Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The unknown soldiers of cinema”

Baradwaj Rangan

A small attempt at a redress for those who did interesting, innovative, things but remain forgotten by the establishment.

VK Murthy’s demise brought forth a number of justly deserved tributes, and many of them focused (rightly) on his work with Guru Dutt. They spoke about the visuals in Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool and the title song of Chaudhvin Ka Chand (not directed by Dutt, but produced by him). However these films are regarded in the future, there will be no debate about Murthy’s work in them. And yet, in one corner of my mind, the part that likes to play devil’s advocate, I began to wonder if Murthy would have been as respected, as worshipped, if the filmmaker he’d collaborated with most frequently had been, say, Raj Kapoor. This isn’t just about Murthy. What I’m trying to say applies to someone like Subrata Mitra as well. Had Mitra…

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