Backstage Pass -On Hrithik's trail

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Backstage Pass -On Hrithik's trail


Source: Mumbai Mirror 

Date: Aug 13, 2014 


Mirror peeks into the magic factory and introduces you to the wizards who craft your favourite silver screen moments Cutting the trailer of a Hrithik Roshan starrer isn't the easiest of tasks as every shot in the teaser needs his nod.The scenario wasn't any different for his latest outing Bang Bang, co-starring Katrina Kaif.And to ensure that there are no creative differences between the superstar, director, cast and crew, a team headed by brothers Binny and Ravi Padda who cut the promo, got involved in the project from the scripting stage. “We were shown the final draft of the script which gave us absolute clarity on the tonality and the scale of the film. In the first teaser which has received over 10 million hits online, the idea was to showcase the expanse of the film while retaining the viewers curiosity,“ says Binny, whose team of 20 conceptualised, supervised and executed the teaser. They worked on five versions of differing lengths, some running over two minutes, and presented all of them to director Siddharth Anand. Then the marketing team and cast saw them. Everybody gave their inputs which they fine-tuned to create one video which met with everyone's consent.Binny's team has previously worked on films as varied as Lagaan, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and more recently, 2 States. “My brief this time was to make Bang Bang look like a big Hollywood summer blockbuster which is high on action. The big challenge was that when we were cut ting the first trailer, filming was still going on in Prague, so we had excellent but limited footage to work with,“ explains Binny. Asked why the teaser begins with the clichéd countdown, he reveals that it is part of an extend ed, crucial sequence.Another highlight that comes with an adrenaline rush is when out of nowhere, a F1 car zooms into the middle of a busy street.“We had planned to use that shot in a later promo but Hrithik insisted, confident that it would have the viewer's pulse racing.The result is stunning,“ Binny exults. He adds that Hrithik, like Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan, is involved with every aspect of the film. “His commitment is amazing and his judgement on what shots to retain and what to save for later is impeccable,“ he raves.There's been some criticism about Katrina being sidelined in the first teaser but Binny insists that everybody was focussed on the “greater good.“ So Kat didn't feel left out? “Well, there's a possi bility that she felt overshadowed by Hrithik's action sequences,“ he admits, and quickly adds,“But she knew that this is only a teaser. She features prominently in the campaign that's about to kickoff.“