Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ To Recreate A Full Era With VFX

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has proved he is a perfectionist, by choosing to recreate an entire era of the 1950’s and 1960’s on screen, by using high-tech VFX.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has proved he is a perfectionist, by choosing to recreate an entire era of the 1950’s and 1960’s on screen, by using high-tech VFX.

MUMBAI: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has proved he is a perfectionist, by choosing to recreate an entire era of the 1950’s and 1960’s on screen for ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, by using high-tech VFX.

Reportedly, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is spending many hours with his team for this. An insider source revealed: “The film is set in the ’50s and ’60s. To get the feel of that time and the spectators cheering for the athletes, these portions are being recreated using computer graphics. They will be seamlessly merged with the original shots later.”

The post-production team at Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures is busy at work, trying to build an entire sports arena, only by using visual effects (VFX).

Until now, all the shots involving Farhan Akhtar running were canned at a stadium in Chandigarh.

“Since the film was shot in a real stadium, we will be using the field shots from there as well. But the final edit will carry a combination of VFX and these original shots,” added the source.

Rakeysh admits, “It is heavy post-production work. The film is not only about the person but also about a particular time in history that needs to be captured.”

Rubbishing reports of Milkha Singh sitting in on the trailer edit, Mehra states: “This is news to me. Why would I ask him to sit in the edit? This is my film!”

Farhan Akhtar plays the role of Milkha Singh, the Flying Sikh in this biopic, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. The film also stars Sonam Kapoor and will release in July 2013.