The chief chief visual effects supervisor on Ragini MMS 2 Krishnakant Mishra says, “My brief was to create something eerie but not gory. That was the challenge. It meant not just playing on a physical level but more on a psychological one,”
Krishnakant also insists that he consciously stayed away from watching any horror films for the two months he was working on the film. “Before coming on board, my team presented the concept artwork and worked on 3D images. They were instantly approved as the visuals were true to the film’s script and its subject,” Mishra points out.
“And later, although I stayed clear of all horror flicks, subconsciously I had the atmospherics of the Daniel Radcliffe-starrer The Woman in Black in mind,” he reveals.
And what about Sunny Leone’s ghostly avatar-a look which has been a closely-guarded secret of the makers? “All I can say is that she hasn’t been made to look scary in a repulsive way. She’s eerie and creepy. I briefed her on how to emote and that helped me during the VFX process,” he maintains.
What was the coordination between the director, producer and the VFX specialist? “I kept Bhushan in loop throughout. At times, we made several changes – as many as 10 over a particular shot – till the desired result was achieved,” he admits.
The team was also very clear that they were not making a nauseatingly gory film. The idea was to create fear on a mental level. “We see so many zombie films which are full of blood and gore. And after a point, people stop getting scared as the fear gets a distinct face. We didn’t want to go in that zone with Ragini MMS 2 and so we’ve kept the treatment minimalistic,” says Mishra.
He had almost 40 artistes from FutureWorks working on the project. And apart from the dramatic visuals, the team also worked on creating the right sounds. “Right from the heavy breathing to controlled shrieking, the process was closely monitored. On last count, I can say we worked on about 900 shots,” he signs off.