‘I would put my name below all of them in the credits’
Director Prashanth Neel is all praise for his technicians: cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda, music director, Ravi Basrur and art director Shivakumar
From times immemorial, technicians have played an integral part in filmmaking. Directors say that no movie is complete without the 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 complete, the filmmaker says, "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."
Prashanth says the audience are usually not familiar with the technicians, but he calls his team 'magnificent'. He adds that whatever appreciation comes, once the trailer is out, will "only be because of those 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 film 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. 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, the art director is a surprise catch. "I expect brilliant output from Bhuvan and Ravi, who both are indispensable in my life as friends and professionals. To be honest, I was initially apprehensive about Shivakumar, but as time went by, his work has amazed everybody on the sets."
Prashanth believes in team work. "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. They helped expand my vision and bring it to life. We do refer to others’ works but we do not replicate, and that is the best part of KGF."
Prashanth says that the effort and the sweat is 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.