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Serupa?

20 Jun

WIRA BOLLYWOOD
SERUPA?

By Haryani Ismail

BELIAU baru sahaja bersiap sedia untuk terima maklum balas ramai tentang filem pertamanya yang bakal lahir, Love Story 2050.

Bagaimanapun, sesuatu perkara membimbangkannya dan mengusik benaknya.

Harman, 27 tahun, disamakan dan dibanding-bandingkan dengan bintang tampan, Hrithik Roshan, kerana wajah mereka yang hampir serupa.

Apabila ditanya tentang perkara itu, Harman, berkata perbandingan itu memang tidak adil dan pada masa yang sama mencabar dirinya.

‘Saya baru sahaja bertatih dalam industri ini dan kini dibandingkan dengan seseorang yang telah mapan, bahkan menjadi bintang gemerlapan di Bollywood.

‘Rasanya ini agak melampau. Jangkaan orang terhadap saya, seorang pelakon mentah, terlalu tinggi,’ ujarnya ketika ditemui wartawan di acara Anugerah Akademi India Antarabangsa (IIFA) di Bangkok, baru-baru ini.

Anak pengarah Harry Baweja dan penerbit Pammy Baweja, itu akan menjayakan filem arahan bapanya yang dijangka ditayangkan pada 4 Julai ini.

Menurutnya, apa yang banyak membantu ialah pelakon dan kru belakang tabir filem ini merupakan mereka yang amat dikenalinya.

‘Keprihatinan kru penerbitan filem ini terhadap saya tidak dilakukan sambil lewa.

‘Lagipun, saya telah mengenali heroine saya, Priyanka Chopra, tiga tahun lalu sebelum kami menjalani penggambaran bagi filem ini,’ jelasnya.

Sungguhpun begitu, Harman enggan dirinya dilabel sebagai bintang besar pada awal kerjayanya.

‘Saya tidak mahu label sedemikian sebelum penonton menyaksikan filem saya dan memberikan penilaian mereka,’ katanya.

Di sebalik persamaan yang cuba diwujudkan antara Harman dan Hrithik, ternyata heroine Love Story 2050, Priyanka, tidak setuju dengan perbandingan yang dibuat.

‘Saya telah bekerjasama dengan kedua-duanya dan mereka memiliki stail yang berbeza. Penonton hanya akan menyedarinya selepas mereka menonton filem ini,’ tambahnya.

Belum pun penonton menilai keserasian Harman dan Priyanka, satu lagi tawaran filem menanti kedua-duanya. Mereka akan digandingkan sekali lagi di dalam filem Ashutosh Gowarikar, What’s Your Rashee?, November ini.

‘Saya rasa bertuah pembikin filem dengan kaliber Ashutosh itu memilih saya untuk filem ini. Ia adalah petanda beliau meyakini bakat saya,’ ujar Harman.

Beralih tentang Love Story 2050, Priyanka menyifatkannya sebagai titik tolak filem cereka sains India yang cemerlang.

Namun beliau enggan ia dibandingkan dengan satu lagi filem cereka sains, Krrish, yang turut dibintanginya. Menurutnya, kedua-dua filem itu memiliki genre berbeza.

Cyberita

Coolest Dad

19 Jun


Coolest dad

SRK is Daddy Cool in tinseltown!


Shah Rukh Khan with his son Aryan

Shah Rukh Khan is the coolest dad in tinsletown. In a recent survey conducted amongst kids by Nick as part of the Father’s day special promotion, “Daddy Cool Contest”, the King Khan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh has topped the charts and proved that he truly does rule over the hearts of little kids.

Nick conducted the “Daddy Cool Contest” on their website www.Nickindia.com for Father’s Day, wherein kids had to choose their favourite celebrity dad from Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan.

Nick’s Daddy Cool contest proved to be a success with over 6000 kids from across India voting for their favourite celeb dads. At No 2 is the Khiladi action hero dad Akshay Kumar, with Hrithik Roshan at No 3 and Saif Ali Khan standing at No. 4 position

And to all the fathers out there who aren’t Superstars, don’t dismay … After all for the apple of your eye, you will always be the Superstar ‘Daddy Cool’!


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WEEKEND WATCH: Catch UEFA Euro 2008 Action

5 Jun

Hrithik Roshan stars in Krrish tomorrow at 2pm over TV3.
Hrithik Roshan stars in Krrish tomorrow at 2pm over TV3.

THESE are exciting times for football fans! UEFA Euro 2008 kicks off tomorrow with Switzerland versus the Czech Republic. The match will be aired “live” on ntv7 and TV3 at 11.30pm.

Will Smith and Eva Mendes appear in Hitch tomorrow at 9pm over RTM2.
Will Smith and Eva Mendes appear in Hitch tomorrow at 9pm over RTM2.

On Monday morning (2.15am) catch Germany vs Poland also “live” over ntv7 and TV3.

Meanwhile, dating reality show Super Match premieres over 8TV, tomorrow at 6.30pm.

Super Match, is a mega dating game show combined with the characteristics of travelogue and cuisine. The show is hosted by the famous Taiwanese emcee of variety shows Matilda Tao and Hong Kong Sundream Music pop singer Anthony Tai, who as matchmakers, hook up lonely souls online.

For movie buffs, ntv7 goes behind-the-scenes with The Making Of… Kungfu Panda at 2pm on Sunday. Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, this animation comedy is about Po the Panda being the laziest animals in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life. The movie features the voices of Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and Lucy Liu.

Also on ntv7 is Malaysia My Second Home which looks at expatriates and their contribution toward Malaysia’s development. The show is aired on Sunday at 2.30pm.

TOMORROW

Panggung Sabtu (Hindi Movie) (TV3, 2.00pm) – Krrish

Singapore-based Dr Siddhant recruits a superhumanly powerful Indian man named Rohit, who is given special powers by blue-skinned alien Jadoo to build a computer that can forecast the future. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Rekha.

Hitch (English Movie) (RTM2, 9pm)

Alex is “The Date Doctor” while Sara is a gossip columnist for a New York City tabloid. Despite their natures, Alex and Sara begin a relationship. Complications ensue when Sara’s latest scoop happens to be one of Alex’s clients. Starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes and Kevin James.

Bollygood Time On 2 – Deewanapan (Hindi Movie) (RTM2, 12.30pm)

Suraj lives in a remote hill station in India with his family. One day he meets Kiran, who is on holiday with a group of girls. He offers to show her around and they begin to fall in love with one other. Starring Arjun Rampal, Diya Mirza, Vinod Khanna and Om Puri.

Train Man (Japanese movie) (8TV, 8.30pm)

Train Man (Densha Otoko) is a romantic comedy about a socially-challenged man who saves a lovely woman from a drunken molester on the commuter. The story unfolds when the Train Man receives a thank-you gift from his damsel not long after the heroic event. Starring Takayuki Yamada and Miki Nakatani.

SUNDAY

Slappy and The Stinkers (English movie) (RTM2, 3pm)

At Dartmoor Academy, snooty principal Brinway has second-graders studying opera appreciation, but five feisty children, nicknamed the “Stinkers”, skip class to create chaos on the school grounds. Although they get a warning from Brinway, they soon rebel with more misadventures. Starring Bronson Pinchot, Jennifer Coolidge and Jospeh Ashton.

Winner & Sinner (Chinese movie) (RTM2, 10pm)

Five friends are released from prison and do their best to stay out trouble. Trying to mind their own business and run their Five Star Cleaning Service, they are unfortunately caught up in a war between rival Triad gangs. Starring Sammo Hung, John Sham, Richard Ng and Charlie Chin.

Moondram Pirai (Tamil movie) (RTM2, 12.30pm)

A young woman regresses to being a child after suffering a head injury in a car crash. Lost, she ends up trapped at a brothel before being rescued by a lonely school teacher who falls in love with her. Starring Kamal Haasan and Sridevi.

 

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Rai Tidak Dipelawa Naik Helikopter

4 Jan

RAI

NEW DELHI – Keretakan hubungan dua pelakon terkenal Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan dan Aishwarya Rai semakin menjadi-jadi walaupun mereka sebelum ini pernah melakukan adegan bercium dalam filem Dhoom 2 yang diterbitkan pada 2006, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

Dalam perbalahan terbaru, Roshan tidak berminat untuk mempelawa Rai menaiki helikopter miliknya dari Mumbai ke lokasi penggambaran mereka di Karjat bagi mengelak kesesakan lalu lintas.

ROSHAN

Mereka yang menjadi hero dan heroin dalam filem epik Jodhaa Akbar arahan Ashutosh Gowariker itu juga dilaporkan rengang ketika berada di set penggambaran.

Kedua-dua pelakon itu hanya berinteraksi bila terdapat keperluan.

Hanya Roshan yang sanggup berlakon di sisi Rai selepas Shah Rukh Khan dan Salman Khan menolak untuk digandingkan dengan bekas ratu cantik itu.

Rai melangsungkan perkahwinan dengan Abhishek Bachchan iaitu anak kepada legenda Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan pada April tahun lalu.

Aktres itu juga menimbulkan kekecohan kerana tiba lewat lebih sejam ke lokasi penggambaran dan membawa seorang pelawat yang akhirnya membuatkan Roshan panas hati.

“Mungkin Rai mahu menaiki helikopter dengan suaminya.

“Dia sudah bersuami sekarang,” kata Roshan dengan nada menyindir ketika menyentuh mengenai isu helikopter. – Agensi

Kosmo

Yang Terbaik & Jelik Dari Bollywood

17 Dec

Oleh Jamliah Abdullah

APA saja acara berkaitan dengan pelakon Bollywood akan mengembalikan nostalgia. Ia seperti cerita filem dan skripnya yang sering mereka mainkan berulang- ulang kali di layar perak.

Begitu juga seminggu yang lepas tatkala banyak pelakon popular mereka berkumpul di Kuala Lumpur selama tiga hari untuk acara penganugerahan bergelar Global Indian Film Awards atau GIFA.

Suasananya memang gemerlapan kerana yang hadir adalah bintang terkenal dari industri filem yang dipuja seluruh dunia.

Namun di sebalik semua itu satu-satu perkara yang tidak berubah adalah fiil dan sikap artis terbabit.

Lewat menghadirkan diri ke acara yang dianjurkan dan sikap acuh tidak acuh semasa sidang media, itu perkara biasa.

Ia semacam satu tradisi yang tidak dapat dipisahkan.

Mana-mana wartawan yang baru mahupun lama sudah maklum dengan fiil tersebut, dari 10 tahun lepas sehingga hari ini tidak pernah berubah.

Begitu juga pihak penganjur Popcorn Entertaiment dari India dan One Big Option dari Malaysia salah percaturan apabila mereka mengadakan sidang akhbar filem Baabul pada hari pertama acara.

Sidang akhbar tersebut seharusnya menjadi medan promosi para pelakon untuk memperkenalkan filem terbaru mereka yang turut ditayangkan pada acara tersebut.

Namun agak mengecewakan apabila para pelakon filem termasuk pengarah filem itu gagal memberikan kerjasama.

Majlis sidang media di Palace of Golden Horses yang dijadualkan bermula pada 3.30 petang hanya bermula dua jam setengah kemudian.

Pengarah filem Baabul, Ravi Chopra, pelakon, John Abraham dan pengarah muzik, Aadesh Shrivastav tiba ke bilik yang sudah sesak dipenuh keluh resah pada wartawan tepat pukul 5.30 petang.

Tentu saja majlis tersebut tidak akan bermula tanpa kehadiran pelakon utamanya, Salman Khan.

Aktor itu turun 20 minit kemudian dari suite hotel itu selepas pihak penganjur mengumumkan bahawa dia akan muncul dua minit lagi.

Itu belum termasuk sikap acuh tidak acuh pelakon dan pengarah terbabit terhadap soalan wartawan yang kelihatan bersungguh-sungguh atas nama tugasan.

Ketika ditanya, apa kelebihan anugerah seperti GIFA itu, Salman menjawab, “Apa saja anugerah yang menjemput saya adalah yang terbaik.”

Sebaik saja sesi soal menjawab bermula, telefon bimbit Ravi berbunyi dan ironi sekali apabila pengarah tersebut memilih untuk menjawab.

Akibatnya karpet merah pada tayangan perdana filem Baabul di pawagam TGV Suria KLCC itu juga terlewat dua setengah jam.

Lebih menghampakan apabila banyak orang kenamaan termasuk menteri dan penaung acara sendiri itu yang sudah lama hadir harus menunggu ketibaan mereka.

Apa pun ratusan peminat yang sudah membanjiri pusat membeli-belah itu tidak hilang semangat dan terus menjadi histeria apabila menyaksikan kelibat bintang pujaan mereka termasuk Salman, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan, Hema Malini, Esha Deol dan beberapa lagi artis lain.

Semua tidak berakhir di situ, sebaliknya berlanjutan untuk acara lain juga termasuk malam anugerah yang berlangsung di Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil pada malam hujung minggu lalu.

Acara yang sepatutnya berlangsung pada pukul 8.30 malam hanya berlangsung pada 10 malam.

Begitu juga perjalanan acara yang meleret-leret menjadikan acara berlarutan sehingga pukul 2.30 pagi.

Agak mengecewakan kerana acara itu sebenarnya dihadiri oleh banyak orang kenamaan dan tetamu diraja. Apa yang jelas tiada langsung rasa hormat mereka kepada kita.

Begitu juga tidak pernah ada dalam sejarah sesuatu acara penganugerahan itu akan tertangguh selewat itu.

Dari situ sudah terbayang sikap tidak profesional mereka apatah lagi apabila mengenangkan acara berlangsung di bumi orang.

Hakikatnya pihak penganjur juga tidak peka kepada budaya dan nilai budi masyarakat setempat yang berbilang kaum.

Bayangkan untuk acara yang bertaraf antarabangsa, ada juga para pelakon termasuk hos acara masih mahu bertutur dalam bahasa Hindi daripada menggunakan bahasa Inggeris sepanjang majlis itu berlangsung.

Itu yang barangkali menyebabkan peminat terutama yang tidak tahu berbahasa Hindi terpinga-pinga.

Itu belum termasuk pelbagai aksi menggiurkan para penari yang berpakaian ala bikini di pentas. Persoalannya bagaimana mereka boleh bebas berpakaian sedemikian apatah lagi bagi acara yang turut dihadiri oleh orang kenamaan dan tetamu diraja.

Ini bukan kali pertama Bollywood membawa trofi mereka ke sini atas nama memberi peluang kepada peminat mendekati bintang ternama mereka.

Acara seperti itu juga jadi begitu relevan sejak beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini, saat banyak filem dari Bollywood gagal di pasaran.

Majlis anugerah itu juga dilihat sebagai peluang industri filem terbabit untuk mempertahankan empayar mereka yang semakin suram.

GIFA 2006 diusung ke luar negara dengan satu tujuan iaitu membantu menjual filem-filem dan memperkenalkan para bintang Bollywood kepada khalayak global yang kini sudah merebak ke London, Amerika Utara, Asia Barat dan Asia Tenggara.

GIFA dilancarkan pada tahun lepas di Dubai dengan inisiatif pelakon Sunil Shetty dari Popcorn Entertaiment.

GIFA 2006 penuh kejutan

PENGANUGERAH trofi GIFA ke atas penggiat filem Bollywood itu sendiri membayangkan misi tersebut.

Boleh diandaikan bahawa GIFA agak unik dan berbeza daripada kebanyakan anugerah filem Bollywood lain.

Tradisinya, dalam sesebuah anugerah, satu atau dua filem akan menguasai. Sementara yang lain sekadar menerima anugerah kecil saja.

Agak mengejutkan apabila filem yang kurang meraih perhatian seperti Corporate, Golmaal, Fight Club dan 36 China Town turut mendapat habuan masing-masing di peringkat antarabangsa.

Pada masa yang sama filem pertaruhan besar Bollywood seperti Rang De Basanti, Lage Raho Munnabhai dan Krrish juga diangkat sebagai pemenang.

Lage Raho Munnabhai di luar jangkaan memenangi trofi filem Terbaik. Sementara pengarah Rang De Basanti, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra pula menang bagi kategori Sutradara Terbaik.

Selain daripada anugerah teknikal hero filem Krrish, Hrithik Roshan meraih penghargaan tertinggi untuk GIFA di tengah suasana gemerlapan, penuh tari dan nyanyi.

Hrithik memenangi gelaran aktor terbaik untuk peranannya sebagai superhero dalam filem Krrish iaitu filem sains fiksyen pertama Bollywood yang menerbitkan lebih 1,000 filem setiap tahun.

Trofi sutradara terbaik jatuh ke tangan Rakeysh Omprakash lewat filemnya Rang De Basanti iaitu sebuah drama yang dibintangi aktres Alice Patten.

Alice turut dicalonkan sebagai aktres terbaik, namun gelaran tersebut menjadi milik Bipasha Basu berkat lakonannya dalam Corporate iaitu sebuah filem tentang dunia korporat yang kompetitif.

Acara anugerah tersebut turut dimeriahkan dengan persembahan tari-menari daripada pelakon seperti Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Amisha Patel dan Salman Khan.

Bollywood tentu tidak dapat dipisahkan dengan aktor Shah Rukh Khan yang turut hadir sebagai hos.

Shah Rukh yang tercalon sebagai Aktor Terbaik tidak pulang tangan kosong apabila turut meraih anugerah Aktor Yang Paling Dicari di internet.

Sementara Priyanka Chopra menang anugerah Aktres Yang Paling Dicari di internet.

Sebanyak 24 kategori dipertandingkan dalam anugerah tersebut.

Antara tetamu diraja yang hadir adalah Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Sultan Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah dan isteri Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Azizah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar.

Turut hadir adalah Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan isteri Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansoor selaku penaung GIFA 2006.

Lebih 6,000 peminat membanjiri stadium yang dari dari seluruh negara dan negara jiran Malaysia, Singapura, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India dan Brunei.

Selain itu acara perlawanan bola sepak antara selebriti dan para menteri turut diadakan serta majlis makan malam amal.

Utusan Malaysia

Ready For Another Blast

13 Dec


Ready for another blast

Sanjay Gadhvi is set to rock audiences with Dhoom 2, the sequel to the iconic biker film, writes MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER


ZIP ZAP ZOOM Sanjay Gadhvi (far right) shows the way in the sequel to the smashing bikes-and-babes original

Sanjay Gadhvi went around telling everyone he was making India’s first sequel with Dhoom 2. “Only everyone from good friend Raju Hirani (Lage Raho) to Rakesh Roshan (Krrish) got there first!” Gadhvi says with a laugh in an exclusive interview with MetroPlus over the phone. Dhoom 2, which opens on November 24, has the same crew and part of the cast. While Jai, Sweety and Ali (Abhishek Bachchan, Rimi Sen and Uday Chopra) return, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu are the new entrants.

“When I made Dhoom, I never intended to make a sequel. The end, with John Abraham’s character, Kabir, going off the cliff and Jai and Ali walking away, is in the classic tradition. The fact that Kabir’s death is not shown led many people to feel that it was an opening for a sequel. There were so many hits on the site — over a lakh — which prompted the producers Yash Raj Films to look at a sequel and bingo here it is!

Contra casting

Gadhvi has indulged in big-time contra casting, with Mr. Nice Guy Hrithik, and little Ms. Plastic Ash walking the wild side. “At present there cannot be a better guy than Hrithik to play the bad guy. We needed someone to do a follow up on John and Hrithik has done a brilliant job. We needed an equally stunning love interest for Hrithik. Which is where Ash comes in. They are the two best-looking people in tinsel town today and what could be better than watching the two share some crackling chemistry? And the good thing about working under the Yash Raj banner is you just have to say it and the actor is available!”

Ask Gadhvi why John is not reprising his role and the director takes off. “Does James Bond fight the same villain in every movie? Did Sherlock Holmes solve the same case twice? Did Mel Gibson and Danny Glover fight the same villains in the Lethal Weapon series? Did Phantom and Mandrake fight the same bad guys in every comic? We cannot afford to get repetitive. And my apologies to all John’s fans out there that there would not be chance to see him bare-chested once more! That is a long answer to your short question!”

The edgy look of the film, shot on the sun-kissed beaches of Rio, is thanks to the brief of keeping it “young vibrant, hot and cool. We all looked like rock stars on the set! I wanted the film to be sexier than Dhoom.”

Gadhvi says: “Being a biker helped on Dhoom. I know bikes and have driven fast with girls sitting behind me. I know the gears are on the foot and know the exhaust from the engine. So it was fun making the film.”

And are there bigger and better bikes in the sequel? “You will have to buy a ticket and see the film to find out! I am not going to say if there are bikes in the film or if Ash wears a bikini!”

Dhoom made a huge impression for the slick technique and while Gadhvi underlines the importance of content, he says: “Content has to be backed by technique to make it work. Anyone who says the event is of prime importance is wrong. If you just put a camera and let it roll to record the events, you might as well make a play. A film is an audiovisual medium and the director decides what the audience should see.”

Gadhvi’s most memorable moment on the shoot was when he jumped off the highest freefall point in the world. “It was 125 meters high and I did the jump twice! I however could not watch the cast do the jump. It was too scary.”

Gadhvi, whose directorial debut Tere Liye (2000) and Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002) did not do too well, says he came to action-comedy movie genre “by default. I left home saying I wanted to make films like Amar Akbar Anthony or Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. But what Dhoom’s success has done is given me the confidence to try out other genres — maybe a thriller or a horror movie. I am 39 and plan to retire at 50. In the meantime I would like to make a seven or eight films, which I will choose carefully. Right now I think I want to take it easy for a bit and go on a Christmas vacation.”


Hindu On Net

Man, That's Super!

24 Jun


Man, that’s super!

Hrithik Roshan owes his Hollywood-style superpowers in Krrish to a studio right here in India, writes Bhumika K.


SUPERMAN SLAMDUNK Hrithik Roshan has whizzed down multistoreyed buildings and ridden the airwaves, thanks to new-age visual effects

Have you been ogling a particularly sinewy, wavy-haired dude digging his heels into grass and mud, bouncing off boulders effortlessly, flying over trucks, and flying Tai Chi-style over streets of Singapore, jumping from building to building? It’s Hrithik Roshan in his latest avatar in Krrish.

Only he’s very reminiscent of Spiderman, Superman, Neo in The Matrix, a bit of Crouching Tiger… and a few other heroes all rolled in one and blown up a 100 times over by the standards of visual special effects in Indian movies. And it’s all stamped “Made in India”.

Yes, if that brought you down with a thud after all that flying with Hrithik, you must listen to the guys who made him look as cool as a cucumber… and as cool as Hollywood. Almost. (We haven’t seen the movie still, have we?).

Chennai-based Prasad EFX, one of the largest digital post-production studios in India, has woven the digital magic and visual special effects into Krrish. The effects run into almost 90 minutes in this Rakesh Roshan sequel of Koi Mil Gaya, brandished about as being a trendsetter with “never before” visual special effects (VFX) on the Indian screen.

“There are about 1,200 digitally-manipulated shots in the film and they have been done to the standard of Hollywood,” says Mohan Krishnan, head of corporate communications of the Prasad Group. An average Indian film with special effects would have around 200 to 300 shots with special effects.

Hollywood’s VFX supervisors Craig Mumma and Marc Kolbe, who have worked on the effects of films like Independence Day and Godzilla, supervised the work at Prasad EFX. A team of 60 Indians slogged for well over six months to create the special visuals for the film. “It’s the first film we have completely executed for Hollywood supervisors. They are perfectionists, completely into details,” says Kilari Himakumar, senior line producer at Prasad EFX, who was the project manager for this film.

Director Rakesh Roshan had a very clear brief when he approached the company — he wanted nothing less than Hollywood. In fact Roshan first went to Los Angeles where he approached Mumma and Kolbe to do the effects. They in turn zeroed in on Prasad EFX to execute the work. Initially, Rakesh Roshan was apprehensive whether they would meet his Hollywood-standard demand. Craig and Mumma have earlier worked on a few projects together with the company on films like Koi Mil Gaya and a Hollywood production Sound of Thunder. In fact, Rakesh Roshan was so impressed finally with the work, he even told them: “People who have seen the film say that you cannot say this film is like Hollywood, it is Hollywood.”

In fact they had to do a 360 degree scan of Hrithik’s body in Los Angeles to create a basic digital model of the hero. Then other high-end 3D modelling, animation, compositing, modelling and other effects were added on. “We even developed his hair for certain scenes with a special software,” pitches in Himakumar. They have also visualised, designed and implemented an entire futuristic lab sequence, apart from 3D modelling of cars, bikes, helicopters, birds, and animals to match the live footage. They have also digitally enhanced some parts of the film where every little particle of earth Hrithik kicks up on a run is highlighted and every splinter of wood falling down when an axe hits it looks dramatically surreal.

As they explain the effects, they run a shot of Hrithik Roshan flipping around in an action sequence over another actor’s shoulder from a bike! “The bike was added later in the studios,” offers Himakumar, demonstrating the extent to which things can be altered with digital technology. “We even erased the legs off a table. Studios in Los Angeles would charge nearly Rs. 25 lakh to do this alone!”

Talking of costs, the entire post-production and digitisation, the Digital Intermediate service (where the movie is digitally corrected, cleaned up and enhanced in terms of look and feel), visual effects and prints for the film came at a whopping Rs. 15 crore (around 20 per cent of the purportedly Rs. 50 crore-budget film).

Ever since they have done Krrish, the studio is in talks with many Hollywood and European studios to execute VFX for mainstream international films, says Krishnan. “Thanks to the Indian IT industry, we no longer have to sell India. We only have to sell our own work and capabilities.” The extent of this outsourcing possibility is huge and could bring in work worth two million US dollars from a single project, he says.


Hindu On Net

Anugerah IIFA 2004 – Hrithik Roshan Tewaskan Shah Rukh Khan

24 May

Oleh SAHARUDIN MUSTHAFA (Yang membuat liputan Anugerah IIFA 2004 di Singapura)

FILEM Kal Ho Naa Ho berjaya merangkul lapan daripada 13 anugerah utama termasuk anugerah Filem Terbaik di Akademi Industri Filem India 2004 (IIFA 2004) yang berlangsung di Singapura, malam Sabtu lalu.

Kemenangan filem arahan Nikhil Advani itu sememangnya sudah diduga dari awal lagi biarpun filem itu mendapat persaingan yang sengit daripada filem Koi Mil Gaya.

Antara anugerah lain yang dibawa pulang oleh karyawan filem berkenaan ialah Pelakon Wanita Terbaik yang dimenangi oleh Preity Zinta, Pelakon Pembantu Lelaki Terbaik (Saif Ali Khan) dan Pelakon Pembantu Wanita Terbaik (Jaya Bachchan).

Karyawan filem berkenaan turut memenangi anugerah Cerita Terbaik, Arahan Muzik Terbaik, Lirik Terbaik dan Penyanyi Latar Lelaki Terbaik.

Selain lapan anugerah utama itu, filem Kal Ho Naa Ho juga membolot enam anugerah teknikal lain.

Sementara itu, kemenangan pasangan bapa dan anak, Rakesh Roshan dan Hrithik Roshan turut menjadi tumpuan seluruh karyawan filem India yang berkampung di negara itu.

Kejayaan paling manis dua beranak itu masing-masing menerusi trofi Pengarah Terbaik dan Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik menerusi filem Ki Mil Gaya sekali gus mengenepikan pengarah Nikhil Advani dan aktor Shah Rukh Khan yang bertanding menerusi filem Kal Ho Naa Ho.

Pelakon karisma, Hrithik Roshan kini dilihat sebagai bintang yang cukup menyerlah di India dan memberi saingan yang sengit pada aktor ternama India, Shah Rukh Khan.

Anugerah IIFA 2004 turut memberi pengiktirafan kepada dua personaliti tersohor industri filem India iaitu aktor veteran Dilip Kumar dan penerbit filem terkenal, Yash Johar kerana sumbangan besar mereka pada industri filem Bollywood.

Dilip dianugerahkan Pencapaian Cemerlang Perfileman India yang disampaikan oleh Presiden Singapura, S.R. Nathan.

Yash pula menerima anugerah Sumbangan Cemerlang Perfileman India yang disampaikan oleh aktor Amitabah Bachchan.

Acara yang berlangsung selama tiga hari bermula Khamis lalu menyaksikan kehadiran ramai bintang ternama Bollywood yang diketuai oleh Amitbah yang juga Ketua Penaung dan Duta Anugerah IIFA.

Tidak ketinggalan pelakon-pelakon seperti Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerjee, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Abishek Bachchan, Sunjay Dutt, Preity Zinta, Kajol, Ajay Devgan dan ramai lagi.

Senarai penuh pemenang anugerah IFFA 2004

Filem Terbaik : Kal Ho Naa Ho

Pengarah Terbaik: Rakesh Roshan (Koi Mil Gaya)

Cerita Terbaik: Karan Johar

(Kal Ho Naa Ho)

Aktor Terbaik : Hrithik Roshan

Aktres Terbaik: Preity Zinta

Aktor Pembantu Terbaik :

Saif Ali Khan

Aktres Pembantu Terbaik :

Jaya Bachchan

Pelakon Komedi Terbaik:

Boman Irani

Pelakon Watak Negatif Terbaik : Feroz Khan

Arahan Muzik Terbaik :

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Penyanyi Latar Lelaki Terbaik :

Sonu Nigam

Penyanyi Latar Wanita Terbaik : Shreya Ghoshal

Lirik Terbaik: Javed Akhtar

(Kal Ho Naa Ho)

Anugerah Khas :

Anugerah Pencapaian Cemerlang Dalam Industri Perfileman India :

Dilip Kumar

Anugerah Sumbangan Cemerlang Perfileman India : Yash Johar

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