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Since 1st March, 1999
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Khan-Khan here, cartoon there

Mumbai, Dec. 13: Aamir Khan and Salman Khan are set to star in a toon movie. Not as themselves, but as the idea behind two cartoon characters in an animated remake by a US film company.

Hyperion Pictures, a Los Angeles based company, has bought the rights of Andaz Apna Apna (1994) — a fun film starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon and Karisma Kapoor that apparently became very popular abroad — to convert it into an animation film.

“Andaz Apna Apna is one of the most popular Hindi comedies around and we decided to make an animated feature film based on its story,” said Siddharth Jain of Hyperion.

He said the storyline — that of a poor boy chasing a millionairess — lent itself to a toon flick.

“But the characters may not be human, though they would be called by the same names. Aamir Khan’s character would be called Prem as in the original,” he said.

The animated film — in English — would be targeted at the young adult market, especially in the US and Europe. There will be lots of music, but fusion, not the imitation-retro variety of the Hindi movie.

It is not clear whether the film will be 2D or 3D and a lot of work will be done at the Los Angeles end. But Hyperion is also starting to rope in animation artists from India to retain the Indian nuances of the storyline.

Hyperion, which is also making Marigold, the Hollywood movie with Salman Khan, said that it chose to make the toon film because it is basically an animation company.

Marigold is set to star a Hollywood actress opposite Salman. Her name has been finalised, Jain said, but can be disclosed only after she finalises the dates.

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