'Indians capable of producing VFX at par with Hollywood'
With Double Negative Bagging Oscar For Blade Runner 2049, Prime Focus' CEO On Replicating Magic On Home Turf With Ranbir's Brahmastra
As Denis Villeneuve's Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling-starrer Blade Runner 2049 bagged the gong for Best Visual Effects at the recently concluded Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles, media company Prime Focus celebrated the win on this part of the globe. The Indian group's Double Negative (DNEG) was the company behind the success of the fantasy.
Prime Focus CEO Namit Malhotra sees this win as a challenge to replicate the magic in Indian ventures too. "While once dominant in the American film industry, visual effects are now used in films from across the globe. It's only fitting that a country like India, which has a 100-year-long history in the movie business, is at par with Hollywood. India is rapidly advancing in filmmaking technology. Our artistes are capable of producing quality work that matches the kind created by the rest of the world," Malhotra says, adding that Indian artistes can expect to collaborate with the "best in the world" in the near future.
Still from Blade Runner 2049
With Prime Focus co-producing the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer superhero fantasy, Brahmastra, Malhotra says his team is already aspiring to match international standards, as far as VFX technology is concerned. "With this film, we will hopefully set an example of what can be expected from India in the future. I have been committed to creating films with such visual effects since the onset of my career."