Vishnu Thandassery plans switch to cinematography

DECCAN CHRONICLE | ARAVIND K.S.
Published Jul 28, 2015, 5:28 am IST
Updated Jan 10, 2016, 8:50 am IST
The young lensman is excited about working with Fahadh in Ayal Njanalla
Vishnu with Nivin, Dulquer and Fahadh
 Vishnu with Nivin, Dulquer and Fahadh

Right from his school days, photography was his passion. This was the main reason he chose to do a diploma course in multimedia, instead of a degree course. That decision became a turning point in his life and now, he is one of the leading still photographers in M’town.

Vishnu Thandassery, who has captured the location stills of around 11 films in the last four years, is the lensman of Fahadh Faasil’s new outing Ayal Njanalla and Anil Radhakrishnan Menon’s Lord Livingston 7000 Kandi.

 

Vishnu’s debut as an independent photographer in Mollywood was through V.K. Prakash’s Fahadh Faasil film Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla.

“I was introduced to VKP sir by Saji chettan, who was one of the associates in that film. Both of us had earlier worked in Mallu Singh, when I was assisting Sinat Xavier. It was while working in that film, that I got acquainted with Fahadh chettan. He liked my work and it was through him, I got chance to work in Ayal Njanalla,” says Vishnu, who snapped the continuity stills of Fahadh’s North 24 Katham, Bangalore Days and Mariyam Mukku.

Location is a major element which defines the quality as well as the beauty of the picture. Vishnu is lucky as majority of his films were shot in different parts of the country. 

“Most of Ayal Njanalla was shot in Gujarat. It is in fact a new place for me. I had enough scope to try out something different as major portion of the film was shot outdoors,” says Vishnu who was the still photographer of films like Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, Bangalore Days, Chandrettan Evideya, Iyobinte Pusthakam and North 24 Katham, which were shot in different landscapes.

Vishnu, who considers cinematographer Sameer Thahir and still photographer Roshan as his mentors, is now all set to try his luck in cinematography.

“It was by assisting Roshan chettan in Nidra, I entered the industry. Sameerikka was the cinematographer for that film and it was through him, I got the first break in Neelakasham  Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi. Now, I am planning to study cinematography, which is also my passion, by joining as an assistant to Sameerikka,” says the 24 -year-old lensman.

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