Marcus Bartley - the greatest cinematographer telugu cinema has ever seen! Ahh, the world has ever seen for that matter. He was an anglo-indian. So what ? He was a telugite to me.
I will dare to
say, If the best telugu picture mayabazar was a success - it was because
of him. Not KV Reddy, Not SVR, Not NTR - it was HIM who etched that
movie into our hearts. You deny that ? You must be a non movie-goer or
you donot know what photography is.
I remember Singeetam
Sreenivasa Rao and I will tell you later why I had to bring this note up
here - in one of the interviews, said, he was visibly stunned /
emotionally shaken at what he saw - the visual beauty that was set up
for ghatotkacha's dwaraka entry - when he cheated and looked into Mr
Bartleys camera [for a classic note, as heard from my dear friend Alan
Bartley, son of Mr Marcus - Marcus never, ever allowed anyone to touch
his camera or peek into it. Not even the director. It was his world. It
was his lone world. Until it showed on screen]. Singeetam said he
remembers and will remember that shot until his 7 lives are done. It was
The essence of photography is to lure the eyes
into the focal point. Create a magic. Create an illusion. Create a
kaleidoscope. Create another world. To the eyes that are watching.
Seeing is a very stressful mental process. It is analytically strong if
you dissect it. It initiates with our eyes capturing some information
from what lies ahead of us but continues as a mental activity
involuntarily. How ever It requires awareness; and that awareness is
nothing but a state of mind. There are many phenomenons that go under
the awareness radar, but you will not consciously know. Some suddenly
enter your consciousness. You see them! And great photographers always
steer you into that awareness.
Now to Senthil. And to Bhallala.
Bhallala was good. His hatred act much more. When he goes into war with
kalakeya army, his war skills were un-matched. That credit goes to him
and senthil equally. How ever senthil ups the game. He puts the camera
in a location which creates that effect. Long lasting effect. Which
elevates the raw beauty of bhallala. Raw beauty as in a human. The
handsomeness humanness gives us. What life gives us. That shot - that
shot is - when kalakeya chief hits him with his hammer, as big as thors
and as powerful as thors. Kalakeya had been handed that hammer. That
powerful hammer. And he uses it. Bhallala just rolls back into the
frame. Here is where senthil excels. With the location of the camera.
And the placement. I bet Rana's thighs must have been sore. Very sore
after that shot.
అంతంత అంగలేసుకుంటూ వెనక్కి జారుకుంటూపోయే సీను
అత్యద్భుతం. మీరు ఫోటోగ్రాఫరైతే మటుకు, సౌందర్యోపాసకులైతే మటుకు అందులో
ఏముందో, ఆ షాటుకు ఎంత క్రియేటివిటీ కావాలో మీకు చెప్పనక్కరలా! భల్లాలుడు
వేసిన అంతంత అంగలకు ఆయన పంగలు ఖచ్చితంగా నొప్పి పుట్టే ఉంటయ్ ఆ షాటుకు.
దానికి తోడుగా స్లో మోషనులో పెద్ద గుమ్మడంత జుట్టు అలల్లా తేలుతూ ఉంటే ఎంత
బావున్నాడో! ఎంత బావున్నాడో! ఎంత బావున్నాడో! ఎంత బావున్నాడో! కళ్ళు
చాలలా! సినిమా మొత్తానికి ఆ షాటు బీభత్సం.
That shot is the
highlight of the movie for senthil and for rana. Senthil wins. He stands
one step lower to Marcus, but he is in the creamy layer. He is awesome.
he is splendid. He is the awareness. he is the heart of the movie.
Salutes senthil. To you and to the photographer in you!
And now you, the reader of this post can relate narrated singeetam's
incident to the post here. If you can't , err, ehem, I have to shed pity
Thanks for reading.
Thanks for your time.