With the quickly evolving future of world cinema, filmmakers and pioneers within the industry continue to change the way we experience film and find new methods of storytelling. In that sense, India is a brilliant starting point to explore this future. Why, you ask? With its richly diverse culture and being the birthplace of some of the most epic fantasies and mythologies, India has a lot of inspiration to offer. Indian cinema has the potential to reach new heights with the help of pioneers like Kotha Basi Reddy who are bringing path-breaking digital technology to the industry. In 2003, He brought Digital Colour Grading Equipment (Base Light) to India and founded Digiquest. Through his work on films like the legendary Baahubali series, he has shown us that the visual effects (VFX) industry in India has a bright future as more and more top filmmakers explore this area.
As we anticipate the boom of brilliantly crafted visual effects in Indian cinema, let’s take a look at what we have achieved so far:
Featuring one of the most iconic Tollywood actors Ram Charan, this Telugu film was arguably the most ambitious film of its era. It is the first Telugu film to list a visual effects producer in its credits. It is also considered way ahead of its time as it led the path for many new techniques of digital filmmaking in India.
This futuristic action film stars the south Indian megastar Rajinikanth alongside actress Aishwarya Rai. Srinivas Mohan, the visual effects supervisor for Enthiran, teamed up with renowned international companies like the New Zealand-based Weta Digital to create the extensive and brilliantly crafted special effects for the film.
Preceded by Koi…Mil Gaya and Krrish, the third film in the franchise may not have been the ultimate blockbuster but it definitely boasted well-crafted visual effects. Led by Mumbai-based RedChillies VFX, the film can be considered as India’s first homegrown high-budget VFX superhero film.
Revolving around a super fan that is infatuated with a movie star, this film featured Shah Rukh Khan in both roles. To pull off this double role convincingly, director Maneesh Sharma teamed up with Greg Cannom for the prosthetic makeup and Red Chillies VFX for the award-winning visual effects.
Baahubali – The Beginning (2015)
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli this epic drama created history by breaking box office records. What made the film so legendary? With Srinivas Mohan as the visual effects supervisor and the combined efforts of more than 15 VFX companies, this film features the most convincing large-scale VFX in any Indian film till date.
Thugs of Hindostaan (2018)
Following these spectacular films, is the upcoming release of the most anticipated Indian film. Check out the trailer below:
The sequel to 2010 film Robot, 2.0 releases on 29th November. Megastar Rajinikanth a.k.a Thalaiva returns for the lead role of this action-packed film.