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He was the man looking through the lens...

In Subhash Ghai’s Black & White and the Rahul Bose-Mallika Sherawat-starrer Ugly Aur Pagli. In queue for release are Sudhir Mishra’s Sikander and Pankh, starring Bipasha Basu, where Somak has steered the camera.

Now the Bhowanipore boy is back home, shooting for...

Raj Chakraborty’s Challenge, featuring Dev and Subhashree. “I can see a change in Bangla films. I have seen Chirodini…Tumi Je Aamar and I think Raj is a very promising director. He told me he wanted a different treatment in Challenge. I thought it would be interesting and so I am here. We are shooting with a hi-tech Arriscope 435 camera, something that commercial Bengali films never use,” says the ex-student of South Point High School.

Somak’s Tolly debut, however, happened years back with...

Suman Mukhopadhyay’s critically-acclaimed Herbert. “After Herbert, I wasn’t getting the kind of work I wanted to do in Calcutta. But Bollywood is very receptive to new technicians. I was getting work for a good pay and so I shifted there. I have worked with Kundan Shah in Mumbai Cutting too,” he adds.

But Somak had wanted to be an actor, not a cameraman...

Having trained with theatre group Nandikar, he dreamt of becoming an actor some day. “But then I enrolled for a four-year cinematography course at FTII Pune. I shot the diploma film Kshya-tra-ghya, which travelled to a lot of international film festivals. A lot of people saw the film. Incidentally, Subhash Ghai was one of those. He got in touch with me. That’s how Black & White happened,” says Somak, who now lives in Andheri.

Though Tolly is keeping him busy at the moment...

Things are looking up in Bolly. “Next year, I am off to New York to shoot an untitled film with Kangana Ranaut and Madhavan,” smiles Somak.

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