Visual Appeal

Cinematographer Sanjay Jadhav feels his art only gets noticed when someone does a very good job of it

Written by Prajakta Hebbar | Published: April 13, 2013 3:25 am

Cinematographer Sanjay Jadhav feels his art only gets noticed when someone does a very good job of it

It was during his college days as a chemical engineering student that Sanjay Jadhav was smitten by cinematography. He was playing a small role in a television serial and his first day was quite daunting. Looking around,he saw that the glamour industry was not as glamourous as it appeared. Everyone looked ordinary,except the smartly dressed,posh-looking chap behind the camera. “So I decided that instead of becoming an actor,holding a camera is way more desirable,” says Jadhav.

The Mumbai-based cinematographer has worked on several critically acclaimed Marathi and Hindi films such as Dombivali Fast,Aayna Ka Bayna,Chintoo and C Kkompany. He has recently been conferred the Raja Paranjape Tarunai Sanman by the city-based Raja Paranjape Pratishthan.

The 42-year-old feels that cinematography only gets noticed when someone does a very good job of it. “With more and more Marathi films giving importance to the look and feel of the film,cinematographers can now take more liberties,” he says. Among his many films,Jadhav still has a soft corner for the 2005 film,Dombivali Fast. “I remember the day when the film was being released. The difference between the way people looked at me before and after the release was astonishing,” recalls Jadhav.

Talking about the skills required for the profession,he says,“Every technician has to be sensitive to his surroundings. I won’t use the word ‘artiste’ here,but he has to have those artistic qualities.” He adds that his knowledge of basic photography helped him be more visually creative. Jadhav is now busy with his film Duniyadari,which he is both directing and producing. The filmmaker and his crew spent about three months to accomplish the perfect retro look for their actors. “It is a fulfilling experience for a cinematographer to don the director’s hat. It has given me a more vocal creative output,” he says.

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