Epic effects for Mahabharat

Written by Onkar Kulkarni | Mumbai | Updated: Sep 1 2013, 04:53am hrs
MahabharatSayantani Ghosh and Samir Dharmadhikari in Mahabharat
Touted to be the most expensive serial on television, the neo version of Mahabharat is all set to hit the small screen on September 16, 2013. Set to air on Star Plus, the epic series, produced by Siddharth Kumar Tewary, creative director and producer of Swastik Productions, is one of the most ambitious television project being made on a budget of Rs.100 crore, which includes world-class special effects.

Commenting on the VFX, Sriniwas Rao - VFX Supervisor, Swastik Productions, says, This is the first time that Indian television will see something on such a large scale. I have seen the rough cuts and trust me, all I can say is it looks very real. He adds further, Creating bullets for films is so much easier then creating arrows for Mahabharat. Recreating the whole look and feel of an ancient period was a challenge as it required a lot of imagination. But I am completely enjoying the task.

Talking about the budget of the film, Rao, whos earlier worked on special effects for films like Jajantaram Mamantaram, Veer, Aladin, 3 Idiots, says, There are rumours about the project being 100 crores, but I can tell you it is much more than that. With a minute-long VFX sequence costing around Rs. 50,000 to Rs.70,000, one can imagine the entire budget for the show.

Starring people like Saurabh Jain, Pooja Sharma, Sayantani Ghosh, Pallavi Subhash, Prannet Bhatt and Puneet Issar, Mahabharat will replace Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. With around 25 episodes ready, 45 other episodes are in the process of getting finalised.