A girl from Balasore Anuradha Behera has made Odisha proud doing a commendable job in the Oscar award winning film ‘Life of Pi’.
A member of 300-strong team of digital artistes, she worked hard to see her dream come true.
Anuradha, who hails from Mulananagar here is the production coordinator of Hyderabad based Animations Company Rhythm and Hues, which has modelled and textured all the main characters on the boat in the film. Life of Pi has won the awards in four categories including the visual effects segment.
“I am very proud to be a part of the team which made this possible. I am happy to make my family proud. They have supported me throughout. Now I am focusing on my next projects,” said the delighted Balasore girl.
Born to Madhusudan Behera and Meera, Anuradha has done her schooling from Delhi Public School and graduation in English (Honours) from Delhi University. Later after completing her PG Diploma in Radio and TV Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in New Delhi, she worked as an intern in Doordarshan and CNN-IBN.
She, however, shifted her base to Hyderabad almost two years back to work for Rhythm and Hues Studios after working for a couple of years in Asian News International (ANI), as a reporter and a producer for DD Kashmir.
“Visual effect was a completely different and new field for me. It was great experience working with such talented artistes. We had put in a lot of hard work for making the Life of Pi possible, we were very sure that our work will never go unnoticed,” she said.
Back home the family members and relatives are excited over the rare feat to their daughter. Locals also have lauded her efforts. “It is a celebration time in our home these days. She has us and our state proud,” said her father.
Anuradha, however, did not forget to thank her founder-director Saraswathi Balgam for giving her the opportunity besides appreciating the support of Visual Effects Supervisor Bill Westenhofer and Animation Director Erik De Boer.