VFX & Animation Studio Led By India’s Namit Malhotra Wins 7th Oscar For ‘Dune’

A significant award show in the entertainment industry worldwide, the 94th Academy Awards AKA Oscars 2022, was organized yesterday. And among the talented artists from across the globe who attended the coveted ceremony while some received accolades for their hard work was also an Indian who made us proud.

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Namit Malhotra is the chairman and CEO of DNEG, a London-based VFX and animation company that won the award for ‘Best Visual Effects’ for ‘Dune’ by director Denis Villeneuve at the Oscars 2022.

“Dune has set a new benchmark for what visual effects can mean for storytelling in cinema,” News18 quoted him saying.

“When I think that this is DNEG’s 7th Academy Award in the Visual Effects category, it gives me great pride as its CEO and Chairman, and as an Indian. I started out in this business from a garage in Mumbai and I had to start from scratch in Hollywood. Now I feel there is no barrier that we Indians cannot breach.”

The company is also credited for providing stellar visual effects in movies and shows like ‘Avengers Endgame’, ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Tenet’ among others, not to forget Indian movies like ‘RRR’, ‘Brahmastra’.

According to CNBCTC18, Namit has filmmaking in his blood. The son of Naresh Malhotra, a Bollywood producer, is also the grandson of MN Malhotra, a cinematographer.

Even though he is now leading a company that’s a powerhouse of talent, the third generation filmmaker had a humble start in his garage at Linking Road, Mumbai in 1995. Malhotra then formulated his first VFX company, Prime Focus in 1997 and bagged his first international project in 2006-07.

In 2014, Prime Focus merged with DNEG and was acquired by Malhotra in 2014. And ever since, they have won six awards with ‘Dune’ being their lucky seven.

Congratulations were in order for the Indian artist for bagging the coveted award.

“Trying to put India on the world map,” he was seen saying.

It’s always a proud moment to see Indians winning laurels in a foreign land.

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