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Shah Rukh Khan must be thanking God that for his upcoming release Don 2, he won’t have to go through similar nervous pangs as Ra.One. While his superhero film had faced major issues when it came to completion of 3D conversion work, much better planning has gone into ensuring that Don 2 doesn’t face the same trouble.
“For both Ra.One and Don 2, the decision to convert them into 3D was taken at the last minute. When Anubhav Sinha and Farhan Akhtar had shot the film, it was done with a regular camera and there was no additional emphasis on framing the scenes in such a way that they could be 3D friendly. However, once Shah Rukh caught the fancy of 3D and he was informed that conversion is possible, he gave a go ahead for Ra.One to go through the process. However, it is a known fact that not just did it add on to the film’s budget, it even threatened the release timing as the conversion was taking an eternity”, says a source.
Resultantly, there was a suspense around the 3D release of Ra.One till the very first show, hence making it an uncomfortable situation to be in for Shah Rukh and his team.
“This wasn’t all as the results too weren’t really overwhelming”, says a film buff, “At places one could experience the 3D effects but for most part of 3D, the conversion didn’t quite create a desired impact. It was obvious that one didn’t see the best of 3D that Ra. One could have otherwise produced.”
It was a lesson learnt not just for Shah Rukh but even director Farhan Akhtar who was sure that for Don 2, the effort would have to be much better planned. While an announcement was made around the film being converted into 3D quite some time back, he started work on it soon as well so that there is no last minute rush.
Though Farhan isn’t inclined to comment on Ra.One, he is happy to talk about Don 2. “When you are converting a film to 3D, it is crucial that you give it an adequate time. Rushing up the job won’t give you correct results. To get the desired effect, you have to respect the timelines. Also, as a director you have to be there with the team right through the conversion process instead of outsourcing it completely by giving them a deadline. You have to see the results constantly and be involved”, he says.
So how confident is he with the way 3D conversion is shaping up on Don 2? “Well, I am genuinely happy”, says Farhan, “I am sure there won’t be any delays. We will bring the 2D and 3D version together on December 23.”
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