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India’s first high definition feature film at Cannes

India’s first high definition feature film at Cannes
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First Published: Wed, May 30 2007. 05 01 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 30 2007. 05 01 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Hindi film ‘Dharam´ that had its worldwide premiere at the Cannes Film Festival recently claims the honour of being the first in the country to have been shot exclusively on High Definition, a technology that might herald a new chapter for Indian cinema, with its capacity to cut costs and counter piracy.
“This is the first time a full-length Bollywood film has been shot entirely using Hi-Definition technology,” says S Nallamuthu, the film’s Photography Director.
With a storyline revolving around religion and starring the husband-wife duo of Pankaj Kapoor and Supriya Pathak, the film was shown in the closing section of the international film festival under the ‘Cinemas of the World´ section.
“The film was selected at Cannes because it was of international technical quality, Nallamuthu, or ‘Nalla´ to his friends, told PTI.
High-end video camera is an expensive camera and not easily available in India, says Nallamuthu adding that the technology is new in the country and there are only very limited facilities available for post-production and conversion.
“Most international channels such as National Geographic and Discovery programmes are done using the Hi Definition format,” he says.
The technology can drastically cut down costs and act as an effective counter for piracy. “The entire film has been shot on video format and everything done on the camera itself. You can see the colour and quality of the film has been adjusted on the camera thus minimizing the need for retakes.”
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First Published: Wed, May 30 2007. 05 01 PM IST
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