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The FX season begins

Published: Thursday, September 7, 2006, 16:29 [IST]

By: Subhash K. Jha, Mid-Day

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Rakesh Roshan is an exhausted but satisfied man. Krissh - a sequel of sorts to the 2004 sci-fi trendsetter Koi...Mil Gaya-is a blockbuster.

"But the battle begins now," he laughs . "I've to devise a third super-hero film. The special effects and stunts have to be just right. We're working really hard to ensure high technical standards. Of course we're constrained by our budget. But I'm sure we can achieve international standards. Why not? We've the talent."

Rakesh Roshan is in no hurry to go beyond Krrish. "I'd rather take my time, make sure the film looks as attractive as Koi...Mil Gaya and Krrish, if not more. Let's not forget, we've to compete with the techno-wizardry of Hollywood films like Lord Of The Rings and King Kong. They're now being dubbed into Hindi, so the Hollywood standards have to be met."

And yes, the greenbacks will be poured into the next chapter in the Krrish...Mil Gaya saga to make sure Hrithik Roshan rocks and rumbles across the 70 mm screen, like Jackie Chan and Tom Cruise...not just in his dad's production but also in Yashraj Films' Dhoom 2. In the film, Hrithik flies across the screen like a saucy saucer.

Dhoom 2 will have a lot more gadgetry and FX than any other film from the high-flying banner. Says Abhishek, "The film will look really cool, no doubt about that. It's far far more slick and trendy than the first part."

And while Hrithik and Abhishek prepare to plunge into pyrotechnics, there's more in store...from Farhan Akhtar, the coolest one. Shah Rukh gets into the Mission Impossible mode in the new-age version of Don.

"It definitely has more gadgetry and and high-flying stunts than the original Don," promises Farhan. "The sfx are being done by Red Chilles. Given the genre and its need to grow in our country, the sfx take up a major part of our budget."

Though the budget for the FX isn't revealed the chic stunts will probably cost as much as the rest of the narrative. However Mani Shankar who has made 3 hi-tech Hindi thrillers in past , feels the FX needn't cost a bomb to look believable. "The age of hi-tech polished actioners is definitely here. But we in this country can't dream of equaling the action budget for King Kong or War Of The Worlds. But that doesn't mean we cannot have sophisticated stunts on a par with Hollywood. My new film Mukhbir is a thriller. Naturally I've some unnatural action sequences. There's nothing that a bit of computer-generated techno-savvy can't achieve on screen."

Have FX films in Bollywood come of age in 2006? In 2005 Mahesh Manjrekar tried to do a sci-fi flick in Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi...and failed. Feroz Nadiadwala's Deewane Hue Paagal had some groovy stunts by specialists from Hong kong. That too failed.

Apparently, viewers had no interest in Shahid going invisible and Akshay somersaulting seven times in the air before flying into the villain's face. Indian audiences' disdain for desi stunts has changed. Krrish, followed by Dhoom 2 , Don and Mukhbir this year has ensured that.

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