'Bajirao Mastani' could've been shot better: Sudeep Chatterjee

Posted: 8 years ago

'Bajirao Mastani' Could've Been Shot Better: Sudeep Chatterjee

By IANS

Published: 04th February 2016 12:38 AM

Last Updated: 04th February 2016 12:38 AM

MUMBAI: Cinematographer Sudeep Chaterjee says if he had got more time for "Bajirao Mastani", he would have shot the movie in a bigger and better manner.

Chatterjee denied that the film took two years to make as suggested by reports.

"We shot for 217 days, the shooting was spread a little over a year. We shot from October to October (2014-15). A film of this scale requires that kind of time. I think we were short of time. I wish we had a little more time to shoot, we could've shot aspects little bigger and better," he said.

A lot of things he created for the film were from his imagination as very little historical references for the Peshwa era was available.

But he visited the interior regions of Maharashtra, to understand the architecture.

"Bajirao Mastani" was the second time Chatterjee collaborated with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, after the Hrithik Roshan-starrer "Guzaarish".

The two had first met on the sets of Vidhu Vinod Chopra's "1942 - A Love Story", where Bhansali was an assistant director, and Chatterjee was an apprentice to ace cinematographer Binod Pradhan.

"I don't think any other director gives me the freedom that Sanjay gives. He has this wonderful approach where he narrates the film to me. We spend a lot of time just talking about the film," he said.

He said Bhansali would talk about the music, characters and numerous other aspects of the film with him and would ask how he visualised those factors into the film.

After intense discussions, they would make numerous changes, sometimes even as the sets are built and even after the shooting would start.

Chatterjee is eager to work with Bhansali again and considers him one of his "most favourite directors".

"The process is so dynamic, that's the fun of working with Sanjay. The collaboration is very enriching, there is a lot of positivity in that because continuously you feel that you're creating something that matters. You feel there is somebody who is like a true artist, who is standing by you. It's a great atmosphere to be in." he said.

Chatterjee won the Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography for "Chak De! India" and has also worked on films such as "Iqbal", "Kaminey", "Baby" and "Dhoom 3" among others.

Posted: 8 years ago
How much more better could they have shot this masterpiece. Anymore better and it would have gone straight to the Oscars. πŸ˜†
Posted: 8 years ago
Originally posted by -GameOfThrones-


How much more better could they have shot this masterpiece. Anymore better and it would have gone straight to the Oscars. πŸ˜†
πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
Posted: 8 years ago
Originally posted by -GameOfThrones-


How much more better could they have shot this masterpiece. Anymore better and it would have gone straight to the Oscars. πŸ˜†

masterpiece ke pieces ab nikal kar bahar aa rahe hainπŸ˜†πŸ˜†
Posted: 8 years ago
I just felt one thing after watching the movie...
It could have been divided into 2 parts just like baahubali... ..first part concentrating on the love story with climax ending at PC confronting part in the mirror and burning it... war scenes could have been lot better if they made into 2 parts
Posted: 8 years ago
Originally posted by -GameOfThrones-


How much more better could they have shot this masterpiece. Anymore better and it would have gone straight to the Oscars. πŸ˜†
πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
Posted: 8 years ago
Originally posted by blue-ice



masterpiece ke pieces ab nikal kar bahar aa rahe hainπŸ˜†πŸ˜†
sahi kaha πŸ˜›
Posted: 8 years ago
If anything is not appealing in BM that's not cinematography at least, whatever some people might say here!!!!! πŸ˜†
Sudeep has done a great job in . Some people are not easily complacent about their own work. They thrive for more and that's why they create masterpiece. Sudeep is definitely one of them. πŸ˜Š
Posted: 8 years ago
Originally posted by rombixsaturn


I just felt one thing after watching the movie...
It could have been divided into 2 parts just like baahubali... ..first part concentrating on the love story with climax ending at PC confronting part in the mirror and burning it... war scenes could have been lot better if they made into 2 parts

Yes!

I agree, I felt like there was too much content and not enough time to give the film enough depth. The Bajirao-Mastani track was rushed and underdeveloped. I didnt even finish my popcorn before they fell in love πŸ˜†
Posted: 8 years ago
Originally posted by Shaitan-Haiwan



Yes!

I agree, I felt like there was too much content and not enough time to give the film enough depth. The Bajirao-Mastani track was rushed and underdeveloped. I didnt even finish my popcorn before they fell in love πŸ˜†

glad to see someone thinking like me...

yeah I felt the same the love story is so rushed that many misunderstood mastani's character. 


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