KFF spotlight on India’s oldest cinematographer
As a new strategy to strip the Kolkata Film Festival (KFF) of its glamour potential by bringing in beautiful stars of Bengali and Hindi cinema to light the inaugural lamp, the 16th KFF decided to do something different.
It invited 95-year-old Ramananda Sengupta, the oldest living cinematographer of Indian cinema, to light the inaugural lamp in a way to felicitate him.
“The environment in those days was ideal to learn on the job when film schools did not exist in our country. I became an expert in managiing and controlling trolleys and other camera equipment so much that I would be called if any technical problem arose,” he says.
He worked without any remuneration for two-and-a-half years at a stretch. He became assistant cameraman in 1939 and his first independent work began with the Hindi film Asha.