Film director Ketan Mehta, who introduced digital technology in Indian cinema by converting action-adventure Sholay in 3D, says that revisiting the classic film with the new machinery was challenging.
“It was a big challenge to convert such an iconic film into 3D,” he says. Because it is a 38-year-old production, the negative was fading and had to be restored and digitised. All the corrections had to be made and then we had to convert it from 2D to 3D."
He adds, "We had to bring 3D in each second of the film. Every second is made of 24 frames and the entire film had two lakh eighty thousand frames. It was a mammoth task to separate each element of each frame and give it the required depth to make it for a good viewing experience."
Mehta says old classics could be revived only with value additions and 3D is one such technology.
"The movie is a classic and people will love to watch it with the technological augmentation. The original Sholay is still there but now people have a choice. If such an iconic, hit film had to be revived for today’s generation, it had to be revived in 3D. This is the value addition.”
The film’s box office collections have hit Rs 7.30 crore in the domestic market in first four days after being released on January 3, but that does not worry Mehta.
"Nowadays if a movie does not reach the 100 crore club, it is not considered to be successful. We are very happy as people have appreciated the 3D transformation. Our objective was to present this iconic film to the younger lot in a way they would like it and are happy that the movie now has a young fan club, too," the filmmaker says.