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Hot 100, Cinematographers, Sudeep Chatterjee

When Sudeep Chatterjee collaborated with Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Bajirao Mastani, it fetched him the National Award. Hardly surprising then that Chatterjee was called upon to film Bhansali’s next period film, Padmaavat too. It once again attests to this dream team’s ability to create a huge canvas and fill it with magnificent aesthetics.
Wide-angle shots of the rugged landscape and the frenziedly shot war sequences are impressive enough, but the film also encompasses myriad emotions. The visual poetry of the romantic story between Shahid Kapur and Deepika Padukone is contrasted with the raw energy of Ranveer Singh’s scenes. Dramatic visuals and eloquent lighting that provides subliminal cues to the characters’ thoughts are Chatterjee’s forte. He uses low lighting for Singh and revels in the arcane mystery of the shadows. Chatterjee employs modern technique to recreate medieval times lit by flickering torches and delivers a totally immersive experience for the viewer.

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