Monday, April 30, 2012

NIDians made 'Gangs of Wasseypur' look realistic

AHMEDABAD: As the Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap's film 'Gangs of Wasseypur' goes to Cannes International Film Festival this year in May, there is a good reason for a group of NID graduates to rejoice.

They have lent a big hand in making the bloodcurdling scenes of the gangster fights in the film as real as it can get. It was a startup firm called 'Dirty Hands' in Ahmedabad started by NID graduates Rajiv Subba and Mamta Gautam who made the realistic severed heads, severed hands, artificial bellies for mimicking pregnancy and even full artificial bodies from silicon for the film.

Managing director at Dirty Hands, Zuby Johal who is also an NID alumnus said, "Gangs... is the first film for which we have made silicon prosthetics. We approached Kashyap in his office and showed him our samples which grabbed his interest and gave us the project." The film has been selected under the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes International Film Festival.

Following the project with 'Gangs of Wasseypur', however, Bollywood film producers are now making a beeline for life like prosthetic limbs, masks and human bodies made of silicon by these NID graduates.

Dirty Hands is making silicon prosthetics for various other films like Mahesh Bhatt's 'Raj' which is expected to be launched around August this year, Anurag Kashyap's 'Michael' which was chosen for Toronto International Film Festival 2011 and a film on infanticide by High Tide Communication.

"There are more films projects for which we are in talks. After the experience with corking with various directors, we are seeing that there is a need for us to provide the service in a complete package, which includes not only providing the prosthetics and props but also digital special effects. And we will be doing that very soon," said Johal.

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