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National Award winning cinematographer Anil Mehta has to his credit a highly respected body of work (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Lagaan, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil); and the creative powerhouse has once again proved his mettle over the last year with his work in Advait Chandan’s crossover hit, Secret Superstar as well as Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds. Secret Superstar is a straightforward film with a big heart, and the cinematographer wisely doesn’t let flamboyant experimentation get in the way of portraying the heart-warming story about the power of dreams. Mehta employs the Sony F65, a regular part of his arsenal, and a kit of Master Prime Lenses; and his realistic captures add immeasurably to the authentic feel of the locations – largely, a middle-class housing society – and bring a hypnotic texture and colourful palette to the film.
Always in demand, meticulous Mehta is now preoccupied with Yash Raj productions – he’s shooting Sui Dhaga and grading for Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.

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