Percept takes the quick-fix route to making a film, adds Indianness to Thai hit flick, Khan Kluay, rope in Akshay, an A-Lister, to dub for it
siamese twins? Kompin Kemgumnird, director of Khan Kluay with the title character
Akshay Kumar Lara Dutta starrer Jumbo is the big Christmas draw is the year.
Interestingly, the film has borrowed the concept from a film that was Thailand's biggest grosser in 2006.
Jumbo producers, Percept Picture Company, have been telling anyone willing to listen that they spent a lot of time and money making the animated feature.
The truth is that the original movie is easily available through the film's co- producer Eagle Home Enter-tainment's office.
A whiff and a lift
A source in the industry reveals, "Jumbo is clearly lifted from Khan Kluay, a Thai animation flick that was bought by Eagle at a paltry Rs 20 lakh.
They planned to dub the movie and release it on DVD in India. But when Percept got a whiff of the film, they got Eagle on board and planned a huge release and promised it would be dubbed by A-list stars."
The source further adds, "Khan Kluay was already in Indian markets before Percept came in the picture. The DVD of the film was being sold at Rs 300.
But with a big Bolly flick on the line, Eagle took the DVD's entire stock off shelves nationwide."
"Akshay Kumar is already doing Percept's next, 8X10 being directed by Nagesh Kukunoor.
They offered the actor a huge sum to dub for Jumbo.
Percept wants to remain in Akki's good books as they plan on making several films with the star.
Their film 8X10 has been in the making for a while.
They wanted to pamper him with some extra cash. Besides, they know that Akki's popular streak will ensure that the film has a decent run at the BO," adds the source.
Shailendra Singh, Percept Picture Company's head honcho says, "The original flick was made by a company called Kantana Animation in Bangkok.
Eagle made us meet them, we overtook the project from them and developed it for over two years putting in Indian sentiments and remaking it for the Indian consumer.
We have added some 60-odd scenes and sequences to the original with a love angle and all the other jazz to make the movie more appealing to every age. We did something similar with the first Hanuman in 2005."