The sports drama, Bigil, which marks the return of the Vijay and Atlee combination after Mersal, further marks the return of yet another familiar collaboration. GK Vishnu, who cranked the camera for Mersal, has lensed Bigil too. “Working with Atlee and Thalapathy was like playing in home ground,” the cinematographer says with a smile.
The Deepavali release stars Vijay don three looks. “All the three characters will have a different look to them. Be it Rayappan, the father character or Michael or Bigil, they will all have definite looks to them. My favourite is Rayappan,” Vishnu adds.
Vijay’s acting range decided Vishnu’s lens choices. “It was Vijay sir’s acting that helped me choose different kinds of lens. His acting range called for different lenses like wide and different kinds of close ups. That is only because something about his acting always attracts you,” says Vishnu. Earthen colours like khaki and brown were used to create a mood around Vijay’s characters, he says, adding, “I have used a lot of contrasts — be it in lighting or colours, to add punch.”
Attempting the sports genre at such a huge scale was interesting, Vishnu says. “The kind of shots and lighting are different. There were a lot of aspects for which I had to research. It’s a huge football stadium set. Lighting up the set for the night shots were experimental.We used high-speed frames to capture the emotion and styles of the genre better,” he says. The scale of the film also left no room for errors. “Every minute and day was important. But the producers made life easier. We could be upfront with Aghoram sir. His in-depth analysis of the market was important to us,” he says.Written by Sruthi.Raman@timesgroup.comSource:Entertainment