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How Prime Focus enhanced the drama in Salman Khan's blockbuster Dabangg 2 using special effects

While Salman Khan enthralled his fans with amazing action stunts in Arbaaz Khan's blockbuster Dabangg 2, Prime Focus is responsible for adding visual effects to more than 950 shots along with providing Digital Intermediate (DI) to enhance the look of the film. "It is a Salman Khan film, after all, and Arbaaz (Khan, the director) wanted to ensure that the visual effects added drama to this film," says Merzin Tavaria, the co-founder and chief creative director at the studio.

A team of 150 artists headed by senior VFX supervisor, Reupal Rawal, worked for over two months to provide visual effects to some of the most prominent sequences for the film including Khan's introductory scene, Dabangg reloaded song, the dhaba action sequence as well as a seamless transition shot using graphically created rose petals for Dagabaaz re song.

Impactful entry

The introductory sequence features the actor entering a jeep, breaking the brick wall and then finally landing on a car, making for a dramatic entry. "The introductory shot had to be a reminder of the prequel. When Salman lands on the car, we had to enhance the impact of shattering glass using computer graphics," says Tavaria. To add more stylisation, the studio designed a time-slice sequence involving the actor hanging on a pole, circling it 360 degrees before hitting the goons. The scene was designed using around a 48 camera set-up so that all the angles could be captured and later enhanced using special effects.

Guns and roses

One of the most challenging sequences in terms of VFX was the dhaba action sequence where the artists created a realistic cylinder blast. "We also had to create the roof of the dhaba using computer graphics, because for lighting purposes, the sequence was shot without the use of roof," says Taveria.

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