BANGALORE: Veteran cameraman and director K Janakiram opined that though technology has improved, there is no involvement from technicians these days.
Janakiram was speaking at ‘Bellihejje’, an interactive programme with senior artists organised by Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy here on Saturday.
Recalling those days, Janakiram said that cinematographer used to work with only one assistant, but these days there are atleast six assistants working under each camera man. These days, everything depends on money. They (cinematographer) charge money per day, even if they shoot only one scene.
Further, Janakiram said, “Earlier, even if the producers failed to give money, we would not stop working. But now-a-days, they charge money right from stepping out of their house till they start their work in the studio”. He further said that the technicians these days have money, modern technology and graphics. “Whereas we used to execute work with talent alone. With or without light, at the end of the day, we used to shoot,” he said.
Explaining the regulations of censor board in the past, Janakiram said that in one of the films, there was a scene when Vishnuvardhan had to slap the heroine. This was cut by the censor board. “Even if the hero touched the heroine, the censor board used to cut the scene mercilessly,” he said.
Janakiram who had directed the film starring Rajkumar ‘Lagna Patrike’ is now planning to direct ‘Modern Lagna Patrike’.
“Story will be similar to the old Lagna Patrike but will have today’s touch,” he announced.
Janakiram who is a bachelor said that earlier when he went to see a girl, the girl’s father had issues with him as he was in the film line.
“He (girl’s father) told me to deposit Rs 10,000 as security, which I could not. So, I remained a bachelor,” he said.