Prime Focus, with its wide range of services including Cameras, DI and VFX, has always been part of most Bollywood projects in one way or the other. But for the first time, Prime Focus has not only provided the aforementioned services but also film prints and Digital Cinema Masters for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's visual extravaganza- Guzaarish.
Prime Focus' DI team was lead by Rohan Desai, Chief Colorist and DI head, who has also graded SLB's Black and Saawariya in the past said, "Like Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black was a turning point for DI in this industry, Guzaarish will be a turning point for Prime Focus, as the true one-stop shop not only to deliver complete top-quality DI and VFX work, but also to deliver the final film prints and digital copies, which is what the audience will see. It is a mark of our veritable integrated services profile."
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movies are always a visual splendour. The Prime Focus team has worked on some really challenging and spell bounding VFX shots for Guzaarish. Leading the team were, Merzin Tavaria, Chief Creative Director and Reupal Rawal, Sr. VFX Supervisor, Prime Focus.
Talking about the VFX of the film, Merzin said, "Having worked with SLB earlier, we understand his creative sensibilities. We worked on some really complex VFX shots for Guzaarish. All of Hrithik's magic tricks needed to have a very ethereal feel to it. We worked on each of these shots with a lot of attention to detail to make it look as seamless as possible, so you can't really tell the difference between reality and illusion."
Talking about the experience, Reupal Rawal said, "We are extremely honoured to have been associated and have contributed to the success of Guzaarish with our VFX. I would like to thank SLB for trusting our creative expertise. It's his vision and expression of true cinema that pushed us to achieve greater heights of creativity. "
Some of the most visually appealing shots are actually the magic of VFX. Some of them include the first magic trick of Hrithik where he is dancing with a ball, the unbelievable CG house shots, the candle sequences and even the most talked about fly shot which was part of the first look of the movie.
Many of those illusionary magic tricks were actually executed by a group of about 50 artistes in the post-production facility of Prime Focus over a period of almost four months. Below is a shot by shot break down of each scene.