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Shadow designs tell a tale

By Shivendra Urs | MAR 2017

SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Bahubali has garnered attention right across the globe. ‘Why Katappa killed Bahubali?’ has become a million dollar question. While movie buffs are eagerly waiting for the sequel Bahubali-The Conclusion to know the answer, Bhaskar Raju, a freelance designer based in Bengaluru has caught the eye of Team Bahubali through his designing capabilities.

Equipped with a BSc degree in Animation and VFX, Bhaskar is a designer by profession who takes up freelance work. He aims to tell a story with a picture and seeks to satisfy his creative urge by experimenting with his designs.

“Though I work for reputed companies and people, I felt that I had to do more to derive creative satisfaction. I have to design and deliver based on the specifications of my client, and there was no room for experimentation.

I don’t want to be just another designer” he says. Bhaskar has a Facebook page called ‘Shadow Tales’ where he uploads poster designs of movies which reveals the whole storyline of the movie. “In a single line, Shadow Tales is all about showing the main concept of the movie by using shadows and a few important elements in the movie.

If you watch the movie and see my poster, you will immediately get connected to the design,” he says. His design for Bahubali has won the ‘#ThursdaysBahubali’ competition conducted by team Bahubali.

The competition, conducted on social media by the makers of the movie, encouraged designers to come up with their own take on the movie. On winning the competition, Bhaskar says it was like a dream coming true.

“Before uploading the message to partake in the contest, I hoped and prayed for it to catch the attention of the makers. But when I was declared the winner, my joy knew no bounds,” he mentions.

Bhaskar has received a certificate from Team Bahubali, appreciating his efforts and lauding his unique talent. He had also created a design for noted Telugu actor Nani’s movie Gentleman which was noticed by the actor.

Impressed by Bhaskar’s designing prowess, the actor shared the poster created by Bhaskar on his Facebook page. Having quit a well paid job, he was all set to be part of a start-up along with his friends but the decision made him face challenges that he least expected.

“We floated a designing studio and were successful in our attempt. We were planning to open an office too but misunderstandings crept up and we parted ways,” he says. Not one to give up, Bhaskar decided to work as a freelancer.

Being appreciated by the likes of SS Rajamouli and Nani, Bhaskar has received the much needed push. “My clientele includes people from Bengaluru, Hyderabad and abroad.

It’s a great high when my designs get appreciated by reputed people. I feel, the trying times I faced in life have made me work harder to prove myself,” he adds.

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