Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar scooped the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects surpassing some of the biggest titles of 2014. The workforce behind the visual was done by a production company named Prime Focus, founded and owned by India-born Namit Malhotra.
As Quartz points out, Malhotra founded his company in Mumbai in his father’s garage. It wasn’t until 1995 that he managed to open an editing studio, which would years later become Prime Focus. He moved to Los Angeles five years ago.
Interstellar received raving reviews for the visual graphics and 3D effects used in the movie. The movie depicts a number of visualization for foreign planets. It also shows off the black hole and wormhole, which as several scientists claim, are the best depictions of the two scientific phenomenons till date.
That’s our first Oscar for the Prime Focus group to see the achievement of double negative to get this well deserved recognition.
— namitmalhotra (@malhotra_namit) February 23, 2015
A subsidiary of Malhotra’s Prime Focus recently was merged with Double Negative, a London-based VFX studio. Over 80 percent of the company, however, is still held by Prime Focus. Reliance MediaWorks put Rs 120 crore to buy a 30.2% stake in the merger. In a 2011 interview, Malhotra said that his aim, when he started the production company was “to find a bridge between Bollywood and technology because our industry did not really use technology as easily as you saw in Hollywood.” Malhotra has also contributed in a number of Bollywood movies including Rockstar, Agent Vinod, Aashiqui 2, Oh My God, and Cocktail among others. However, he is best known for contributions in movies like Avatar, Gravity, Shrek, Tron: Legacy and others. Both Avtar and Gravity won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects.
His company has also contributed in Tree of Life, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Hugo among others.
— NASA (@NASA) February 23, 2015