Soundarya R. Ashwin, daughter of Indian cinestar Rajinikanth, has pulled off many firsts with her directorial debut Kochadaiiyaan, touted as the country's first 'photo-realistic performance capture' entertainer. But pulling it off wasn't a bed of roses for the young woman, who dealt with the lack of technical expertise and worked around a "miniscule" budget to create it.
With a passion for animation, the well-informed 29-year-old is hopeful that her movie will break myths about the genre, and that it will set the stage for the "abundant talent" in the country to learn the technical innovations which are globally taking filmmaking to another level.
In an exclusive tete-a-tete with IANS in the capital, where she was present to receive the Technical Innovation In Film honour at the NDTV Indian Of The Year awards, Soundarya spoke of Kochadaiiyaan, the challenges faced by her and the prospects of animation films in the country.
Excerpts from Soundarya's interview:
Q. How should the layman understand 'photo-realistic performance capture'?
Performance capture is a technology where we capture the performance of the actors and we attach it to a virtual image of the characters we create. It's a very technical word, but it is to highlight the fact that it is a realistic film on the lines of Werewolf and Avatar, and not on the lines of The Polar Express or Tintin, which are on the cartoon side. Continue Soundarya Rajinikanth's Interview On Kochadaiiyaan in the slideshow.