COLUMN: LOCATION DIARY
Photos: Ganesh Raj; the actors of 'Anandam'
At 6.30 a.m., on a day in May, the young actors as well as crew of the film, 'Anandam' assembled outside the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary in South Goa. Director Ganesh Raj had a day's permission to shoot inside. But as a technician lifted the camera as well as the rig, from a bus, it slipped from his hand and fell to the asphalt from a height of 8 feet. “The rig was damaged beyond repair,” says Ganesh. Apart from that, the wire that connects the rig to the camera monitor was also damaged.
Nevertheless, Ganesh decided to go ahead. “We had spent a lot of money to get permission, so we could not afford not to shoot something,” he says. “So we shot an entire sequence, of the hero and the heroine having a conversation on bycyles, but the cinematographer, [Anend C. Chandran], could not look into the monitor. So, he could not see what he was shooting. But I provided guidance through another monitor. Somehow we managed to get some good shots.”
Thanks to all the hard work, everything went perfectly. The scene was canned in the second take itself. “We were the happiest people on the planet when we were able to pull it off,” says a smiling Ganesh.
(The New Indian Express, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode)