A few years back the most prophesy of the Indian Cinema, superstar Prabha’s ‘Bahubali’ franchise left the audience hypnotized with its never seen before visual extravaganza. Now similarly his upcoming Magnum Opus ‘Saaho’ is being keenly awaited as it is touted to be the most expensive Indian film so far. As per the teaser concern, it has given cinephiles a peek into the larger-than-life world envisioned by director Sujeeth, which apparently took two years and Rs 65 crore for production designer Sabu Cyril to create the universe of the Shraddha Kapoor-Prabhas starrer.
We have already witnessed the high-end action sequences from the glimpse of the movie trailer. To create a visual replica of the desert emirate, the makers bought National Award-winning production designer who took eight trips to Abu Dhabi. Prabhas was keen on roping in Sabu Cyril who had done a great job with Baahubali’s set. The director and Cyril designed a fictional city, modelled on Abu Dhabi just like the imagined Gotham city as in the Batman series. A source revealed, “Cyril and Sujeeth hand-picked a team of 300 artists, such as visual effects artistes and digital compositors, for the task. With the skyline of the UAE capital serving as the blueprint, Cyril and the VFX team gave it a futuristic spin by way of spiral-designed high rises and neo-futurist architectural structures. The interiors were built from scratch by Cyril himself in Hyderabad.”
Director Sujeeth had it all for bringing the best international technicians on board. “Special effects supervisor Danilo Bollettini, who has previously worked on Wonder Woman (2017) and Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015), is attached to the project. VFX supervisor Kamalakannan and his 20-member team were specially engaged in at Prabhas’ behest. The production itself has cost Rs 65 crore.”
Excited about his latest creation, Production designer Sabu Cyril says, “Our movies have never seen something like this. We recreated this set-up in Abu Dhabi because of geographical availability and advantages in a bigger space. It took us a lot of time, but we needed it to be as close to perfection and believability as possible.”
From skyscrapers to unique action sequences, Saaho is one of the biggest motion pictures which has been made on a massive scale, starring Prabhas. Paired with Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously. The movie additionally has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others.
While to delivering the fantastic impression on the audience, ‘Saaho’ is a high octane action thriller which is introduced with the aid of T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 30, 2019.