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Barfi!, Jagga Jasoos fame lensman Ravi Varman on board Indian 2

Popular lensman Ravi Varman will be part of Shankar-directed Indian 2, which will star Kamal Haasan. It will mark Varman’s third collaboration with Haasan after Vettaiyaadu Villayadu and Dasavatharam.

regional movies Updated: Oct 25, 2017 12:38 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Leading Indian cinematographer Ravi Varman has shot films like Barfi!, Jagga Jasoos, Kaatru Veliyidai and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.

Popular lensman Ravi Varman, whose latest work includes Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai, apart from being part of Bollywood biggies such as Barfi and Jagga Jasoos, is the first major addition to the crew of Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2. According to reliable sources, Varman let go of Chiranjeevi’s upcoming period epic Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy to accept the offer to be part of Indian 2, which will reunite Haasan with director Shankar after two decades. This will be Varma’s second outing with Shankar as they have previously worked in Tamil blockbuster Anniyan.

The project will mark Varman’s third collaboration with Haasan after Vettaiyaadu Villayadu and Dasavatharam. A source from the film’s unit said Varman has high regards for both Shankar and Kamal Haasan. Therefore, he didn’t want to miss out an opportunity to work in a project that features both of them. All it took to convince Varman was a call from Shankar and he jumped at the opportunity without even taking a second to think. He had to walk out of Chiranjeevi’s project and cinematographer Rathnavelu has been brought in as his replacement.

Earlier this month, Indian 2 was officially announced at the grand finale of Tamil Bigg Boss. The sequel is slated to go on the floors next year and it will mark the return of Haasan as the freedom fighter turned vigilante Senapathy, the role which the actor popularised as Indian thatha. Apparently, Kamal will shed weight for the role and a special trainer will be flown down from the US for him to help him achieve the goal. He will start the weight loss programme from November. The project was announced with Dil Raju as the producer. However, last week Lyca Productions took over the reins of the film after AM Rathnam, original producer of Indian, demanded royalty for the title, forcing producer Raju to exit the project. The film, which will have music by AR Rahman, will be made as a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu.

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First Published: Oct 25, 2017 12:37 IST