Warner sets first Indian toon pic

Avian adventure an animated first for Bollywood director

NEW DELHI -- Warner Bros. Pictures India is making its first foray into domestic animation with an untitled feature directed by Jyotin Goel.

The project "marks our entry into the animation genre in India," Mumbai-based WBPI country manager Blaise Fernandes said Monday. No budget or release date were given.

"This is a story of love and adventure. ... It is a journey into the lives of birds as they soar over dense jungles and teeming cities, giving them a point of view of the world that is hilariously different from ours," Goel said of the film, which will mark his first animated feature.

Goel, whose Goel Screencraft banner will co-produce the film, previously directed such Bollywood titles as 1990's "Zahreelay" and TV shows including the 2007 sci-fi series "Antariksh."

The film's 3-D animation and postproduction will be handled by Mumbai-based Interactive Realities International.

Warners' India slate launched last year with a Ramesh Sippy co-production titled "Made in China." Upcoming projects include "Mother-in-Law, Daughter-in-Law and the Stock Market Index," a Bollywood comedy co-produced with Mumbai-based banner PLA Entertainment, as well as a possible Indian remake of "Wedding Crashers."