ReDefining India’s Football Legacy in Amit Sharma’s Maidaan

In the heart of cinematic magic lies an intricate dance between reality and imagination, and nowhere is this more evident than in the awe-inspiring visual effects of Maidaan. As ReDefine proudly unveils its behind-the-scenes journey, the curtain rises on a tale of perseverance, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

A Visionary Undertaking:

Embarking on the journey of Maidaan, ReDefine faced a monumental challenge – to transport audiences nearly seven decades back in time. With a staggering VFX shot count of 1598 and a dedicated team of 1500, the stage was set for an epic cinematic spectacle.

Convincing the Skeptics:

When the project began, skepticism lingered in the air like a stubborn shadow due to the ambitious shot count. However, the tides turned as we unveiled our prowess in intricate visual effects to the director. Suddenly, the impossible seemed within reach, as the director, Amit Sharma recognized that ReDefine could handle such a Herculean task.

Breathing Life into History:

Capturing the essence of a bygone era demanded meticulous attention to detail. From painstakingly recreating the 1952-1962 aesthetic to choreographing crowd reactions with surgical precision, every frame was infused with the spirit of authenticity.

Facing Adversity:

As the world grappled with the challenges of a global pandemic, ReDefine stood undeterred. Despite the odds, the team remained dedicated to the project, navigating the labyrinth of 2D rendering and hunting for the perfect plates to weave into the tapestry of Maidaan.

Meeting the Amit Sharma’s Vision:

The director’s uncompromising eye for detail pushed us to new heights of creativity. With a mandate to transport audiences back to the 1960s, every crowd, every player, every drop of sweat had to ring true to the spirit of the era. As Somesh Ghosh, VFX Supervisor at ReDefine Asia, aptly puts it,


“In the world of visual effects, authenticity is king. Our goal with Maidaan was not just to create stunning visuals, but to transport audiences back in time, to make them believe they were witnessing history unfold before their eyes.”

ReDefining India’s Football Legacy:

In a world where research materials were scarce, ReDefine’s ingenuity shone bright. With little to no reference points, we brought to life the aura of Coach S. K. Rahim and the essence of a bygone era, painting a canvas of nostalgia with each stroke of creativity. In the grand tapestry of Maidaan‘s visual splendor, ReDefine’s artistry shines brightest. From meticulously crafting seven stadiums reminiscent of 1952 to choreographing the ebb and flow of the crowd, every frame is a testament to our dedication to authenticity. With football fervor coursing through the veins of Calcutta’s streets, our patchwork of the city from 1952 breathes life into the very soul of the film. As the final whistle blows and the credits roll, Maidaan stands as a timeless testament to ReDefine’s mastery of visual storytelling.


ReDefine is definitely a great place to be. I have enjoyed every single day here, the work is truly rewarding. The teams share a great bond and that’s what makes it a great place to work.

Shilpa Bhanushali Head of Production (Animation)

We have top-of-line professionals who are not only creative, but also fun to work with. It has created a lot of possibilities for reinventing workflows.

François Schneider Global Creative Supervisor, North America

The people who form ReDefine have come from varied experiences and all have the potential to develop and deliver world-class projects.

Viral Thakkar Creative Director and VFX Supervisor India