These days many Telugu films are looking quite stronger due to some terrific visuals and we have to appreciate the job of cinematographers in that connection. But more and more the trend is becoming like noted Bollywood and Tamil cameramen are taking the big pie here like the way our heroines do.
In the recent times, many heroes, star directors and producers are bringing some costly cinematographers from Bollywood who have worked on pretty big projects. Ayanaka Bose of Judwaa 2 and Zero fame filmed Allu Arjun’s DJ Duvvada Jagannadham. TV commercials fame Rishi Punjabi cranked the camera for Sarrainodu and Jaya Janaki Nayaka. All of Sukumar’s movies including Rangasthalam are shot by Ratnavelu only and upcoming biggie like Sye Raa has him in the seat.
Other happening cinematographers are: Mohana Krishna of Rambo Rajkumar and Force 2 fame is the cinematographer for Raja The Great. PS Vinod did work on Oopiri and Dhruva recently. Trivikram brought Manikandan for Agnyaathavasi, Natraj Subramanyam (Natti) for A..Aa. Even Jr NTR’s Jai Lava Kusa was supposed to be shot by CK Muraleedharan of 3 Idiots fame but later he was replaced. Buzz has that Mahesh’s next under Vamsi Paidipally direction will be canned by KU Mohanan of Raees fame, while Bharat Anu Nenu has Ravi K Chandran and Tirru cranking the visuals.
All these talented cinematographers are non-Telugu guys and they charge more than one crore for their work. That brings to a discussion if there are no camera talents in Tollywood. In fact, there are many Telugu folks who are doing the fantastic job already.
Prasad Murella’s terrific visuals shot for Attarinitki Daredi and S/o Satyamurthy, Chota K Naidu’s interesting commercial blocks in Jai Lav Kusa, Sameer Reddy’s awesome visuals in MCA, Vijay C Kumar’s fantastic blocks in Fidaa, Sai Sriram’s lovely work done for Chalo and Karthik Ghattamaneni’s work in Awe are quite appreciable.
But why cinematographers from other tinsel towns and states are getting the big offers and also a fat paycheck? Some say very strongly that they are more talented than our guys, while few say that their experience and exposure is richer than our local talents.
However it looks like to make sure that a film gets big satellite price, our makers are bringing all these pan Indian and big Bollywood names. May sound little uneasy, but that’s true.