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2.0 delayed thanks to VFX woes

THE ASIAN AGE. | SUBHASH K JHA
Published : Dec 9, 2017, 12:38 am IST
Updated : Dec 9, 2017, 6:41 am IST

The VFX company working on 2.0 has not delivered the scenes to the team on time.

Posters of '2.0.'
 Posters of '2.0.'

Here’s the real reason why 2.0, the Robot sequel has been delayed and postponed from January to April 2018: the special effects weren’t ready in time.

In fact, they still aren’t ready, and here’s why. The American VFX company (name withheld) which had taken on the Herculean task, has failed to deliver.

A key member of the 2.0 team spilled the beans, on condition of anonymity. “The VFX delivery has been gravely defaulted by a US company that took on the task of doing the entire special effects of out film. So, we had to pill out 1,000 shots from the film and send them off to 10 different VFX companies, a 100 shots to each! This meant a great deal of criminal delay. In fact, I’ll tell you the truth, they’ve cheated us, and we’re now planning to take legal action against them.”

The source adds that the legal process too is taking longer than expected, since the VFX company has declared itself bankrupt. “It’s a fraud pulled on us deliberately. Our producers, Lyca, are considering serious legal actions. It’s shocking that such a huge VFX company in the US, which has won Oscars for its work, pulled such a swindle on a relatively small Indian production house like ours, trying to excel in VFX. It feels like a sabotage,” the source exclaims.

Says the outraged member of the team of 2.0, “They call themselves first world, and us third world, and then this is what they do to us. They took 90 per cent of the payment in advance and then didn’t meet our deadline. When we worked on the rushes, we realised they hadn’t even done 50 per cent of our work. Now, we’re all working overtime to meet our new release deadline.”                             

Tags: 2.0, robot 2.0, vfx, akshay kumar
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