Discovery Channel decodes the making of Ra.One in Revealed

Discovery Channel decodes the making of Ra.One in Revealed


New Delhi: RA.One represents a significant milestone in Indian cinema. One of the most ambitious and expensive science fiction films with world-class visual effects and animation wizardry, it has proved India?s expertise to produce high quality VFX films. Deconstructing the production of one of the most illustrious films in its one-hour special, Discovery Channel will premiere REVEALED: THE MAKING OF RA.ONE, on Friday, March 30th at 8 pm.

The programme will repeat on Sunday, April 1st at 8 pm. A unique initiative by Discovery Networks, the programme will also simulcast on TLC, Discovery Science and Discovery Channel Tamil.

A celebration of glorious triumphs in innovation and technology, Discovery Channel will provide unique access to various aspects of filming the movie.

REVEALED: THE MAKING OF RA.ONE will provide an account of some of the biggest challenges to produce the film including release of all 3500 plus VFX shots on time. A 5,000- strong team from India, UK and the US, including 400 at Shah Rukh Khan?s own company Red Chillies VFX worked in shifts in 14 studios across the world. A testimonial for its accomplishment, the film has also won the National Film Award for best special effects. Achieving the unprecedented, the movie proved the expertise to create cinema at a global scale. The first to use Dolby 7.1 surround sound, RA.One raised the bar of excellence in Indian cinema.

Commenting on the programme, Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manger - South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, "Discovery Channel brings signature mix of compelling, high-end production programmes across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, in-depth and behind-the-scenes glimpses to entertain and inform its audiences. Taking viewers on a cinematic journey, the programme Revealed:

The Making of RA.One will captivate their fantasy about unique filming techniques."

Shah Rukh Khan expressed, "RA.One is a landmark film. It demonstrates the growing confidence and capability of the Indian talent to produce films of global benchmarks. I am happy that Discovery Channel will decode the path-breaking technology and never-seen-before concepts that were used to create RA.One. Viewers will able to appreciate the entire creative process from the closest distance possible. A must-watch for every Indian movie fan."

REVEALED: THE MAKING OF RA.ONE will lift the curtain off the science behind production of India?s much acclaimed science fiction film, revealing how this spectacular film has transformed into reality after crossing numerous obstacles. The programme will delve into the designing of highly stylised action sequences, special-effects, the look of the characters and the sets and will explain the challenges faced by VFX team while making the film.

The experts talk about their experiences through the process, discussing their reactions.

Director Anubhav Sinha said, "When I started working on the special effects of the film, I had the confidence that we have the talent to visualize it and to execute it. Discovery Channel?s programme attributes the genius and hard work that has gone behind creating one of the most technically advanced indigenous films."

Sharing his experience, sound designer <> Resul Pookutty said, "RA.One raised Bollywood?s bar in sound design by taking it to a whole new level.

Discovery Channel viewers will appreciate the significance of good sound as a key element in producing a good movie."

Having an amalgamation of the industry?s best from around the world, RA.One has amazing footage of science in action, stunning photography, realistic imagery and pioneering techniques. Discovery Channel?s programme will admire the visual effects and adulate the Director?s vision.

The programme will also give an overview of how the time was devoted to designing separate software for the characters and the objects. Designed by experts Robert Kurtzman and Tim Flattery, the superhero suits were further enhanced digitally to create an impact of electricity

passing through the suits look real. The challenges, to name a few, ranged from the painstaking time slicing procedure to make the protagonist and antagonist fight in mid-air, to a highly stylised car chase with a crash to a bus, to recreating a miniature CST collapsing into mere rumbles, to the elaborate cloning process to create the 10 avatars of RA.One, to the fight-till-death sequence in the gaming arena, never once compromising with quality. Designing of the antagonist?s face, a sequence where RA.One comes back to life through cube formation and takes the form of actor Arjun Rampal took over a year to produce. The entire team spent sleepless hours on re-creating images which looked real whether it?s the cars crashing or the train going out of control, bent on massive destruction.

Revealed: The Making of RA.One is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Discovery Channel.

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