Anil Mehta Breaks Down Five Memorable Shots From His Films, Film Companion

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Anil Mehta Breaks Down Five Memorable Shots From His Films, Film Companion

I had a different view on how the scene was to be shot. I was trying to say that we should do it with slightly jagged and stark camera moves, not with soft tracks. But Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) had these graphic images in his mind. He wanted to play it for strong compositions.

This scene is lit for drama. It’s not lit with soft lights, but hard lights. It has harsh shadows and we’ve played for contrast. If the film has opportunity for interpreting with light then you use it and in this film we did that. I take liberties when the scene needs it. This shot and the film is a great example of that approach.

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