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The man who shot Sivaji

Sivaji, the most anticipated film starring superstar Rajnikath is all set for release on May 31.

And for the man who got to shoot the film, the anticipation is doubly heady.

National award winning cinematographer (Priyadarshan's Thenmavin Kombathu) K V Anand recounts his experiences of working in the film in this interview. Excerpts:

The offer to shoot Sivaji

I had missed out doing the last few films of Rajni including Baba and Chandramukhi. When Ram Kumar asked me to do Chandramukhi, I was in the middle of my first directorial venture Kana Kandein.

I had done two films for Shankar; Mudalvan, and Nayak in Hindi. But I couldn't do his last two films; Boys and Anniyan. That was because of my prior commitment with Rajkumar Santoshi. I was doing The Legend of Bhagat Singh when Shankar called me for Boys and I was doing Kakhee when he called me for Anniyan.

It was in August 2005 that Shankar called me for Sivaji. I was already feeling bad for missing out on the last four films of Rajnikanth and the last two films of Shankar. So, when Shankar told me Sivaji would be a Rajni film, I was ecstatic. I set everything aside and accepted Sivaji.

Text: Shobha Warrier
K V Anand's photograph: Sreeram Selvaraj

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