The acclaimed director of films such as ‘A Wednesday’, ‘Special 26’ and ‘Baby’, Neeraj Pandey is once again back at the helm with his first biographical film ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’. Based on the life of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role, the biopic traces the life of Dhoni from his days as a young athlete and railway ticket collector all the way through to his incredible success as the captain of the Indian national cricket team. We are proud to have delivered a full suite of VFX, DI & equipment rental services for the movie.
Of the many VFX shots delivered for ‘M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story’, we predominantly worked on 250 complex shots requiring head and body replacements to create a skinny version of Sushant Singh Rajput as the teenage Dhoni. Another challenge the team undertook was matching the head size, posture and body frame of Sushant to Dhoni’s on live broadcast footage of the various cricket matches featured in the film, which entailed months of planning, preparation and extensive VFX. A production team of 120 artists worked on the project for 90 days to deliver a total of 910 VFX shots for ‘M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story’.
We also contributed DI services for the movie. Sophisticated grading techniques were used to seamlessly integrate face and body replacements into the live footage of the cricket match, placing Sushant against the backdrop and surroundings of the World Cup 2011 Final.
In addition to VFX & DI, Prime Focus’ equipment rental division also provided the primary Arri Alexa XT camera along with Angenieux Optimo Zoom lens for the shoot.
Produced by Arun Pandey and Fox Star Studios, ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ released worldwide on 30th September and is having a sensational run at the Indian Box Office. With a collection of over ₹ 66 crore in just 3 days, M.S. Dhoni has recorded the second highest opening weekend of 2016.
Project – M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story
Production House – Fox Star Studios
Director – Neeraj Pandey
Producer – Arun Pandey
Starring – Sushant Singh Rajput, Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, Bhumika Chawla, Anupam Kher.
VFX Supervisor: Keith Devlin
VP, VFX Production: Shome Dasgupta
VFX Producer: Shadab Mujawar
Line Producer: Bhawana Vijay, Nasir Khan, Kalpesh Shetty
Associate VFX Supervisor: Sandesh Gawali
Compositing Lead: Tuhin Rana, Debabrata Maity, Prashant Nair, Suryaji Suryavanshi, Madhu Manala, Amit Kambli, Somesh Ghosh
2D Lead: Amit Kumar
CG Supervisor: Yogendra Tonke
VFX Department Manager: Amol Dani (RPM), Wasim Sheikh (CG)
Head of Production, DI – Nirmal Gala
Colorist – Ashirwad Hadkar
Producer, Digital Intermediate – Tanya Maheshwari