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The Management of Shadows
138 minutes | Hindi, English | English Subtitles
Having worked as a Cinematographer for most of his adult life, Hemant Chaturvedi always felt that the stalwarts of his profession rarely got the recognition that they deserved. While leaving his career after 30 years in filmmaking, he decided to approach 14 cinematographers and to travel with them on their journeys as creative professionals. He wanted to understand the universal ethics, aesthetics and morality that are quickly vanishing from his profession, but were steadfast in a previous generation of professionals.
This documentary is a series of interviews with these 14 cinematographers, on a variety of profession-related subjects and issues, with questions that are relatable to everyone in a creative field. It is the first documentary of its kind, covering subjects that are often and almost everyone in this film has never ever been interviewed before, with the depth and honesty you will experience when you watch the film.
Hemant Chaturvedi spent over 30 years working as a cinematographer in Mumbai, before moving away from that profession in 2015. His cinematography credits include films like Company, Makdee, Maqbool, 15 Park Avenue, Ishaqzaade, Kurbaan, Brothers, and even an animation film called Arjun The Warrior Prince.
He returned to full time still photography and now works on his own projects, which range from Dhrupad Gurukuls, his project for the sesquicentennial of his Alma Mater, St.Xavier’s College Mumbai, to the photo documentation of India’s single screen cinema heritage, and documenting old British era cemeteries, abandoned Hindu idols etc.
The Single Screen Cinemas Project is the largest photo-documentation ever attempted on a subject like this anywhere in the world. Hemant has driven around 35,000km alone in his jeep, and after visiting 15 states and over 800 towns, he has photographed around 950 single screen cinema theatres.