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The Indian company that makes props for Game of Thrones doesn’t want to work for Bollywood

Rajiv Goil, one of the partners of RS Windlass, the Noida based company that manufactures Game of Thrones costumes, says that budget constraints and compromise in quality has stopped them from working for Bollywood.

delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2017 13:53 IST
Abhinav Verma
Abhinav Verma
Hindustan Times
Game of Thrones,Season 7,RS Windlass & sons
Rajiv Goil is one of the partners of RS Windlass & sons.

Ever wondered from where those gorgeous costumes on the hit show Game of Thrones come from? Well, you would be surprised to hear that they are produced right here in India, in Noida and Dehradun. The Windlass family is the one responsible for producing the iconic black coat of Jon Snow in the hit show Game of Thrones. The company has been in the business for supplying and manufacturing period costumes, props and official replicas to various Hollywood production houses. They have two factories. One is in Noida, which was opened in 2005 and the other one is in Dehradun, which was established in 1991. We recently got in touch with one of the partners of RS Windlass & sons, Rajiv Goil, who tells us why they don’t produce props for Bollywood, among other things. Read on

How the attention from Game of Thrones has affected the company

Rajiv Goil is one of the partners of RS Windlass & sons.

We have been supplying props and obtaining licenses from major production houses for long, but the success of GOT has brought us a lot of recognition. We are very glad to be associated with Game of Thrones. A lot of people calls us for replicas of props from the show.

Why they don’t manufacture licensed replicas in India

They also manufacture props and costumes for LARP (live action role playing) and renaissance fair across Europe and US. ( HT Photo/ Raajessh Kashyap )

Intellectual property laws in India are indeed very lax, that is why we do not manufacture many licensed replicas for this region, and there is much at stake in terms of our company’s credibility and financial commitment involved. The laws need to be much stricter.

Why they don’t deal with Bollywood

Jon Snow’s famous black coat and the replica of his sword ‘ Longclaw’. ( HT Photo/ Raajessh Kashyap )

Bollywood was not too professional to coordinate with. This has been our experience. The work is often not detail oriented. Not much of research goes into doing historical productions. There are often budget constraints leading to a compromise in quality, which we don’t like. Maybe someday the industry will become more mature.

What are their future plans and how they’ve managed to sustain themselves for so long

Rashi Goil is the daughter of Rajiv Goil. ( HT Photo/ Raajessh Kashyap )

We will continue to do what we have been doing for over 7 decades and try to be better in our endeavors to be able to offer unparalleled quality and workmanship, while maintaining the same ethical and honourable values as ever.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 13:37 IST