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WEB DESK: Brad Pitt’s cheek and jaw structure, a nose that was shrunk down to size, lots of face tape, layers of make-up and the magical touch of VFX — these were just some of the tricks used to make Shah Rukh Khan look the part of Gaurav in Maneesh Sharma’s Fan.
The filmmakers shared a video on Tuesday that gives us a closer look into how SRK became Aryan Khanna’s biggest and creepiest fan for the movie.
Here’s what a difference VFX can make.
The VFX work on Fan was an indispensable part of the movie, and timing the shots of Shah Rukh Khan as Gaurav proved particularly challenging due to the fact that SRK’s face was digitally restructured to make the character look younger.
The actor also says that the night before the film’s first look was to release, the team was terribly anxious — would people think Gaurav looked too “fake” or not different enough from Aryan?
They all heaved a sigh of relief, however, when the mother of one of the VFX team members, who saw the first look, told them, “You’ve done good work, and you’ve got a great duplicate (for Shah Rukh) too!”
His chest and neck muscles were also dissolved.
Acting with the prosthetics proved to be even more challenging.
“The space between the silicone and your face fills up with sweat… it’s like a bag of water,” explains SRK adding, “You have to be very careful. You can’t touch it, you can’t scrape it.
Commenting on the efforts, Manu Anand said, “Working with the wonderful colourist Ken Metzger on Fan was a pleasure. His skill and talent helped me immensely during the grading to achieve the look I wanted.”
Sitting patiently through it all was Shah Rukh Khan. As he explains in the video, getting Gaurav’s look involved sitting through four-five hours, every day, while Greg and his team taped up his face, attached fillers to his eyebrows, inserted plumper in his mouth and applied layers of make-up over it all.
The team also had to ensure that despite the cheek fillers, Shah Rukh’s iconic dimples weren’t hidden!
To ensure a realistic grade that worked with the emotions and story, over 500 hundred hours were spent grading the VFX plates and fine-tuning the grade of the movie, Ken added.
Watch the full “making of Gaurav” video by YRF here:
With inputs from Hindustan Times