Shah Rukh Khan is getting rave reviews for his performance as the psychotic Gaurav Chandna in his latest flick Fan and the film is also breaking records at the box office. However, it is not just SRK who should enjoy all the credit for Gaurav - VFX, digital enhancing, prosthetics and a lot more effort together with Khan’s acting skills brought to screen the character that is now winning hearts.
The filmmakers shared a video on Tuesday that gives us a closer look into how SRK became Aryan Khanna’s biggest and creepiest fan for the movie.
Work on the digital enhancement and VFX for Maneesh Sharma’s directorial venture began as early as November 2014 when 20-30 shots of the film were tested and the final look of Gaurav’s character was locked. Hollywood make up artist Greg Canon, too, lent his expertise for the final touch. He had previously worked on Brad Pitt starrer The Curious Case of Benjamin Button where he made the actor look different at the various stages of his life.
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The VFX work on Fan was an indispensable part of the movie, and timing the shots of Shah Rukh Khan as Gaurav proved particularly challenging due to the fact that SRK’s face was digitally restructured to make the character look younger. Using mattes provided by the VFX house, Head of Production (DI) Salil Deshpande and colourist Ken Metzker worked closely with DoP Manu Anand to perfect the look for both the live action and the VFX elements in the images.
Greg said, “Normally we take 10-15 days for such transformations but we had to do this in seven days!”
Commenting on the efforts, Manu Anand said, “Working with the wonderful colourist Ken Metzger on Fan was a pleasure. His skill and talent helped me immensely during the grading to achieve the look I wanted.”
“Grading a movie as heavy on VFX as Fan is always a challenge and we worked closely together to ensure that the overall look of the movie was consistent with the director’s vision for the film. We are all extremely thrilled about the final film and I look forward to working with Manu again soon,” said colorist Ken Metzker.
To ensure a realistic grade that worked with the emotions and story, over 500 hundred hours were spent grading the VFX plates and fine-tuning the grade of the movie, Ken added.
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