Only a handful of films like Ra.One, Mere Brother Ki
Dulhan and Mausam feature railway stations, according
to a Central Railway report.
from that particular window has dipped by 60 per cent
compared to that of 2009-10. The reason being cited
is that filmmakers tend to make use of latest technologies
like visual effects (VFX).
the technology around, filmmakers have been desisting
to go out to shoot on location for sometime now. What
they primarily need are the basic shots that are later
interspersed with objects, people and effects. Through
this, film units save on time as well as money.
the shooting of Ra.One, the makers used the Chhatrapati
Shivaji Terminus for a day, though it had an elaborate
sequence of a train ramming into the station forcefully,
cutting through the platform and the station boundary
walls and toppling on to the road only to be stopped
by Shah Rukh Khans character with one hand in
the exteriors of the station. It is said that the
producers paid the CR Rs 125,000 for the shoot.
shot looked so elaborate on screen, making the film
audience wonder as to how many days it must have taken
to shoot the entire sequence. But, with the help of
VFX, a few shots of the train and the station sufficed
the wants of the makers. The rest was done by our
visual effects team, said Red Chillies VFX CEO
Only 13 production houses including Red Chillies Entertainment,
Excel Entertainment and Yash Raj Films shot at Central
Railway locations in 2011-12 compared to 28
in 2009-10 and 19 in 2010-11.