August 29, 2015
When cinematographer Ramesh Kumar, called Rammy by friends, was scheduled to meet the legendary film maker Ram Gopal Varma (RGV for the first time, he was indeed nervous. But as it turned out, it became an alliance that would last for two movies.
‘Yamirukke Bayamey’ was Rammy’s first movie as cinematographer. His work impressed many and the meeting with RGV happened. “I guess I was in the right place at the right time,” Rammy says.
RGV’s psychological thriller ‘Secret’ was Rammy’s first movie with RGV. It will be released in December. The story revolves around extra marital affairs and stars Tisca Chopra, Makarand Deshpande, Meera Chopra and Kainaat Arora are part of the movie.
“I was very nervous but RGV was calm and composed. I had heard a lot about him. But not
everything they said was true,” says Rammy.
Now, RGV and Rammy have teamed up again for ‘Killing Veerappan’. “This is not a movie on the
life of Veerappan. It is about the operation to kill him,” says Rammy.
It was pouring in Hubli when the crew landed up there. “The rain was not part of the script. But it rained non-stop for 10 days. We took considerable risks. We had to ask the local people to guide us and they were very helpful,” says Rammy.
The team also shot at Bengaluru, Visakapattinam and Thalakonnam near Tirupathi for the movie. Thirty-five days of work has already been canned for ‘Killing Veerappan’.
Rammy was in Coimbatore recently and held a workshop for visual communication students at Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science. Rammy is from Dhali near Udumalpet. He studied at the LV Prasad Academy.
‘Killing Veerappan’ is shot in Kannada and Hindi. It will also be dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. Before he was cinematographer, Rammy assisted ace cameraman Arvind Krishna, who had shot 7G Rainbow Colony and Pudhupettai, both director Selvaraghavan’s movies. Rammy assisted him for Kuselan, Theeratha Vilayaatu Pillai, and Poi Solla Porom, before getting his first break. He was Assistant Cameraman for about four years.
It is a digital era and most films are shot on digital. “Shankar’s ‘I’ was one of the rare movies shot on film partially,” says Rammy.