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‘My dear Kuttichattan’ to ‘Action’, 3-D films are in!

‘My dear Kuttichattan’ (Malayalam) released in 1984 was the first 3-D film to hit the screens in India.– Photo: Special Arrangement  

When the first 3-D (three-dimensional) movie hit the screens down South in God’s Own Country and elsewhere in India in 1984, eyebrows were raised – in amazement, out of curiosity; some questioned the need for special glasses to watch it on the screen.

However, it did not take ‘My dear Kuttichattan’, (Malayalam) to prove critics and detractors wrong. It marked the dawn of a new era, one that promised a much better viewing experience. Dubbed versions were soon made and released – ‘Chota Chetan’ (Hindi) and ‘Chinnari Chetan’ (Telugu) to name a few. Adding a few sequences and leveraging the latest technology, another version was released in 1997 and a digitally re-mastered adaptation hit the screens in 2011.

With ‘My dear …’ having shown the way, filmmakers kept trying to come out with 3-D products off and on but none of them even came a close second to this Malayalam film.

Movie buffs in India were forced to be content with Hollywood blockbusters that hit the Indian screens with amazing regularity. Well, closer home, it has been accepted that Hyderabad is so IT-savvy that it is the preferred destination for filmmakers wishing to add value to their products, using special effects like digital intermediary and colour correction techniques.

To cite recent phenomena, the tremendously-popular Vaaraahi creation ‘Eega’ directed by S.S. Rajamouli has been much-talked-about - first about it being the first, full-length live action animation feature film and second, about when its going to converted to 3-D. ‘Eega’ presenter and filmmaker D. Suresh Babu says that the 3-D version will be released in Hindi around October this year.

Interestingly, Telugu tinseltown makes the second largest number of movies in the country has got ongoing projects.

The first is the Allari ‘Sudigaadu’ Naresh-shatter ‘Action’ being produced and directed by Anil Sunkara who co-produced the blockbuster ‘Dookudu’ last year and the second is ‘Om’ directed by Sunil Reddy, with Nandamuri Kalyan Ram and Kriti Kharbanda in the lead. Both these films will release this year, marking a new chapter in Telugu films.

Suresh Krishnamoorthy