Veteran cinematographer PC Sreeram has worked across different film industries in a career spanning four decades and his work speaks volumes of his talent. He is currently associated with the Malayalam film Praana, which has Nithya Menen playing the lead role. Directed by VK Prakash, Praana is produced by Suresh Raj, Praveen S Kumar and Anita Raj. The film has been scripted by Rajesh Jayaraman with PC Sreeram cranking the camera and Oscar-winning sound engineer Resul Pookkutty being the sound designer while Louis Banks scores the music.
On associating with director VK Prakash for this project, PC Sreeram recently told Deccan Chronicle in an interview, “I take whichever projects interest me, irrespective of the language, be it Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada or Hindi. My sole criterion is the director’s passion towards the project. That has driven my journey all these years. I found that passion in VK Prakash for Praana that has a very strong content. The powerful script tempted me to undertake the film; the script has always determined my involvement in a film.”
About Praana’s story, PC Sreeram revealed that Nithya Menen plays a writer in it and her role is meaty, with the entire film resting on her shoulders. PC Sreeram was quoted as saying, “It is about a writer who goes through the struggles of writing. VK Prakash did not want any dark frames and since it is a one-artist film with surround live sounds, the associated sounds will give one the feeling of being there.”
Nithya Menen’s intense look in the first look poster of the film suggested that she has bagged a performance-oriented role yet again. Praana is an experimental film and the first in India to be made in the Surround Sync Sound format, thanks to the efforts of Resul Pookutty.
PC Sreeram is an acclaimed cinematographer and director, having won numerous awards including the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Nayakan, Nandi Award for Best Cinematographer for Geethanjali, and the Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South for Alaipayuthey. It may be noted that PC Sreeram is returning to Mollywood after more than 33 years, his last project being Koodum Thedi in 1985.
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