Sunday, June 17, 2007

The color and light of Binod Prahham,the Indian Cinematographer.

The lenz has always been my metaphor .Newer techniques are constantly espanding my horizens and helping my evolve.At the end of a hard day's work, i am grateful for being able to explore a vast range of emotional expression made possible with the use of film and narrative.

Cinematography is a craft combined with art;it is a highly complex and intense medium.The ability to undestand an artform that works on its own and create images,and balance the imagery with color and light and their imagination .
It has been a breathtaking journey...

- Binod-

Cinematographer Binod Pradhan finds his muse in Devdas.

For a native of Kalimpong, West Bengal, zest, energy and sheer talent were all that propelled Binod Pradhan to become one of the most renowned names in cinematography.

Having worked in films like Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Khamosh and Kundan Shah's Jaane Bhi Do Yaron as a struggler, Pradhan broke new ground in Chopra's Parinda and 1942 -- A Love Story. He was also hailed for the way his camera 'caressed the lush environment of Kashmir' in Chopra's Mission Kashmir.

Now comes Sanjay Leela Bhansali's lavish saga,
Devdas, starring Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Made at a whopping Rs 500 million, the film, Indian cinema's most expensive ever, is a fillip in Pradhan's career.

He tells Arti R what it took to mount a film of this scale:

I first met Sanjay on the sets of 1942 -- A Love Story [the songs of which Bhansali choreographed]. I was supposed to shoot Khamoshi (starring Manisha Koirala, Salman Khan, Nana Patekar, Seema Biswas), with him. That did not work out --- I began work on Vidhu's [Vinod Chopra] Kareeb (starring Bobby Deol, Neha).