Odiyan’s visual effects handled by National award winning NY VFXWAALA team!
The expectations for Odiyan is getting bigger with each passing day. Last day, the teaser unveiling Mohanlal’s young and fit avatar took the internet by storm. The teaser is still trending virally across all social media platforms. The superstar was under a strict diet regime for over 50 days to reduce his weight and it is reported that he has shed around 18 kgs for the movie. In a monumental career extending over four decades, this is the is the first time Mohanlal is taking such an effort and that itself speaks volumes about his hopes on the movie.
Odiyan is arguably one of the most anticipated movies in South India. Scripted by National award winner Harikrishnan, Odiyan marks the debut directorial of renowned ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon. The movie deals with a very unique theme, which has rarely been experimented in Indian cinema.
It is primarily about Odividya, a black magic practice, and people who practice it, who are called odiyans. Since the film has several fantasy and magical realism elements, it has a lot of prominence for VFX and the makers have brought on board one of the country’s best available teams to handle the same.
NY VFXWAALA, headed by Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn, is taking care of the VFX works in Odiyan. Last year, they won the National Award for Best Visual Effects for their outstanding work in Shivaay, starring and directed by Ajay Devgn. They have been in the field for over two decades and and have worked in over 200 films in Bollywood alone. Some of their noted works include Force, Bajirao Mastaani, Dangal etc.
NY VFXWAALA is also one of the many VFX teams that worked in SS Rajamouli’s visual spectacle Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. In South, they have worked in movies like Theri and Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai. Odiyan is a very ambitious film and it is supposed to be one the challenging works for the NY VFXWAALA team.
Odiyan’s story is set in three different timelines starting from the pre-electricty days in the 1950s to 2000. Mohanlal is playing the role of Manikyan, who is said to be the last living odiyan in the world. Manikyan is someone who is mastered in Odividya. He is a fabulous athelete who can take any shape, can crawl and also run at high speed. The movie follows his life from his childhood to his 60s and hence Mohanlal will be appearing in multiple looks. He has now reduced his weight to play the younger part of Manikyan.
Odiyan has some other big names in the cast as well as the technical crew. Veteran actor Prakash Raj and Manju Warrier will be seen in prominent roles in the movie. Narain, Kailash, Sana Alathaf, Innocent and Siddique are also part of the supporting cast.
India’s leading stunt master Peter Hein is choreographing the action sequences. Pulimurugan’s cinematographer Shaji Kumar is wielding the camera and multiple National award winner Sreekar Prasad is handling the edits. M Jayachandran is composing the songs and Sam CS of Vikram Vedha fame is in charge of the background score. Mohanlal’s own production house Aashirvad Cinemas is funding this big budget venture.