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Bollywood's colour therapy

Bollywood's colour therapy

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 02:03 IST

Bollywood is looking great with colour therapy, quite literally. With filmmakers paying more attention to the look of the movie, colour has assumed added significance. Movies today have a strong presence of one colour throughout the length of the film, which adds to the total impact. The latest release Chup Chup Ke has a summery feel with a predominance of white and pastel shades, while another new film, Sacred Evil brought forth the movie’s theme with the preponderance of black, red and orange. And Sanjay Gupta has actually mastered this colour art as was evident in Kaante, Musafir and Zinda. Similarly, Sanjay Leela Bhansali celebrated red in his Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and went black in Black.

Total appeal

The idea is to enhance the visual appeal of the film without looking tacky. And that’s where the cinematographer steps in. Explains Tirru, cinematographer of films like Hey Ram and Chup Chup Ke, “Chup Chup Ke is about soft human emotions, so we used pastels in a white background throughout the movie.” Says Abhigyan Jha about Sacred Evil, “We washed off all the skin tones except shades of red to emphasise the evilness in the protagonist’s life.”

Though it’s the visual appeal of the film that benefits the most, colour coordination lifts the narrative too. The point was driven home quite well with films like Black and even Lagaan which had a rust touch to its frames throughout, emphasising the rural setting of the movie.

The finer points

To modulate a film’s tonal value, either the Digital Intermediate (DI) or the conventional Analogue method is used. For Black and Musafir, where a monochromatic colour tone was followed, the correction was mostly done on the computer (DI) and not at the shooting stage, but in films like Lagaan, Chup Chup Ke and the soon to be released Onir’s Bas Ek Pal, the coordination was followed even during the shoot and both the methods were employed. Onir, in fact, had a particular colour thought out for each of the characters in his movie and maintained it throughout. So, are you enjoying it?