ÔÇ£I try hard to make things look good. But I donÔÇÖt think I am a genius. He called me so perhaps because I am quiet on the sets and seeing the output of my work.ÔÇØ
Cinematographer K.U. Mohanan is on cloud nine. His latest project Raees featuring Shah Rukh Khan has fared well at the box office. ÔÇ£The movie is produced by team Excel Entertainment with whom I have worked before. When they got the script, they called me and asked me to go through it. It was later I met director Rahul Dholakia. I knew he was a good filmmaker from his previous films and was excited after discussing the script with him. It was a realistic script. And, RahulÔÇÖs idea was to portray the spirit of the 70s in a contemporary setting.ÔÇØ He goes down the memory lane.
Raees took almost two years to complete and it was indeed a challenging task for the team. Although they began the location scouting at the old Ahmedabad city in Gujarat, they had to move to Mumbai later on. ÔÇ£It is a kind of period movie that begins in the 60s and concludes in the 90s. Hence, we went to the Old Ahmedabad city and to some nearby remote areas. But, it was difficult to shoot in Ahmedabad. The lanes were narrow, a kind of labyrinth. You could get lost in that space. Also, it was difficult to pull off the shoot in such a place with a superstar like Shah Rukh Khan. So, we erected a set in the Mumbai Film City taking references from the buildings we saw there,ÔÇØ says Mohanan.
Although they made the set to measure, the big challenge was to capture it rightly. ÔÇ£Making the set look like a real space was the challenge for me and production designers. We have tried to make it as realistic as possible,ÔÇØ adds Mohanan, whom Shah Rukh called a ÔÇÿgeniusÔÇÖ in an interview. ÔÇ£I think that is a little too much,ÔÇØ smiles Mohanan. ÔÇ£I try hard to make things look good. But I donÔÇÖt think I am a genius. He called me so perhaps because I am quiet on the sets and seeing the output of my work.ÔÇØ Mohanan shares a good rapport with the actor. He has worked with him for three movies and many advertisements. ÔÇ£He is a wonderful person,ÔÇØ says Mohanan. ÔÇ£He doesnÔÇÖt have the air of a superstar. He is genuinely a nice person. He never shows the tantrums of a superstar. I think that middle-class vibe is still there with him. He has not forgotten the path he traveled.ÔÇØ
Although I have done a few films in between, Don gave me the break. I think Farhan (of Excel Entertainment) noticed my commercials. He called me and asked me to be a part of Don.ÔÇØ Mohanan chose Don for a few reasons. First, he is a hardcore Amitabh Bachchan fan and Shah RukhÔÇÖs Don was a remake of AmitabhÔÇÖs 1978 film of the same title.
KU Mohanan, we hope you do more successful┬ámovies further.