For mega-budget Hollywood films, especially those featuring superheroes or heavy doses of CGI, it has almost become the norm to have an Imax (a special, higher-resolution format) release. Now, two major action films in Bollywood — Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 3 (starring Hrithik Roshan) and Yash Raj Films’ (YRF) Dhoom:3 (starring Aamir Khan in the lead) — have been vying for Imax releases.
But with both films slated to release towards the end of the year, Roshan’s film is the one that has had to compromise with the format. A trade source says, “Rakesh Roshan wanted to release the movie in Imax. However, Aditya Chopra made the first move. He seems to have a deal with Imax, as per which, Dhoom:3 will be the first Bollywood release in that format, resultantly blocking any other film attempting the same.”
Earlier, almost a decade back, Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal was the first Indian film to attempt an Imax format, but it never released.
In May, Aditya Chopra, chairman, YRF, reportedly said, “Since announcing the Imax release of Dhoom:3, we’ve seen tremendous anticipation around this first-ever Imax release of a Hindi feature film.”
The source adds, “For an Imax release, you first need to digitally convert it for the huge screen with an extremely high resolution. The process takes two to three months.”
When contacted, Rakesh simply says, “I did have plans of releasing the film in the Imax format. However, since it will take two months to convert it, that’s no longer possible for us to do that. We don’t have that kind of time.”
The third instalment of the superhero film releases on November 3 and will be Hrithik Roshan’s first release of 2013. The film will also star Vivek Oberoi, Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut.
The third instalment of the Dhoom series releases on December 25, and will mark Aamir Khan’s second film with YRF. It also stars Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. Interestingly, Hrithik was a part of Dhoom:2 (2006).