Biju Dhanapalan

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Biju Dhanapalan or Biju D, as he is popularly known, is one of the pioneers of visual effects in the Indian film industry. After obtaining a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he went onto study Product Design at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. Here, he accidentally stumbled upon the magic of graphics and animation. This trans-disciplinary training and expertise helped him in his career spanning two decades. Biju has also been involved in stereoscopic projects across varied media. Starting his career as a visual effects supervisor in 1997, Biju D has delivered visual effects for more than 100 feature films and leads a team of visualisers, animation and compositing artistes. Some of the major feature films featuring his visual effects magic include Dumkata, Johnny Gaddar, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Naina, Pinocchio, Yakeen, Hawa, Cape Karma and many more. Recently, he has joined hands with Frameboxx Animation & Visual effects for a project-based visual effects course that leverages upon Frameboxx’s Incubation Facility at Mumbai. The two-month full-time course is aimed at creating production-ready visual effects artists in India.