KGF Bridges Bollywood-South Divide: Sanjay Dutt Bonds With Cinematographer

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Bangalore, May 2 (IANS) At a time when there is bitter talk everywhere of the north-south divide on the tongue, the achievers who have torn down the divide between south and north are relishing in success.

Bhuvan Gowda, the star cinematographer who shot to fame after the smash hit of ‘KGF Chapter 2’, has revealed how much veteran Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt calls him and appreciates his work.

“Lead actor Sanjay Dutt called and enjoyed the work. Sanjay Dutt, every time he calls, calls me ‘Bu’. He asks how are you ‘Bu’. So far he had called more than 10 times,” he says.

Whenever he calls, Sanjay Dutt says that “bahut achcha dikhaya mujhe (you introduced me well on screen). Sanjay Dutt calls me as soon as he remembers,” he adds.

“The biggest compliment came from Telugu star Prabhas. He personally called and congratulated my work. Telugu film industry superstars Allu Arjun and Ram Charan who have achieved success in the north also sent congratulatory messages to him.

“Bhuvan explains that he comes from the school of Prashanth Neel, the director of ‘KGF 2’. “I didn’t learn cinematography. I’m basically a photographer,” he says.

“Prashanth Neel recognized my talent and appointed me director of photography in his first film ‘Ugram’.”

He hails from Kaudale village near Maddur taluk in Mandya district of Karnataka. After PUC, he came to Bengaluru looking for a job.

Cinematography is rarely celebrated and acknowledged. People talk about the visual processing in ‘KGF 2’, so it’s an honor, says Bhuvan. Credit goes to director Prashanth Neel and art director for visual production, he adds.

When asked how much effort he put into great visual enjoyment, Bhuvan Gowda explained that his greatest strength was lighting and shadow. He wouldn’t prefer flat light at all.

Outdoors, he uses natural lighting, all of which helps to have a hold on the audience and compel them to be inside the film. “The sharpness of presentation and framing are my strengths,” he says.

People are afraid of working in low light. “I’m very confident about the release as I grew up with a digital camera. I was never discouraged for experimentation while filming KGF 2,” he reveals.

The fight in the tunnel is shot only by the light of a fire stick. The film crew had arranged an installation with a cost of Rs 1.5 crore. The set itself was not visible in the fight scene, no questions were asked, he said.

“Whatever work you do, you do it with focus and dedication. There are bound to be ups and downs in travel. Don’t rest until you’ve succeeded,” he says.

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