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On Kick day, star behind camera is born
- Meet Krishna Soren, Jharkhand cinematographer in Marathi film Anvatt

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Coinciding with Salman Khan’s Id release, a 27-year-old boy from Jharkhand made a debut on a prestigious Marathi film, Anvatt.

Only, Krishna Soren will be behind the camera. He’s the cinematographer or more formally, the director of photography (DoP) of the Marathi suspense thriller that hit over 300 screens on Friday.

A 2007 batch alumnus from Jamshedpur’s Karim City College, department of mass communication, Krishna is currently a third-year student at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to see my work on the big screen,” Krishna told The Telegraph while travelling from Mumbai to Pune on Friday. “My course is over but my diploma film will take another few months to complete before I formally graduate from FTII. This is a big break for me,” Krishna, a boy from Birsanagar in Jamshedpur, said.

Marathi film buffs would know his director, National award winner Gajjendra Ahire, is a big name, with many critical and commercial successes to his credit.

Ahire apart, Anvatt has a sparkling cast and crew. Its music director is Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar and arrangers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Sachin Jambekar. It stars celebrity couple Adinath Kothare and Urmila Kanitkar and other eminent actors Makarand Anaspure, Kishore Kadam, Vibhavari Deshpande and Bhargavi Chirmule in key roles.

Interestingly, the film’s producer Pooja Shekhar Jyoti is an XLRI alumnus who then studied at Subhas Ghai’s film school Whistling Woods before launching her banner PSJ Entertainment.

Anvatt, set in the backdrop of 1970s Konkan, Goa and Hyderabad, offers a cinematographer plenty of opportunity to show his talents.

“There’s a difference between being a student and being a professional,” chuckled Krishna. “I couldn’t afford to make mistakes.”

The film was shot in record time, he said. “Thirteen days at a stretch,” Krishna said. “And it rained like crazy, light was poor. But we all managed because we had to.”

The debutante DoP has “offers” that he doesn’t want to divulge. “I’ll be working with major stars. I am off to London for my next shoot,” he let on.

How is Anvatt doing on Day One? “First three shows in Mumbai have gone houseful. In Pune and Bangalore, I learnt occupancy was over 90 per cent,” he said. He didn’t forget to thank everyone responsible for his bright start. Though Krishna has lost his parents, he is sure “they are blessing me from above”.

“Karim City gave me direction on how to pursue my dream, FTII enriched my vision, my various assisting stints in Mumbai helped me grow as a professional. I also love the work of DoPs Anand Mehta, Vinod Pradhan, Santosh Sivan, K.U. Mohanan, Roger Deakins, Robert Richardson, Geoffrey Unsworth and so on. The trick is to keep learning,” Krishna signed off.


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