Swami Ayyappan (2012 film)

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Swami Ayyappan
Directed by
  • Chetan Sharma
  • Mahesh Vettiyar
Produced by Raju Odunghat
Written by Mahesh Vettiyar
Music by
Release date
  • October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29) (India)
Running time
90 minutes
Country India
  • Malayalam
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Kannada

Swami Ayyappan is a 2012 animated Indian film about the legend of Swami Ayyappan.[1][2] It is the first animated portrayal of Ayyappan.[1] The 90-minute film, produced through a collaboration of Toonz Animation India and Animagic Motion Pictures Production, was planned to be released in theatres in the Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu languages.[1] Mahesh Vettiyar wrote the story, and co-directed the film with Chetan Sharma.[3] P. Jayakumar served as executive producer.[3]


The film covers Ayyappan's life at Pandalam as the young Manikandan, born out of the union between Lord Shiva and Vishnu in his Mohini avatar, his childhood at the gurukul, and the miracles he performed.[1] It depicts Manikandan’s fight with Udayana, the slaying of the demoness Mahishi and the instances that lead to his friendship with Vavar, a robber from Turkistan. This friendship is considered to be the epitome of religious tolerance till this day. Once the purpose of his embodiment is fulfilled, Manikandan gets united with the idol in the Sabarimala Temple and is henceforth known as ‘Swami Ayyappan’.


The movie's promo won the 2013 TASI Anifest India Viewer’s Choice Award in the 'best film - commissioned' category,[4] and the 2014 FICCI BAF award for Best Animated promo (international).[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d Jayan, Arun (December 17, 2012). "Toon ‘Swami Ayyappan’ all set to hit theatres". New Indian Express. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ayyappan now in toon avatar". The Hindu. June 20, 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b Jobalia, Khushali (2012-07-02). "Toonz, Animagic in final stage of completing TV feature ‘Swami Ayyappan’". AnimationXpress.com. 
  4. ^ Staff (August 29, 2013). "Toonz film wins award". The Hindu. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Boatwala, Zeenia (March 13, 2014). "Winners of FICCI BAF 2014 Awards Announced: Chhota Bheem Bags Character of the Year Award". AnimationXpress.com. 
  6. ^ Staff. "FICCI BAF AWARDS 2014 - WINNERS LIST" (PDF). ficci-frames.com. FICCI. p. 1. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 

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