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Last Updated 21.11.2018 | 1:33 PM IST
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Tata Elxsi provides VFX for EK Tha Tiger

Darling of the masses, Salman Khan has once again managed to seduce the audience to throng to the theaters across the world with his latest action flick, Ek Tha Tiger. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film has managed to silence the critics, by crossing over Rs. 180 crores nett within a fortnight, thus becoming the second highest grosser in Bollywood. Film pundits predict that the film could surpass Aamir Khan‘s 3 Idiots which had a record haul of Rs.202 crores nett. One of the most crucial aspects in the filmmaking process, which contributes to the success of the movie, is the visual effects and post-production process. One of India’s largest post production and animation production house, Tata Elxsi’s Visual Computing Labs (VCL) was roped in to accomplish the visual effects in the film. With over 1200 shots digitally augmented, sixty skilled artists worked round the clock to deliver the product in six and a half months. Talking about the project, S. Nagarajan – COO, Visual Computing Labs, Tata Elxsi says, “Ek Tha Tiger is one of the biggest shows we have ever done for Bollywood in a long time. The team at Tata Elxsi fused live elements with CG elements, and we used a large diverse bag of VFX tricks to augment the narrative of the film.” Pointing out on the magnitude of digital enhancement and post-production work involved, Pankaj Khandpur – Creative Director, VCL says, “An average film would have over 2000 – 3000 shots in it. In Ek Tha Tiger, we have over 1200 VFX shots, this comprises of a little less than half the number of shots that make up an entire movie”. Bollywood Hungama‘s Philip Bode gets Pankaj to talk about shooting across continents, rebuilding an entire tram digitally, working with Kabir’s direction team and how they used VFX to resonate a roaring Tiger.

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