The making of ‘K.G.F: Chapter 2’: How Bhuvan Gowda handled the pressure

The cinematographer says that while ‘KGF Chapter 1’ was a fun project, the film’s success resulted in a few anxious moments during the making of ‘Chapter 2’

The cinematographer says that while ‘KGF Chapter 1’ was a fun project, the film’s success resulted in a few anxious moments during the making of ‘Chapter 2’

The verdict is out. KGF Chapter 2 has been declared a hit and is expected to break many box office records. While Prashanth Neel was rightly credited for his screenplay and directing, cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda received credit for his camerawork. KGF Chapter 2 is his third film, after uggram and KGF Chapter 1. Bhuvan, one of the country’s most sought-after cinematographers, says the most important thing is the story. “The rest falls into place. My career in cinema started with Prashanth, with uggram

Bhuvan, who started out as a still photographer for uggram, says he was shocked when Neel asked him to take over when the original cameraman stopped halfway through. “I had no background in cinematography. He said he loved the play of light in my photography. I learned a lot from him and I enjoy working with him. When Prashanth leads a project, all I have to do is follow his guidelines.”

KGF was a dream project for the young cameraman as it provided an opportunity to collaborate with ‘Rocking Star’ Yash, Achyuth Kumar, Anant Nag and Nagabharana.

With Yash and Prashanth Neela

With Yash and Prashanth Neela

There is nothing extra in the cinematography, says Bhuvan. “We stuck to the script and did exactly what the story asked. We used a lot of natural tones and light. I am not fond of artificial light. In fact, we didn’t use artificial light, even in outdoor shots for KGF† Natural light and framing is my strength and that is what I played on for this film.”

Cinematography was never on his mind, Bhuvan says. “I was working in a watch repair shop, where I met a friend who was interested in photography. I was curious, started with photography and decided to earn a living from it. It was by chance that I was chosen as a photographer for uggram.”

During the shoot

During the shoot

Bhuvan says about the overwhelming response to the film. “We knew we had a great Kannada movie, but we didn’t know it was going to be a pan-Indian movie. Of KGF Chapter 2 expectations are high and we were all a little nervous. Suddenly we felt that all eyes were on us. We wanted every scene to surpass Chapter 1

Bhuvan praised the cast for giving five years of their lives to the project and says that as a cameraman it was easy for him to work on one important project at a time. “I believe in making a handful of films instead of working on a hundred mediocre films.”

The next one is Salary, with Prabhas. “The crew is the same as KGF”

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