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Magic of 3D

MAGIC AND 3D is in the air as these women give the final touches to these `cooling glasses' that will bring the movie, `Magic Magic' to them, in all dimensions. Thirtyfive of them, mostly women and a handful of men, are busy making the glasses that will enable viewers to watch Navodaya's `Magic, Magic', to be released in the first week of April all over India. At Kalamassery, in a makeshift `factory,' they cut out the imported Polaroid film and fit them on to the frames. Ten lakhs of them have already been made and transported to all parts of India, where the movie is to be released.

Magic of 3D

This `factory' will last some time after the movie is released as the life of these special glasses is just a week. At every cinema where the movie is released, eight workers will have to be deployed to clean the glasses after every show. (never mind if you are a bespectacled lad or lass, for these glasses can be worn over them).

Magic of 3D

And they are all the same size, so it's the same kind for kids and adults. They can be adjusted, their makers say. The Polaroid film can be cut only in A/C ambience, thus the mini `factory' is air conditioned. The cost of one pair works out to Rs 25.

Magic of 3D

Made in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu, `Magic Magic', directed by Jose, has little Suraj (Balaji's grandson and Mohanlal's nephew) playing the lead. S. P Balasubramaniam plays his grandpa. The V.V.I.Ps of the movie are a pack of very intelligent dogs, led by Berkley of `American Beauty' fame.

It can be shown on silver coated screens only. So, every theatre screening it will have to be supplied those special screens. My Dear Kuttichathan was the first 3D movie that Navodaya made years ago. The prohibitive cost and attendant extra work connected with 3D movies has made the technique quite unpopular in global cinema. In India, several forays have been made in the past but many failed. Kuttichathan, however, was a thumping success. Its makers hope the same `magic' will work again!

P.M.

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