From times immemorial, technicians have played an integral part in filmmaking. Directors say that no movie is complete without this trio of cameraman, music director and art director. And that's what Prashanth Neel, who is helming his second film KGF starring Yash, believes too.
With nearly 80 per cent of his movie completed, he puts the record straight: “KGF will be one of the most brilliant movies to be made in the longest time, and the reason for that would be my technicians - cameraman Bhuvan Gowda, music director Ravi Basrur and art director Shivakumar. They make me look good at the end of day."
City Express gets hold of a few pictures from the sets, and they give us a glimpse of what is happening around. Prashanth says the audience are usually not familiar with the technicians but his team he calls “magnificent”. He adds that whatever appreciation comes, once the trailer is out, will “only be because of the three”.
"To be honest, after every tedious shot, I feel that I have only an ant’s share of the work and that these three are doing most of it,” says Prashanth, adding “My confidence in the movies comes from them and, if I could, I would put my name below all of them in the credits, because I am nothing without them. I see Hollywood, Bollywood, Telugu and Tamil movies, but when KGF hits the screens, people will say that these three are the best technicians in the world.”
While, Praashanth Neel has worked with Bhuvan and Ravi Basrur in his first film, Ugramm, but art director is a surprise catch, Prashanth says. "I expect some brilliant output from Bhuvan and Ravi, who both are in disposable in my life as friends, and in profession. To be honest, initially I was apprehensive about Shivakumar but as time went his work, have amazed everybody on the sets.
Prashanth believes in team work and dismisses “chemistry” as “a cliched cinematic word used today”.
"Any professional association lasts till the day the movie is released,” he says. “People will love the making of this movie and, while moviegoers usually credit the director with most of the work, this project is run by the technicians. Each of them is capable of giving their best, they are go-getters.
They help my vision expand. We do refer to others’ works but we do not replicate and that is the best part of KGF… work of these technicians will be reference point for movies.” Prashanth says that the effort and the sweat is not what counts. “I give my creative inputs but what makes the movie work is their technical improvisation." KGF made under Hombale Films features Srinidhi Shetty in the female lead.