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Tuesday, March 06, 2007
One of the most important aspects of a film is its cinematography but in the case of Vipul Shah's Namastey London that's exactly what remained a mystery till the end. At one time there was a rumour that highly acclaimed Hollywood cameraman Dariusz Wolski (Pirates of the Caribbean) was supposed to shoot the film, then recently it was said that the cinematographer of Troy, Peter Field was roped in to do the film. And then there were speculations that the film will have 3 cinematographers. So what exactly is the truth?
Vipul Shah clears all the false theories. He says "There is a misconception about this and I have explained it to so many people. Earlier Peter Field was going to shoot the film. He was the director of photography of Troy, but unfortunately he had to drop out at the last moment. Then Jonathan Bloom came on board. Jonathan is a very high profile cinematographer in London and is the only one who has shot the film. I have been clarifying this for a very long time, but it seems that people aren't aware".
But why a foreign cinematographer for the film? "Why do you ask that just for the cinematographer? Apart from him, my film's costume designer is Alison Forbes whose last major film was Tomorrow Never Dies. The makeup artist of my film, Kateling, is the head make up artist at the BBC. My casting director is Claire Saunders whose last film was Woody Allen's Match Point. So my entire crew is from Hollywood and they are not just amateurs in Hollywood, they are highly qualified professionals in Hollywood. The idea is to make a better film which can compete on International level, compete with anything we are doing in India. Today's generation, today's audience is very knowledgeable, very sharp. It's very difficult to please them and if you want them to like your film, you have to give them something really good."
Namastey London stars Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar and Upen Patel. Ask Vipul if we see another love triangle coming up and he is quick to clarify, "Upen Patel is paired opposite a British girl in the film. Her name is Tiffany Mulheron".
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