I happened upon this site — honestly, I guess I saw someone link to it on Facebook — late yesterday.
At the heart of things is a 3-D movie, clocking in at 11 minutes, that follows the lyrics to the Hanuman Chalisa. And made in India, apparently against the grain and what most people told the filmmaker was possible. She even started in her garage.
Here’s a description of the movie:
The film provides a metaphorical visual meaning to the verses of an ancient spiritual composition that has been sung and chanted across the globe. Our understanding of the divine has various manifestations but its true nature lies within the realization of one-self.
Hanuman serves the highest expression of devotional values and is the purest embodiment seeking god. He is presented as a perfect and appropriate example of being a seeker, a sage, a das, a disciple, a ‘servant of greater man and cause’, a believer, a doer, a warrior and his greatness lies in using his strength for the service of others. The “Hanuman Chalisa” (a devotional Hindu song) again underlies this belief system; this thought process, this devotion.
What’s curious is that I can’t quite figure out how to see it. (Here’s its IMDb page.) The end of the trailer above says it would be shown in late December in New Delhi, and other parts of the website make it clear it played in 2013 at various film festivals. But at the same time, the “first teaser” wasn’t released until September.
So, curious. I don’t seem to be able to just buy it!
It looks to be a very interpretative take on the Chalisa. Combing through the website, one description is this: “Hanuman as the protector of Ayodhya is represented by hands of fire guarding Rama’s kingdom.”
The animation does look awesome — it seems Hanuman’s story really calls out for illustration — but, I’ll reinforce this point: I don’t know how to watch it.
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