Rajkumar CJ talks about his latest book, Pixel, and what Pondicherry means to him
Cinematographer Rajkumar C J is all set to showcase his new book on a subject that he is most passionate about. Having worked on Tamil movies like Kanavu Meippada Vendum, Mann, Periyar, Sattam Oru Iruttarai and Summa Natchunnu Irukku, his book Pixel explores digital cinematography and throws light on how Tamil cinema has evolved over the past few years. An earlier book from him, Asaiyum Padam, was a Tamil guide to cinematography, with original illustrations. Admitting that Pondicherry remains one of his favourite shooting spots, he tells us why:
Beach: I know a lot of movies have been shot there, but the beach is incredibly beautiful, with the waves crashing against the rocks. It is best suited for romantic movies.
Streets of Pondicherry: They are always refreshing, with their old world charm. We shot a couple of scenes for Sattam Oru Iruttarai here, but did not use them.
French town: I like the architecture. You can see the play of light and shadow on these streets. At noon, there are shadows that create a pattern and this is a treat to photographers and cinematographers.