Gehana Vasisth to star in India’s first historical Bollywood 4D film Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj 4D


Bhopal-born, Mumbai-based model and actress Gehana Vasisth will be seen in India’s first mainline Bollywood 4D historical action film titled “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj 4D”. This film was announced in the year 2014 with a different name by Pune-based Ganesh Saraswati Films, but was shelved due to lack of interest from financers and mainly due to technical glitches and technological issues in the shooting of 4D cinematography.

Gehana Vasisth’s character in the film has not yet been announced, though she is expected to play the little known wife of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, sources familiar with developments said.

The film “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj” has a budget of Rs 260 crore for its making and will be shot pre-dominantly in Maharashtra, but will also have schedules in Andhra Pradesh and other parts of South India. The film will go on floors in January 2018 and will take approximately 6 to 8 months to complete, say sources. The film also has a mention of the Nizam of Hyderabad and a huge set is being planned on the outskirts of Hyderabad to replicate an old 17th century fort.

“The film covers a historical era and will portray the historical chronology of events in the late 16 and early 17th century in Maharashtra and south India. Maharashtra was ruled by the Mughals till the early 17th century after which the Marathas were the predominant power in the region. The film will portray the rule of the Nizamshahi of Ahmadnagar, Adilshah of Bijapur and the Qutubshah of Golkonda as well as the emergence of the Maratha kingdom in the mid 17th century as seen by British soldiers. It also covers the death of the last Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707 after an exhausting 27 years of futile war against the emerging Maratha power.”

The film is produced by a Pune-based production house Ganesh Saraswati Films and will be directed by a well-known director from the south V A Ganesh Kumar. Ganesh Saraswati Films (GSF) is a tie-up between V A Ganesh Kumar and Anand Saraswati Films, said a spokesperson for GSF. It will be distributed internationally by the Chennai-based distributor and film maker Vrindaavan Films.

4D films combine a 3D film with additional physical effects that occur in a  specially designed and constructed theatre in synchronization with the film. 4D films are not actually four-dimensional in the geometric sense of the word. Because physical effects can be expensive to install, 4D films are most often presented in custom-built specialty theaters at special venues such as theme parks and amusement parks or malls. However, some movie theaters have the ability to present 4D versions of wide-release 3D films. The films Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), and Avatar (2009) are among the films that have received a 4D treatment in certain theaters. Effects simulated in a 4D film may include rain, wind, strobe lights, and vibration. Seats in 4D venues may vibrate or move a few inches during the presentations. Other common chair effects include air jets, water sprays, and leg and back ticklers. Hall effects may include smoke, rain, lightning, air bubbles, and special smells or aromas.

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