world’s first Sanskrit film in 3D. Written by Sanal Machad, the 3D film was shot by Anmol and canned in 2D by Sasi Ramakrishnan. Playing the female lead, Vani Vashishth talks about the story and what makes it relevant in today’s time. “The day my director approached me for the movie I found it a very unique concept. Being a brahmin girl I always wanted my family to feel proud on the morals and the principles taught to me by them.This was the golden opportunity for me to flourish in my parents name and make them feel proud on themselves.I hope this action of mine will give a message not only to artists but to the youth too .We all should Love, respect and give priority to our own culture.

Adding, she asks? “Why are we forgetting our own traditions and culture whereas people from different countries are trying to follow our Indian culture. I am so blessed that my Director PK Asokan and my Producer Vijith Nambiar are god sent people to me as I feel that god chose me as the lead Actor of the world’s first 3D film. I wish our India to be on Swadeshi movement once again and forever.

Our motherland India is flooded with immense talent and creativity,each and every part of our country has got unique speciality,One of The beautiful places of India where we shot this movie is Kerala which is known as God’s own country by God’s grace the movie is in God’s own language is already blessed as its about God’s favourite dance form Koodiyattam which has got different mudras and luckily we are blessed and honoured to work with Padma Shri Awarded Sri Sivan Nimboodri who is master in koodiyattam ,such a humble and a great artist. In the early stage of my career i am blessed to work with the legend Sri Sivan Nimboodri , talented director Sri Pk Asokan who kept his trust on me and highlights our own culture, Vijith Nambiar the producer who has the shown the courage to get the Golden Era of our tradition. I hope this movie brings light to each and every citizen of not only India but the World as Sanskrit is the root of every language.”

A story that revolves around Koodiyattam, a 2000-year-old dance form, required 10 teachers to work together to help create this film. For filmmakers, the challenge was to place it in a contemporary setting and render it in the Sanskrit language. “I wanted to create a history and by god’s grace i have done that by directing world’s first 3D sanskrit movie,” says Director P.K. Asokan. Adding, “ Anurakthi is going to be released worldwide commercially.There are many communities across Europe and US who prefer Sanskrit Language and are willing to support the Movie.

A film that promises to be the best of both worlds — the old and the new — as a modern narrative is developed against the backdrop of the ancient Koodiyattom theatre has a beautiful story line. The movie revolves around the protagonist Vasudha, who is a Punjabi dancer, who comes to Kerala to learn Koodiyattam, a niche form of dance drama, from Paramesharwan Chakkiar. The story then goes on to show Paramesharwan Chakkiar’s son’s love for the Punjabi dancer and how at one point, he mistakes the close relationship she has with his father, who is her Guru teaching her the dance. Are you excited to be a part of history? I am.

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