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Black art director designs for Commonwealth Games

The Bollywood art director Omung Kumar's designs will be dramatic, but down-to-earth. Read on.

art and culture Updated: Jul 28, 2010 13:32 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

Omung Kumar is set to make India proud once again. The art director, who headed the design team for the tourist destination spot — Kingdom of Dreams — in Delhi, is now designing for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010. The director has worked on films such as Black, Saawariya, Jhankaar Beats, Fida, Chameli, and Chance Pe Dance, among others. Kumar, along with his wife Vanita, has also worked on award shows like Filmfare, IIFA, Star Screen, Miss India, Zee Cine, and Gladrags.

Kumar was approached by Wizcraft for the Commonwealth Games project. “They needed Indian production designers and when the offer came to me, I immediately said yes. I’m working along with creative engineer Mark Fisher,” Kuman informs.

He adds that his design team is making props for the whole event. But he refuses to divulge details about the set design because the event is just around the corner.

“There’s news about an aerostat in the making in the newspapers… some of this are true, some is not. Well, the work is really happening in my godown and it will all be a mystery until we unveil it on the opening ceremony,” Kumar chuckles.

Considering a lot of his Bollywood sets are larger-than-life, will CWG too have similar tones? “I’m not going to give the details out. But let’s just say it will be very dramatic, not in the manner of my movies though. The audience will get to see what India is all about in a very different style, something never seen before.”

He reveals that the materials used will be unusual and down-to-earth. Kumar promises, “It’s something that will make you go ‘wow’. We’re doing something that will impress people from around the world. What you’ll get in the end will be a set that will really be a slice of India.”