Sholay: Karnataka tourism to bring film scenes to life using 3D virtual reality technology
Cult Bollywood film Sholay's backdrop Ramnagar won't just be a fictional village anymore. The Karnataka tourism department has announced plans to create a virtual reality village where fans of the film can experience scenes from it.
Estimated to be built in Ramadevara Betta in Ramanagaram district, where Sholay was shot, this reality village will be spread over 42,184 sq. feet and will cost roughly 7.5 crore rupees. The project will bring to life scenes and characters using three-dimensional printing and virtual reality technology, with the help of audio and visual equipment, multiple screens, virtual-reality headsets, goggles and laser-disc based systems.
Permanent exhibits in this village include the tank from which Dharmendra's Veeru threatened to commit suicide and the carriage that Basanti, played by Hema Malini, rode.
Speaking to The Hindu, a senior official at the Department of Tourism said that visitors could perform role play and say the dialogues with the characters, who will "come alive". "When Thakur says 'Yeh haath nahi…, phaansi ka phanda hai,' the visitors can immediately mimic the dialogue that follows, and chorus 'Yeh Haath Humko De De Thakur'," he said.
Currently, the Ramanagaram district administration is looking to partner with Sippy Productions, whicg created the film, to make 'Sholay-the 3-D Virtual Reality Village' a public-private partnership model. If not, the government will launch the project independently by September.