Making his debut with Meyaadha Maan, cinematographer Vidhu Ayyana proved his mettle by showcasing both classy and slum-side lifestyles, with different color tones and grades of richness. However, in his sophomore outing LKG which is a political satire, Vidhu would have had a different set of challenges to work on. We got in touch with the man himself just as the film hits the screens, asking him about his journey with RJ Balaji and the entire team.
“It was indeed a big changeover for me from Meyaadha Maan to LKG. The latter is more of a mainstream film, while in Meyaadha Maan, I wanted to break the walls between the film and the audiences, and help them spend time with the characters. From my side, I had to improvise a lot for LKG, for example – the scene where we had to mock Modi’s challenge. When you see the film, you will realize how many frames have been recreated from the original video. This way, the viewer will be able to connect to the proceedings better. We also had the challenges like zooming up a small crowd and projecting it like a big one, and so on. We shot for about 36 days, and I can assure you that I learnt something new every day” he said.
Vidhu also recalled his time with politician-turned-actor Nanjil Sampath, who plays RJ Balaji’s father in the film. “One person who frequently made laugh on the sets was Nanjil Sampath sir. RJ Balaji once told me that sir had continuously spoken on stage for 9 hours in order to engage the audiences, during a political meeting. It was quite surprising for me to see such a person walk into cinema, and learn it all from scratch. I really enjoyed his innocence on the sets, I’m pretty sure he will bag many more opportunities in the near future.”
LKG has now hit the screens worldwide, opening to positive reviews from both the critics and the audiences. Directed by Prabhu, the film stars RJ Balaji, Priya Anand, Nanjil Sampath, JK Ritheesh and others.