It's been 100 years since the legendary luxury vessel Titanic met its tragic end. Fifteen years back, a film was made to commemorate this tragedy and now the film is re-releasing India in a 3D version on Thursday. On its centenary anniversary, we reveal some interesting facts about the Titanic.
Titanic's 3D conversion came at a heavy price
Three hundred people, 60 weeks, 279,000 frames and $18 million (Rs 92 crore) - that's what went into converting multiple Oscar-award winning flick Titanic into 3D, reveals its co-producer Jon Landau.
"It was very painstaking. It took us 60 weeks. Director James Cameron looked at every frame of film to convert it into 3D and there were 2,79,000 frames," Landau told HT."What Titanic is going to show people is that 3D enhances drama and not action, because all of a sudden, in an intimate moment between Jack and Rose (the lead characters in the movie), we've sneaked into that room with them and are observing that very private moment," he said.
Kate Winslet's regrets
Kate Winslet recently revealed that watching her 1997 hit Titanic was a "profoundly weird experience", even declaring that watching the film was like watching "a home video".
"It's like saying 'We're going to show three and a half years of your life, live to the Albert Hall!" the Mirror quoted her as saying. And she clearly didn't like her accent.
"My American accent was bad!" she said.
And guess what... that's just one of her regrets. Referring to her nude scene in the film, the Oscar winning actor even said that she had a sinking feeling at the prospect of being seen naked in the 3D version of Titanic.
"I'm not going to look. I'll be in the bar by that point. I wish I hadn't shown so much flesh but I was young and I knew I had things to prove," she told The Sun.
Incidentally, the film's very popular and iconic love track My Heart Will Go On makes Winslet want to throw up.
What sent Leonardo DiCaprio 'crawling under the seat'
Though the actor couldn't make it to the premiere of the film, lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't exactly happy after watching the film.
"I didn't show him the whole film but I showed him 18 minutes of it a few months ago. It was a good reunion for us but great to watch his reaction. He couldn't believe it. He said to me, 'I'm such a young punk. Look at me.' He was practically crawling under the seat. It was a good moment," dailystar.co.uk quoted Cameron as saying.
Jon Landau's 'what absolutely not to do' speech
Titanic producer Jon Landau recently revealed to HT that the Academy came to him a year after Titanic for my speech. "They wanted to edit it in parts and show future nominees what was a 'good speech', an 'okay speech' and what 'absolutely not to do', he said.
Exclusive footage for India
Before its worldwide release scheduled for April 4, producer Jon Landau got an exclusive 30-minute footage of the film to the country on March 22, before its worldwide release on April 4.
Indian Censor Board passes Titanic without cuts
Also, possibly the most unbelievable and unheard of fact about the Titanic release in India is that it has been okayed by the Censor Board without cutting out the nude scene featuring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Titanic's last menu auctioned
Titanic's last lunch menu was auctioned in Britain fetching a huge sum of 76,000. It was among hundreds of items from the doomed ship auctioned in Wiltshire ahead of the 100th anniversary of its sinking in the Atlantic Ocean.
The menu was dated April 14, 1912, the day the cruiser hit an iceberg and sank, killing 1,522 people.
It featured several courses, such as eggs Argenteuil, consomme fermier and chicken a la Maryland.
What the Titanic looks like today
New images of the Titanic show the complete wreck of the sunken ship, resting 12,500ft down on the sea floor, for the first time ever. The luxury passenger liner sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912 after striking an iceberg killing more than 1,500 people.
The images, released in National Geographic magazine's April 2012 edition to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragedy next month, were created using sonar.