Seen This? The Great Gatsby Special Effects Breakdown

first_imgGo behind the scenes of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and see how the special effects were shot on set and created in post.Director Baz Luhrmann is known for his over the top cinematic style, with lavish sets, costumes and effects (see: Romeo & Juliet, Australia and Moulin Rouge). It’s no surprise then when he took on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic “The Great Gatsby” for his latest film, that the visual effects were done on an equally impressive scale. Despite the film garnering ho-hum reviews by many critics, one thing most can agree on is that the film’s visual effects are world class.In the following video Chris Godfrey, the visual effects supervisor on the film, pulls back the curtain on the film’s special effects.  The film was shot in 3D on RED camera rigs with extensive chroma key and matte painting work done in post (using Nuke for VFX and 3D work using Maya). In total over 1500 special effects shots were created for the film.This Great Gatsby VFX breakdown is creative inspiration for anyone interested in the detailed and painstaking work that goes into creating realistic special effects!  Thanks for sharing, Chris!last_img read more

India, the Best Customer for America’s Defense Industry

first_imgIndia is now the largest defense market for America’s defense industry, and its appetite for U.S.-made military gear is likely to get even stronger Related Itemslast_img

Success Story or Struggle? Portraying Indians in US

first_imgAs the Smithsonian portrays the Indian-American experience for the first time, organizers have faced hard questions about how to portray a diverse – and occasionally argumentative – community of nearly three million people. Related Itemslast_img

Never Say Goodbye Hello, Big Bucks

first_imgWell, the waiting is over. Karan Johar’s much anticipated Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Never Say Goodbye) has finally hit the big screens. KANK, as it is known in Bollywood lingo, has probably had more written about it than any other movie due to its stupendous cast. Both Bachchans – Amitabh and Abhishek  – King Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerjee and even some glimpses of star guests such as Kajol who is Johar’s lucky mascot. When all of them are on the screen together you get sooo star-struck you just don’t know where to look!While the movie has received mixed reviews and the storyline of infidelity and broken marriages never really touches the heart, KANK is a visual feast. All those beautiful, beautiful people and their combined superpower make for some super viewing. The cinematography is great with lush locales and gorgeous Manish Malhotra outfits that change by the minute.For Indian Americans, the movie will hold special appeal. It is about them, NRIs living in New York. All of the stars play characters that live and work in the Big Apple, which really shines in the movie and India is a faraway place that is hardly mentioned. Of course, none of us NRIs have huge color-coordinated wardrobes and aren’t given to singing at the drop of a hat, but wouldn’t we all like to do that!  Over 4,000 locals were used for KANK so now Johar is providing employment opportunities to New Yorkers!Not surprisingly, KANK spells big bucks, and theaters have been sold out before the movie even opened. According to Gitesh Pandya of Box, KANK set a new opening weekend record for Bollywood films in North America with $1.4M from 64 locations for a $21,122 average, and the movie scored the best per-theater average of any film in the Top 40 in the United States.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Madras High Court Orders Cognizant to Pay $75 Million in Tax Dispute Case

first_imgThe Madras High Court ordered Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) on April 3 to pay 15 per cent of the disputed tax amount in a case involving the Income Tax department in the next two days.The court ordered unfreezing Cognizant’s account with JP Morgan in Mumbai, but its other accounts will still remain frozen. The New Jersey-based tech company is embroiled in a Rs 2,800 crore tax dispute with the Indian I-T department.A sum of $75 million (Rs 4.9 billion) i.e. 15 per cent of the disputed amount will be transferred by Cognizant to a suspense account by the I-T Department while the remainder will be marked under lien. The court will hear about I-T department’s collection actions after Cognizant’s request on April 18, according to Business Today.“Our operations remain unaffected,” Karen McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer, Cognizant, said, adding, “This dispute is with respect to a lawful, fully reviewed and disclosed transaction, and we are pleased with today’s decision that restores appropriate due process. Cognizant is committed to complying with the law in all jurisdictions in which we operate, and we will continue our defense against the assertions of the Indian Income Tax Department in this and other tax disputes.”In May 2016, Cognizant purchased its own shares from the two subsidiaries under the scheme of arrangement and compromise between them and the company. The I-T department is prosecuting Cognizant for not paying 20 per cent Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT) on buyback of its shares.“The underlying dispute involves the Indian Income Tax Department’s recent assertion that it is owed additional taxes in connection with a 2016 $2.8 billion share buyback transaction undertaken by Cognizant’s principal operating subsidiary in India. In that transaction, undertaken pursuant to a plan approved by the Madras High Court, Cognizant paid approximately $135 million (Rs 9 billion) in Indian income taxes, which it believes are all applicable taxes owed according to Indian law,” the company said in a statement.The income tax department froze some accounts of Cognizant to recover Rs 2,800 crore in March 2018 and the company took the I-T department to court over  the same on March 28. The court told the income tax department to not take any further action and file an affidavit defending its move by April 2.“It basically circles around their argument that the arrangement approved by the high court excludes any applicability of dividend distribution tax, while our argument is that is a clandestine arrangement done without knowledge of the tax department,” Additional Solicitor General G Raja Gopalan, appearing on the behalf of the tax department, told the Economic Times. Related ItemsCognizantincome tax departmentmadras high courtlast_img read more

Waking Up in Vegas

first_imgAdmit it. You have dreamt of at least one holiday in a lifetime, the memories of which talk in unabashed whispers. A travel memoir, that is impulsive, reckless, even chaotic, but brings back a cheery, infectious energy.Las Vegas, the flashy, fast-paced, entertainment capital of the world seems to be plotted with extreme precision to fit this fantasy. Part wonderland, part hedonistic hideaway, for long the lascivious Shangri-la of the West, it is wooing a large number of Indian visitors.Situated in the semi-arid state of Nevada, Vegas belies its geography to give visitors a taste of extreme indulgence. Travel trend watchers say it is this shimmering image that is beginning to attract the luxe travel segment from India.According to visitor data and statistics, Indians are one of the fastest growing groups of visitors to the United States. The number of Indian tourists grew more than 75 percent between 2009 to 2014 to 962,000, according to US Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office data. It estimated that the number of Indian tourists touched almost 1.1 million in 2015, overtaking Italy as the the 11th largest tourist group to the United States. According to the office’s projections, Indian tourism will top 1.4 million by 2020, a compounded annual growth rate of 6.6 percent, which is second highest after only China among top 20 source countries.Kelly Craighead, executive director, National Travel and Tourism Office, USDepartment of Commerce, while inaugurating the Brand USA pavilion at SATTE, one of India’s major travel and tourism shows, in January this year said that visitors from India spent $ 9.8 billion in travel services in the United States in 2014, which represent nearly two-thirds of all service exports to India. Indian tourists are the seventh largest international spenders in the country.New York, with its towering skyscrapers and the backdrop for many a Bollywood movie, is by far and away the most coveted U.S. destination for Indian tourists, accounting for almost 29 percent of the market share in 2014, National Travel and Tourism Office data shows. Mid-Atlantic states, which beside New York, include New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia, accounted for almost 38 percent of the Indian tourist traffic.Las Vegas with its somewhat wasted reputation, where gambling rules and semi-nude girls are as common a sight as cows on Indian roads, is hardly the ideal fit for the family oriented and prudish Indian traveller. However, with its trademark nonchalance and its ability to reinvent, Las Vegas has begun slowly attracting a stream of unlikely family visitors from the Indian sub continent. And the shift is reflected in visitor statistics. Indians are now amongst the top 10 foreign nationals to visit Nevada every year. The state hosted 63,000 tourists from India in 2014 with the volume said to be growing at the rate of 33 per cent annually. And that does not count the tourism by an even larger number of Indian Americans, who top 3 million in the United States.Rajan Sharma (seen here with his wife Aarti): “Vegas offers an experience like no other place and is totally different from India in many ways, hence it greatly intrigues Indians.”Earlier this year, Mark Hutchison, Lt Governor of Nevada, led a four-day mission to New Delhi that included the official opening of Nevada’s first tourism office in India. Curiously, the state opened the India office after closing one it had established in China in 2004. State officials highlighted that US, is the most desirable destination for Indians, with Las Vegas coming in third behind New York and San Francisco as the preferred destination, drawing 6.5 percent of the India market. That is nearly one in two of the nearly 12 percent of Indian tourists who visited casinos during their travel, according to National Travel and Tourism Office data. It no doubt hopes to peel away some of those headed to Atlantic City in New Jersey or Foxwood and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.But the Nevada Commission on Tourism also has it eyes on the broader 450 million middle class citizens in India, 50 million of whom own a passport, who it sees as the potential catchment.As luxury travel booms in India, Las Vegas, with its over-the-top promise, is quietly emerging as one of the new chosen destinations.Travel photographer Aman Chotani, who has been globetrotting with travel company Cox and Kings, headquartered in India, to document the culture and nuances that attract visitors to different destinations, says: “In recent times, there has been a rise in glamor travel once again in India. After recession, people were looking at frugal travelling and discovering places in their own backyard, this was followed by the rise of adventure traveling and now once more people are looking at experiences straight out of the pages of a glossy.”Chef Nishant Choubey, selected for a chef training program on southwest food sponsored by theSouthern United States Trade Association, says Vegas offers many varieties of cuisine.What’s also attracting a stream of Indian holiday goers to Las Vegas is the varied experiences the city offers. Rajan Sharma and Aakriti Sharma, a young couple based in New Delhi, chose Las Vegas to celebrate their marriage anniversary recently. Rajan, a design professional, says: “US was on our bucket list for a long time, but we wanted to avoid the obviously touristy New York and do something fun. So we took a road trip to Vegas from San Deigo. Vegas offers an experience like no other place and is totally different from India in many ways, hence it greatly intrigues Indians.”Aakriti recalls: “On my anniversary I saw so many couples tying the knot at Vegas. I also had a bride in all her fineries enjoying a sumptuous breakfast on a table next to mine, in a cute little café. I think it’s these hedonistic details that gives Vegas its distinct character.”Travel trade experts say the new appeal of Las Vegas is tied to a transformation in the city and its image. Ratna Chadha, chief executive at Tirun Travel Marketing, says: “In the past few years Vegas has transformed itself from a casino city to a holistic entertainment city. There are so many fun activities ranging from music, to sports to sightseeing that it makes perfect sense to count it as a family travel destination too.”In a strategic shift in focus, Vegas reinvented itself after the Great Recession as a tourist destination beyond its casinos. It offers up major sporting events, big-ticket fights, music concerts and an explosion of the choicest culinary offerings, making it a major food aficionado’s destination too. The up-coming T-Mobile arena will further strengthen its position as a music hot spot. Though the travel trend watchers in India say it’s unlikely that many Indians are chalking their holiday plans based on sports or music events, but the global buzz definitely fuels the interest.Chadha says, “Most of the Indian visitors to Vegas are the ones who are visiting family and friends based in California.” According to her, the vast distance between India and America and the availability of cheap and unlikely travel destinations in Eastern Europe discourages many Indians from taking a long haul flight to Las Vegas.But given the 3 million Indians settled in the United States, Nevada tourism authorities still see a large pull pull.Larry Freidman, deputy director of the Nevada Commission on Tourism said during the trade mission that Nevada has a built-in advantage in attracting Indian travellers because the 600,000 Indians living in California have family and friends visit them, who repredent a great market. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the number of visitors to the city in 2014 topped 41 million, of which 27 per cent were from Southern California and 19 percent were international visitors. Though the casino city’s popularity is driven by its gaming culture, the other entertainment infrastructure has added to its repertoire of things to do while in Vegas.Elvis Presley impersonatorTravel photographer Aman Chotani says: “Indians are still learning how to break away from the traditional holiday structure. They are including diverse activities but for a large number Vegas still stands for casinos and razzmatazz. It’s only when they are here that they realize that the city may have more to offer.”Casino is hardly a popular pastime in India. Of the 29 states and seven union territories in India, only three — Goa, Daman and Sikkim — have legalized casino gambling. Goa with ten casinos on land and on sea, boasts of the largest number in the country. But even so, most Indian visitors to Las Vegas love a chance to check out the world famous casinos.The enchanting rural drives and cowboy culture are added bonuses. Friedman noted that Indians are “intrigued by our Western heritage.” So from the breathtaking road trips around Vegas, to the famous Route 50 in Nevada, also called the loneliest road in America, to the cowboy countryside to national parks, Vegas can pack quite a lot for an unassuming visitor.But Chadha says, “India is still a nascent market where any new form of entertainment or holiday would take some time to be accepted and same is the case with say music holidays, culinary trails or sporting holidays.” She cautions, “I am not sure if there are a lot of repeat Indian visitors to Vegas.”Aman Chotani says, “People are looking at experiences straight out of the pages of a glossy.” It may take a Bollywood splash for Las Vegas to capture the Indian imagination. Ritu Jain, who runs a travel company in Mumbai, says, “Remember the 2011, hit film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara? Soon after its release we were booked solid with Indian youngsters planning road trip in and around Spain. It’s not uncommon for tour operators to experience a surge in business, soon after a place is romanticized in a Bollywood movie.”Curiously, despite its glitzy billboards and stunning landscapes that provide a perfect backdrop, Bollywood hasn’t really come calling. In recent years, ABCD 2 and Ek Main Aur Ek Tu were shot in the sin city. But with neither was a major hit, so the magic of the place went unnoticed. Perhaps the only Bollywood movie that brought Vegas into the limelight was Shah Rukh Khan’s 1997 hit film Pardes, in which a popular song was shot amongst the blazing Vegas billboards.Bollywood may not return the love, but Las Vegas is decking up for it. Mike Styles, a 25 year old young man who runs a bling accessory shop on a boulevard on the famous Vegas strip, says “My accessories are fit for Bollywood.”Indian restaurants are also cropping up all over Vegas. Though the city is dotted with celebrity chefs and their famed restaurants, serving everything from over priced steaks to gourmet greens, it’s just as easy to chance upon a decent Indian eatery. A server at the Tamba Indian Cuisine and Lounge, located just minutes away from the famous Bellagio Hotel says, “When Indians visit Vegas they at least have one meal that is Indian.”Ratna Chadha: “In the past years Vegas has transformed itself from a Casino city to a holistic entertainment city.”Chef Nishant Choubey, who manages the kitchen at Dusit Devarana Resort in Delhi, participates in food events in California, regularly. He says, “You can’t miss the obvious Indian presence looking at the Vegas food scene. Soy meat is getting popular there and its not uncommon to find the food trucks sell everything from tikkas to soya chicken Chettinad “During the past few years many top hotels have added yoga classes as part of their experiential stay. While Hotel Mirage introduced underwater yoga classes with dolphins darting in the background for distraction, at Monte Carlo you can partake a yoga class at the break of the dawn. Though the number of Indians turning to yoga in a Vegas resort may be negligible, according to hotel staff, it sure makes them feel closer to home.Just the chord the tourism board seems to want to strike with Indian travellers.  What Happens in VegasSo what’s a good vegan girl with little interest in gambling, who’s also seemingly uninspired by statuesque bodies of semi-clad women, got to do in Vegas? Well, a helluva lot, really.Vegas has a lot to offer beyond the garish lights and glam machines to build dollar dreams. Behind the peacocky present of this Wild West frontier, it has a rich array of historic sites.Las Vegas, which literally means “meadows” in Spanish, is an unlikely name for a place where you can count more LED screens than constellations in the sky.The Splendid Strip TourIf Vegas is the microcosm of partying in the world, then its famous strip best captures its character and fun. From shiniest casinos to mini replicas of the world’s wonder, the strip covers everything you can dream.Check out Caesar’s Palace for a gaming experience unlike any before. Bellagio has some of the best poker machines. If you have kids in tow plan a trip to Circus Circus for fun games. Never been to Eiffel Tower? The Pyramids? Statue of Liberty? Don’t worry, Vegas has you covered.Well almost. At the Paris Hotel, a half size replica of Gustave’s Eiffel Tower awaits you. You can buy tickets to the observation desk on the top floor for a breathtaking view of the city. Bellagio offers a replica of Italy’s Lake Como; The Venetian offers gondola rides; at New York New York a Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building replicas await you. If heights are your thing, there are the rides and observation desk at Stratosphere.You can even catch hop-on, hop-off bus tours that take you across the length of the strip. From the high roller that packs you in a capsule 550 feet above the ground to the fountains outside Bellagio, the strip is home to some of the best memories you may make.But more than anything else, in this fast-paced city, just take a few moments, relax in one of the sun-drenched outside bistros, enjoy a slow, languorous meal and see the world pass by. It’s a festivity like no other.A Different SideVisit the Las Vegas Spring Preserve, just off the Rancho Drive for botanical gardens, exhibits and nature trails. You can also take a trip to the Hoover Dam, a historic landmark and the largest reservoir by volume in the United States. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers a break from the neon lights to give you a taste of the desert. Take a road trip in true American style to unwind.Don’t Forget Downtown“It’s the place where the local Vegas inhabitants like to hang out,’’ confides a shawarma shop owner on Freemont Strip, home to hip bars, quaint eateries and art galleries. The outdoor area features light shows, concerts and well, obviously, casinos.Museum WatchThe Mob Museum is a must to get a grip on the enthralling history of the Vegas. The museum offers a glimpse of the gangster era in the U.S.What is Vegas without its shiny, neon signage? The Neon Museum celebrates the lights of the sin city by displaying old signboards that are not just shiny spectacles, but hold the rich stories behind them.Foodie TownVegas is home to some of the best gourmet experiences, thanks to several celebrity chef restaurants that have cropped up during the past decade. Whether you want to dress to your nines and dine at the Nobu’s or at the Joel Robuchon’s or explore the spirit of the city by eating out at cheaper street food or the delectable food trucks, you will not have a dull foodies’ moment in Las Vegas. There is even a 24-hour Cup Cake ATM! Related Itemslast_img read more

Visa Wives: Unseen Presence, Unknown Stories

first_img“Let’s not forget, that there’s life beyond internet. Facebook posts won’t tell you what thoughts take off when you look out the window of your home to find maple trees instead of mango trees, or what the silence of that new place can do to your mind. You love things you hated back home. And wonder if you’re going mad,” says an impassioned Radhika, trying to capture for herself, and perhaps for many other Indian women living new lives abroad, the raging thoughts and emotions they have had to juggle with.Radhika MB, a Bengaluru-based journalist, relocated to the United States in 2011, when her husband got a job in country. What life threw at her and how she dealt with it over the next few years sowed the seed for her book Visa Wives (Penguin Random House India). The book was also the result of a column Visa Wife she began to write, putting words to her feelings in a new land, for The Thumb Print e-magazine by Teresa Rehman.“Teresa egged me on to make it a book. In hindsight I also feel a miscarriage I suffered in the US led to many things, and eventually the book. So I do have my lost child to thank. I dedicated the book to my grandma, who was the rock behind my grandpa’s numerous books. He wrote books and found a name, while she remained invisible, caring for a large household and toiling away. The invisibility of it all… ” she trails off.Stories from the HeartVisa Wives focuses on the H4 visa holders, whose purpose is, officially, “family reunion” – the most popular dependent visa. The author says she has lost count of the number of such women she interviewed. “I did about 30 to 40 in-depth interviews, plus a lot more smaller ones, not just of ‘Visa Wives’, but spouses, subject matter experts, random strangers…” Identifying them was not difficult. Getting people to talk was, she admits.The book plunges straight into the American dream — the fears, the man-woman divide, abusive marriages, the visiting-in-law situation, and traces the history of the first Indian women settlers. The book is packed with statistics, and elaborates on the nitty gritty of processes, applications, rejections, loopholes, or lack of them, American laws, the way the system works, and what Indian women need to be prepared for, and armed with.But it’s not just facts all the way.The book banks on individual and personal stories and their frank telling. Sarika, Bindhu, Madhuri, Aruna, Rani, Revathi, Sathya, … and so many other women are casually introduced and you are sucked right into their lives and stories. These women keep popping up in the later chapters to continue their conversations and offer their insights. There are also those women who landed there for work, or to study. Touchy subjects are broached too: “I don’t know how they manage to do it — skipping the funeral of a parent,’ — a friend remarked during one of those conversations, about H1B visa holders not wanting to risk their jobs by going to India and face another US consulate interview, even when a parent dies.”The joy of rediscovering hobbies like cooking, blogging, pot luck parties, also find place in the narrative. Radhika delves on the caught- in-between moment, “the pendulum phase”, in various circumstances — leaving home, people, and precious belongings behind, being on tenterhooks about whether the husband’s project continues or they pack up and go right back to India the next day…An account by Rupashree, who opted out of moving to the United States with her husband because she was pregnant, at the last minute, tugs at your heartstrings… a situation no woman wants to be in: “He offered to come on leave for three weeks for the delivery. I was not prepared to see him go at the end of those three weeks. I told him, ‘Come back for good or do not come at all.’ I had a caesarean. I needed my husband every day. His own agony was no less. He saw our son during our video chats, but he was desperate to hold his baby. I was not depressed that he was not with me. I was angry.”Multiple PerspectivesRadhika didn’t limit the book to her own experiences since that would have turned it into a memoir, and limited the range of subjects she wanted to cover. “I had no children, for instance, and moms had different experiences. I love crafting and writing more than cooking. Some women I know love cooking and rediscover it in their new environment. Earlier drafts had a lot more of my personal story, but I chopped it for narrative. Others’ perspectives enriched my book,” she says.What stands out in the book is a sense of isolation and loneliness that runs as a thread all through, in various forms. Sometimes it’s just looking out at empty parking lots, not having anyone smile back at you or talk to.“Before I came to the US, my friends who live here said I would miss my family. A friend said at times she saw no people for miles near her university. I did not get it then. We think we know it all before boarding that flight, and probably for a while after arrival too,” Radhika explains.She points out how unprepared she was towards the fact that Indians become a lot more thrifty there, and that affects our confidence adversely. She recalls in the book that one of her husband’s colleagues quipped that they should look for treasures outside the garbage bin. If people wanted to discard their furniture without putting them in thrift stores, they simply left them at the garbage bin. It was considered perfectly fine for people to pick it up.Each time Rupashree spotted a discarded piece of furniture outside the bin, she would drag it home up two storeys. She wanted to support her husband by making every effort to save money.Path to Self-discoveryBut it’s not all sob stories and negative experiences. What really does America offer that India doesn’t to these women? “A fresh look at life, a new perspective in an individualistic culture that’s tad removed from the networked family lives in India, some respite from ‘the good bahu’ problem (although the in-laws control can extend overseas), self-discovery through pursuit of your hidden talents, learning to value friends and help that comes your way,” she surmises.And then further elaborates that some women who had not-so-happy family lives back home tend to find independence. Some find happiness in the open spaces in towns, while some are simply happy for not having to worry about cooking gas and water supply.“My book chronicles the struggles, and eventual steps to accepting the country. Isolation from family can devastate you, but it also teaches you a lot. You value relationships. That would not hold true for women in a domestic violence situation though. Reaching out for help if there is spousal abuse, can be a huge thing.”Given all that she’s now privy to, would she have not moved to the United States if someone had warned her about all this? Radhika is clear: “The truth is, I would still have taken that flight.” Related Itemsdependent wives AmericaIndian families USAAIndian women USLittle IndiaNRI wivesRadhika MB Visa Wiveslast_img read more

Indian Doctor Arrested in UK for Supplying Illegal Weapons

first_imgMohinder Surdhar, a 56-year-old physiotherapist in Birmingham, has been charged for partnering with arms dealer Paul Edmunds in a case that the British police have come to equate with the hit TV show Breaking Bad. The ammunition created by Edmunds, 66, has been linked to 100 shootings in the United Kingdom.Edmunds posed as an antique dealer and bought vintage weapons from the United States. He converted them into lethal weapons and sold them with bullets, which he created in his home, to Surdhar, who acted as the middleman. The latter sold the weapons and ammunition to a head gangster, who then supplied them in the criminal network.The ammunition was used in murder of three individuals and a shooting on a police helicopter.Edmunds was discovered after a receipt with his name was found in Surdhar’s custody. Surdhar pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to transfer prohibited weapons and ammunition. Both individuals lived a double life, the doctor was a firearms dealer while the pensioner, Edmunds, turned his middle-class house in Gloucester into an ammunition factory.“They were like the Breaking Bad of the gun world — on the face of it both decent men, but using their skills and expertise to provide deadly firearms,” Detective Constable Phil Rodgers from West Midlands Police said in a statement. “But this was no TV drama — these were real weapons; real bullets; real victims. Their actions have had a devastating impact on communities by fueling violent crime, leading to fear and bloodshed. Edmunds has an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms. It’s not an easy task making obsolete caliber bullets to fit antique guns; it would have taken several days to make a box of 50. Surdhar also had an armory at his home and we believe Edmunds was teaching him the art of bullet making.”The investigation was launched in 2014, after an expert at the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) noticed that many of the handguns that turned up at crime scenes were pre-war. These guns required special ammunition, which had certain markings, leading to the fact that one individual was manufacturing them.The police found £375,000 in Edmunds’ bank account, 100,000 rounds of live ammunition and tools to convert the antique weapons at his house. Edmunds faces 25 years in jail while Surdhar also faces a long prison term. Related ItemsBirminghamBritish policeUK lawlast_img read more