Renowned for his exceptional work in the KGF franchise, filmmaker Prashanth Neel continues to showcase his mastery of the craft, with the eagerly awaited Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire on the horizon. Shedding light on his distinctive visual style, Prashanth Neel recently shed light on his inclination towards dark color palettes in his movies, a signature style evident in his previous works.
In a candid discussion with film critic Baradwaj Rangan, Prashanth Neel attributed his preference for visually intense and dark themes to his Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He openly acknowledged, “The reason why KGF and Salaar look like that is that I have an OCD. I don’t like to wear clothes with too much color in them. I think it’s just a reflection of my personality on the screen.”
Delving into the cinematography aspect, Prashanth mentioned the occasional divergence of views with Bhuvan Gowda, the cinematographer who tends to approach film sequences with a grey color palette. Reflecting on the impact of this creative choice, he pondered, “I have started to realize that it’s probably a very good thing or a very bad thing.”
Addressing comparisons between Salaar and KGF, Prashanth Neel acknowledged the discussions about their similarities. However, he defended the choice, emphasizing that Salaar’s narrative demanded a dimly-lit environment to convey its gritty and dramatic essence. He clarified, “We wanted it to be gritty. Though it was starting to replicate a little bit of what I did in KGF, I still stuck with it because it was going with the drama of the movie. I did not want to change that because of the opinions. (The dark visual tone) goes with the mood of the story.”
Salaar: Part 1 – Ceasefire, featuring Prabhas in the lead role, boasts a stellar cast and is set to hit the big screens on December 22, adding excitement to the cinematic landscape just after the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s much-anticipated film Dunki on December 21.
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