News|November 10, 2011 9:06 pm

Sholay will re-release in 3D in 2012

Gabbar Singh, Jay and Veeru will be fighting in 3D in 2012, Maya Digital Studios and High-tech effects studio owned by producer-director Ketan Mehta is making Ramesh Sippy directed film in 3D format.

Frank Foster, Senior Director and Chief Operating Officer, Maya Digital Studios, is managing the project and has been in India since a year making sure that no mistakes are found in converting the film into 3D,

Frank Foster said,

The democratisation of visual effects means that India has become the go-to destination for all kinds of post-production work,

He recollects when he had worked with Sony Pictures Imageworks at the time of the film ‘Maya Memsaab’ featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepa Sahi 16 years ago. Foster said,

Only a few ad films used effects to a certain extent. But the scope now is immense. Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg are looking at India to develop special effects, I don’t care much for the monsoons and traffic of Mumbai but I came here because I truly believe that in the next five years this city will become the main hub of post-production in the world,

Talking about Sholay in 3D, he said,

After getting the requisite permission from the Sippys, we realised what a task it was. When you convert a movie from 2D to 3D, the source material is the most important thing. Recreating a 35 year old movie that is not colour-corrected was a definite challenge,

A normal Hollywood film contains about 2000 shots but Sholay has almost 5000 shots. We have worked hard on each of those 5000-odd shots by identifying objects in these shots that need to be colour-corrected and enhanced for better visual appeal. There were between 100 to 2000 objects in each shot for the team to work on. It was quite tough,


Fosters says,

Ramesh Sippy’s movies are obviously inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Westerners. For him, Sholay was as much a labour of torture as it was a labour of love. You must give him credit for introducing stereo in Indian films and action stuntmen from the UK,

He has developed a proprietary conversion software on which almost 90 per cent of the film has been worked. The team also used Rotoscopy, a technique in which animators create a new trajectory over live action film frame by frame to a great extent. This means positioning 40 to 50 dancers used in a Holi sequence in a way that the 3D effect blends in with the shot. To do this, each dancer and his/ her movements have to be digitally-enhanced so that the transition to 3D looks smooth. Foster said that most of the 3D will be used in the action sequences. One computer-generated shot has also been introduced in the film. Early in the film, during the train sequence when both Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan are battling bandits, Dharmendra’s character Veeru throws a few coal chunks over barrels of oil that explode instantaneously.

In the CG shot, we have given the explosion red colour instead of the original black because Sholay in English means embers and we wanted to show that,

According to him, their are many films that can be remade for young audience but not Sholey, the memorable dialogues, unforgettable characters and the thrill of watching the now-deceased Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago,

If Sholey in 3D works well on box office, audience will view many more films in 3D in near future.