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Sanjay Dutt's Kartoos and baby steps towards CGI


Director Mahesh Bhatt’s 1999 action thriller Kartoos holds the distinction of being the first Hindi film to have used CGI technology extensively in the song 'Teri Yaad'.

Sukhpreet Kahlon

Technology has come a long way in Hindi cinema. In the wake of the success of SS Rajamouli’s period drama Baahubali films, which have extensively used CGI and VFX technology, we take a look at the humble beginnings of CGI technology in Hindi films.

Many cine lovers may not remember director Mahesh Bhatt’s 1999 action thriller Kartoos starring Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala, but the film holds the distinction of being the first Hindi film to have used CGI technology extensively in the song 'Teri Yaad'.

Sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Udit Narayan, it was directed by Ken Ghosh, the ace director known for his music videos like Baba Sehgal’s 'Dil Dhadake', Alisha Chinai’s 'Made in India', and the iconic remix of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s 'Afreen Afreen' featuring Lisa Ray.

The 1990s was an important decade in the industry when several technological advancements took place. Changes in sound and music technology, cinematography; and advanced special effects led to various experimentations in film form and 'Teri Yaad', which took about eight months to finish and was made on a whopping budget of Rs1 crore, used graphics that were way ahead of its time.

The fantasy song features the Taj Mahal as a backdrop and includes helicopters, demons, Koirala in a transparent ghostly avatar, and Dutt dancing alongside masked men.

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