People love and expect to see outrageous things that can not be done or exist in real life on the silver screen. Special effects is the way that conjures up those images on the screen. A special effects can be divided in to three parts- stunts or physical special effects, make up effects and visual effects like Computer Graphics or CG of today. Indian cinema always emphasizes on human dramas. That is why chances to show outrageous things in Indian movies are a bit short. Still there were some movies which showed special things in the past and some extraordinary Indian movies of today are showing outrageous things as well. Here are 8 such movies ( mostly in Hindi language) which can lead a way to realize the evolution and use of special effects in Indian movies.
Uran khatola or the flying bed was released in post independence India in 1955. This black and white film had the very first shot of title sequence that was done via special effects. The shot showed a very decorative bed was flying through the air with a beautiful nymph like woman on it. The shot was done via back projection or a projected back ground on a screen behind the bed. It gave an illusion that the bed was flying through the air.
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
A great comedy film in the 60s starring Kishore and Ashoke Kumar that was centered around a car. The film used the back projection process heavily for the dialogue scene in the car. The scenes in which the car ‘Champion’ came back to its owner very rapidly staying in back gear when a whistle was blown from behind, were simply done via rewinding the film. In modern Indian films like Piku all the scenes of dialogue in the car are filmed with modern processed car with multiple cameras in it.
A fantasy children film of late 70s in India directed by late Tapan Sinha had mesmerized the audience by showing a bond between a simple village boy and a milky white elephant called Airavat. The film makers achieved the startling magic just via painting a normal elephant white.
The all time classic of Indian commercial cinema still enthralls today. The early scene of bandits attacking the train which contained two fugitives Jay and Veeru the heroes of the film was amazingly made by just choosing the camera angles carefully. The physical special effects or stunts were greatly performed and the editing was tour de force also.
It is already mentioned that special make up is a part of great visual effects. It must be mentioned that it was film maker and actor Kamal Hassan who first brought special make upl effects technicians from Hollywood to make him look really old for one of his films. Following this tradition the film makers of the movie Paa used both expertise of Hollywood and Bollywood or Mumbai to transform actor Amitabh Bachchan to a man who was a patient of genetic disease called progeria. Amitabh had to endure an ordeal as prosthetic make up was applied for several hours on him.
An indian superhero movie that had an excellent sequence in which a superhero thief who only stole from bad people just left his cycle and walked calmly and crossed a rail track just before a train. This sequence was shot in two parts. The first one with the actor Salman Khan in front of a green screen in the studio. While the train track was shot separately. The train was computer generated. The whole sequence was later composited together.
Released in summer 2015 the story of this drama took place in a Bombay that no longer existed. The film makers built amazing sets of late 60s Bombay in Srl Lanka. Partial sets were later completed via use of cutting edge computer generated imagery or CGI. Besides for long and top shots of the streets of vintage Bombay CGI was used entirely following vintage photographs.
Baahubali, the Beginning
This double version Hindi and Tamil film released a few months ago became a landmark film in Indian cinema as it utilized the expertise of Indian as well as Hollywood technicians to make its fantasy story come into life on screen. The team of visual effects artists who utilized their skills in Jurassic World helped to bring otherworldly vistas, monsters and big epics scenes of fight to come alive vividly. It is an Indian answer to Lord of the Rings.
So you like to know about some movies which brought great changes in special effects in Indian cinema. Here is the list.