One of Bollywood’s leading animators, Dhananjay Khore, jetted into the UNESCO City of Film to work with students from the Whistling Woods International (WWI) Film School.
Offering aspiring filmmakers, animators and photographers at Bradford College the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the industry, Dhananjay Khore charted his rise from fine art graduate to world-class animator.
Speaking during his visit, Dhananjay said: “In 1995 the Russian production company Soviet Multi-film came to India and selected 50 fine art students out of almost 1000 from across the country. I was picked and trained on traditional animation by these legendary animators.”
In a first for Bollywood, Dhananjay Khore directed the critically acclaimed first full-length animation feature film in India. The film, ‘Bhagmati – The Queen of Fortune’, a dramatic true love story, received recognition at the Cannes International Film Festival 2003.
Dhananjay’s love of animation was sparked by his mother, who first introduced the young fine art student to the genre after she saw an animation clip on television and wanted to share it with her son.
Commenting on what makes a good animator, Dhananjay said: “I think it’s important to have really good drawing and visualisation skills, which allows you to imagine and create a story for your audience.”
When asked what has made Dhananjay the successful animator we know today, he replied: “I have very good drawing skills and the ability to transfer those dreams onto paper. Although, in order to be successful in the industry today, it takes more than great drawing and creative skills, you also need to be technically competent too.”
Offering advice to people starting out in the industry, Dhananjay said: “Firstly be honest with yourself, don’t try and be something that you’re not. You have to have a real passion for animation. Back in India, students come to me on a daily basis to discuss pursuing a career in animation.”
When asked what his favourite animation was, Dhananjay replied: “The Lion King!”
During his two-week visit to the UK, Dhananjay has been delivering experimental animation workshops and one to one sessions with students from the Bradford-WWI Film School.
Students have been delighted to learn from one of Bollywood’s legendary animators, as Dhananjay’s work consistently dazzles, is technically remarkable and imaginatively astonishing.