The release of Puli was much-awaited, not just because it was a big budget film (its production budget was said to be around INR 120 crore) to hit Tamil cinema screens after a long time, or because Sridevi was appearing in her first Tamil language film after 29 years. It was because this Chimbu Devan-movie packed a wallop of visual effects by veteran RC Kamalakannan.
The entire castle, even Sridevi’s hourglass silhouette was crafted by VFX. Kamalakannan and the director had initially planned to merge 2,600 scenes with graphics, but later brought it down to 2,200 scenes. Given Puli’s mammoth scale and tight schedule, Kamalakannan collaborated with around 160 freelance animators in Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Netherlands, Iran as well as studios in Chennai and Bangalore, splitting the work into smaller portions to ensure it got done faster.
Having worked with companies like Makuta VFX and Prasad EFX, Kamalakannan has won two National Awards. He is currently working with SS Rajamouli on Bahubali – The Conclusion and we can hope to witness his skill in fusing VFX adeptly into the movie’s scenes so well that a viewer can barely discern where reality and technology coalesce.