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The Sun rose over the Amer Fort, Jaipur, and the mirrored ceilings of the palace cast strange, interesting patterns over its colorful tiles and frescoes. The palace was awake, abuzz with the impending visit of the Mughal King, Jalaluddin Muhammed Akbar. He climbs the fort, mounted on his white stallion, the entire scene a picture of gaiety, pomp, and aplomb. All around are sentries on mountain backs, civilians in their best finery, showering flower petals at their Sultan. Jodhaa glimpses his arrival through the jhoola of the palace windows.
The grandeur of the sets in Jodhaa Akbar [Source: Tumblr]
Let’s consider a more modern day example. Love is a universal concept, and Devdas is one her most celebrated icons. How can you show, in a completely novel, interesting way a story as old as time? This is where Sukant Panigrah, the Art Director of DevD comes in, with his contrasting hues and light play. Not one of his artistic scenes bows to conventional images of heartbreak, could Abhay Deol’s self-destruction and ‘emotional atyachaar’ be as poignant and relatable as it seems without this genius’s visual marvels?
Consider Haider. This Shakespeare adaption has been much abused since its first publication with quite a large bunch of adaptations on it. Shraddha Johri and Rupam Paul, as the art directors of this iconic movie, set the mood for Haider’s eventual mental degeneration in the first half with the calm representation of Kashmir, while all the while the feeling of calm before the storm lingers….until the storm does break, and boy-oh-boy, are we swept away! The tension and pathos of tangible in the very air Haider breathes, and it’s all down to the art director of this movie who raised the goosebumps on our skins.
Haider, his many hues and shades [Source: Tumblr]
Previously, Bollywood was marked as an industry that mocked authenticity and research when it came to set design, however, as film directors get more experimental, it has become the art directors job to deliver out of this world sets and props.
The work of an art director starts when they receive the script and final schedule, which they then analyze to identify all the props or special effects that they may require.
They also work across departments, for concerns such as computer-generated effects, or the use of vehicles and animals, with a location manager, or even the accountant to meet the budgetary concerns.
Author: Keerthana U
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