Mumbai: You don't really need to fly all the way to Malaysia to take a picture against the Petronas Towers.
With green screen and some competent computer generated effects, any shot can be made to look like the real deal.
The visual effects team at Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment are the guys responsible for designing the effects for King Khan's home productions Main Hoon Na and Paheli.
Since then, it's been a string of ad-films produced by Red Chillies, and of course, their own personal favourite project, Farhan Akhtar's Don.
"The scene when Boman (Irani) comes out of a manhole is all created on CG, so that Farhan (Akhtar) didn’t have to dig up a manhole in Malaysia. Effects become a great tool for the director," said Creative Head, Red Chillies VFX, Arjun Mitra.
Visual effects isn't exactly a new concept in Bollywood but its use in Hindi movies has transcended traditional requirements - no more is it all about recreating popular Hollywood fight scenes and dare-devil stunts.
Today, filmmakers and VFX studios strive to blend CG seamlessly into the film's screenplay.
"In Rang De Basanti, each shot with the planes like the boys jumping up to the jets are effects-based. That way, we saved loads of time and it’s an effective tool," said filmmaker Rakeysh Mehra.
What is still to come, however, is a Bollywood flick that will capitalize on visual effects to the utmost but with films like the multi-crore budget Mahabharata in the offing, we may not have to wait too long after all.
As for the VFX team at Red Chillies, perhaps their next big assignment can involve Shah Rukh floating into his quizmaster's seat on the KBC set, rather than walking into the set.