Movies like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish and Sujoy Ghosh’s Aladin used a good number of VFX shots. While Guzaarish’s effects were created by the Prime Focus team, headed by Merzin Tavadia and Reupal Rawal, Aladin was brainchild of Charles Darby of Eyeqube Studio.
Guzaarish’s Fly Sequence
The fly sequence is the opening shot of the film. Actor Hrithik Roshan, who plays the paralysed male protagonist, tries to flick a fly off his nose. But the fly never existed, it was entirely a VFX creation. Tavadia says: “For this sequence, the team did an enormous amount of research on flies: how they look, how they move.” The team then got down to the serious business of modelling the fly on computer graphics and texturing it. The challenge was to match its movements to those of Hrithik’s eyes. After the sequence of movements had been locked, the team worked on lighting up the fly to match the actual shot with Hrithik.
Aladin, starring Riteish Deshmukh and Amitabh Bachchan, had a total of 1,600 VFX shots with 150 artistes working on it. All the shots were conceived and executed by Eyeqube Studios in house. “The process was different as we covered the entire life cycle of visual effects right from initial development to final delivery of effects,”says Charles Darby, its co-founder. “You will discover that this movie covers every conceivable kind of VFX – 3D,2D, matte paintings, computergenerated environments and character animation.”Aladin is unique in its complexity and stands out for its seamless integration of VFX into the narrative. “The film would have been impossible without VFX. Not only the magic elements, the sets were also made to look much larger by the use of invisible work,” says Darby.