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VFX breakdown of Mirzya

Published on October 17, 2016, by in Filmmaking, VFX.

Mirzya opened last week to mixed reviews. But one thing that no one could deny was the sheer brilliance of the VFX & production design team. The movie recreated the legend of Mirza-Sahiban, and each frame was pure delight to watch. We look at the VFX breakdown of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s new adventure.

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The story

Mirzya is an epic love story set in Rajasthan. As mentioned, it is inspired by the legend of Mirza-Sahiban, a tale of two lovers, played out in two timelines – real & mythical. Their trials & tribulations form the crux of the story.

VFX breakdown of Mirzya

Ideation

Mehra got one of the best VFX teams to shoot this fantastical love story. He worked hard for three years, along with the actors, to create this film. The actors did their part too as they were rigorously trained in horse riding, mounted archery, and polo.

VFX breakdown of Mirzya

The team

The best from the national & international industry worked as part of the VFX team, including the one responsible for movies like Life of Pi, Cars, and Tron Legacy. If that wasn’t enough, Polish cinematographer, Pawel Michal Dyllus, known to hardly ever step out of his country, made an exception for Mirziya, and was the director of photography for the film.

VFX breakdown of Mirzya

Chase sequence

A special mention needs to be made for the night safari sequence in the film. It was high on action, and is considered to be one of the most crucial scenes in the movie. While there are no body doubles in these sequences, there were BHIM App Download over 30 horses along with trained riders from Poland chasing the lead pair. In all this, the back drops were touched to perfection.

A big applause to the VFX designers who make you believe that it was all set in an era long before our own. From the smoke to the flames in the air, the makers have ensured the scenes look as real as possible.

VFX breakdown of Mirzya

Locations

The locations for the shoot include the top notch palaces of Udaipur – Shiv Niwas Palace, Jag Mandir Palace, and Shikharbadi Palace. The production design was handled by Acropolis, of Guzaarish & Bhaag Milkha Bhaag fame, and the team visited nearly 50 palaces before deciding on the palaces.

VFX breakdown of Mirzya

What was your favourite VFX moment of the movie? Tell us in the comments below.

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