Hindu Monkey God Stars in India Animation

While Bollywood stars often achieve a mythical status in film-crazy India, the star of India's first animated feature film is a genuine deity drawn from the Hindu pantheon.

Over the years India's burgeoning animation and special effects industry has cut its teeth working for foreign production houses — drawn to South Asia by lower costs — but "Hanuman" is the industry's first full-length, homegrown animated movie.

In promos being aired on Indian TV, Hanuman, wearing an orange loincloth, gold armlets and anklets, wields a mace as he battles fire-breathing dragons and ferocious demons in the 90-minute film.