History of Bollywood and VFX is a long tale. For decades it has tried to up its game and become a part of the industry’s staple. Right from the scary CGI of Jaani Dushman to the modern awaited work of Brahmastra; the industry has come a long way.
India has become the pioneer of best VFX training in recent years and seen a massive rate of growth as well. Amidst all this populous growth, we need to take a look back and recall some of the best Indian movies which no one is going to forget.
Let’s get started!
Baahubali has become a household name in discussing VFX in India. Every single VFX course in Kolkata covers a certain portion to discuss and help students explain how visual effects work. It took over 3000 shots and five months to complete the entire post-production. The actors committed to this franchise and took no other projects during this duration.
Baahubali’s precision to make period drama look so authentic and unreal got all the viewers riled up. People couldn’t help but want more. The second part of the film was equally well received. It is still among the highest grossing films in this nation. While I am sure most of you reading this have watched the film in Hindi, it was originally shot in Telegu and then translated to Tamil, Hindi and other regional languages.
The fact that a regional film could stir up such global audiences is the ultimate proof that it has crossed all boundaries. It is no longer the delicacy which we only get to enjoy in superhero films of the west. The limits have been shattered and Baahubali is the living evidence of the same.
Surrounding the top controversies in the country, Padmaavat finally saw the silver screen releases earlier last year January. There were protests by conservative-minded religious effects who demanded the scene where Deepika Padukone’s stomach was revealing to be erased. The saffron cloth surrounding her belly is actually visual effects. In the post-production, the scene has to be edited and replaced.
Other than this controversial CGI edit, the forts, palaces, crowd multiplication, fire jowhar scene and so many more were all works of CGI. These were some of the most notable ones. The fire scene was shot in front of green screens in a constructed set. Whereas for the war and fight sequences, not more than a hundred people stood as extras. All the rest of them were done using crowd multiply technique. That is what made it look so real. Then the warm hues of the film were also done in post-production. To get the effect of the desert, heat and royal elegance, hue effects were also manipulated.
Produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s epitome company Red Chillies Entertainment, Om Shanti Om had certain mind-boggling visual effects scenes. The various shots where Deepika Padukone was replaced instead of the old actresses in those sings were not even noticeable. No one could tell if Rajesh Khanna was digital or not. The work was so precise and immaculate.
Then there were large production scenes where they pretended to shoot a film; all those were edited by visual effects as well. Om Shanti Om will always be counted as one of the best films where VFX was done in India. Red Chillies Entertainment has since created several VFX performances which made people gasp. Some of them are Fan, Ra. One, Zero and etc.
Hrithik Roshan starring Krrish 3 was probably the most advanced our nation has gone when it comes to superheroes. With Kangana Ranaut playing a villain who could literally mold herself, the film’s visual effects outdid everyone’s expectations. No one expected such brilliance in superhero terms.
Also, the most amazing point was that this entire film was shot and produced and even edited in India. Only Indian talent was used to create such mind-boggling special effects.
Then there were stunts which had to be edited without the harness in so many scenes. Indians finally have their own superhero to look up to.
Shah Rukh Khan being the flag bearer of VFX in Bollywood ensures that it is used in suffices amounts in his films. After all, we can all agree he introduced it in Bollywood, to begin with, by his company. Chennai Express might look like a very traveling film with so many location changes. But it really isn’t. More than 60% of the film was shot in front of green screens. The rest of it was taken care of in the post-production. We are definitely sure you couldn’t tell the differences. Take a look at the pre and post CGI shots to get a clearer idea.
Let us know if you have any more films in mind.
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