Cinematographer G.S. Bhasker, who was in Mangalore lately to launch a four-day film anniversary organized by Sahamatha Movie Society, began as a modest box cameraman, worked for managers such as Sai Paranjpe, Sadananda Suvarna,
Girish Kasaravalli, T.S. Nagabharana,
Nagesh Kukunoor, and M.S. Sathyu. A formation of the Film and Goggle-box Organization of Pune, he was in the second lens unit of Richard Attenborough for his flick Gandhi.
He has aided cameraman A.K. Bir in four movies. He ponders Paranjpe's Disha as his major work. ‘Toiling on Gandhi was my first real experience to filming’ tells G.S. Bhaskar, well-known camera handler, stood hushed for a minute after he heard the news of performer manager Richard Attenborough, the man who created Gandhi. Mr. Bhaskar labored as the second unit cameraperson on the various Academy Award-winning movies and motivated by Mr. Attenborough.
Narrating how he became related to Gandhi, Mr. Bhaskar said that it was his counselor at the Film and TV Institute of India (FTTI), A.K. Bir, who familiarized him to the scheme. It was his first real contact to filming, and his real education began then, he recalled. He vibrantly recollects the way Mr. Attenborough captured the section of Gandhi’s memorial procession on January 31, 1981. He had made intricate arrangements to re-enact the commemorative march on the 33rd bicentennial of the event.
Everything was studied accurately and prepared. As many as twelve cameras were used to seize the sea of humankind. Practices were led for nearly 15 days to avoid one camera traversing over the other. Lens units were informed with a route map with minute details, as it was the biggest crowd sight in film record with over 4,00,000 people contributing, he narrated. Mr. Bhaskar recalled how Mr. Attenborough individuallycommanded
Martin Sheen, who played imported correspondent Vince Walker, throughout the filming of the Salt March.
He exceptionally recalled the section where Walker tales Gandhi’s followers objecting his custody by allowing themselves to be viciously beaten by militias at Dharasana Salt Works. “Though associate managers were in control of the scene, Mr. Attenborough, himself being a much-admired performer, would interfere to instruct Mr. Sheen to get a physical feel for the act,” he said. Mr. Attenborough definitely not worried about grading.
Scores of Indians were part of this Nationwide Film Expansion Organization of India scheme, and he made sure everybody on set was happy. Mr. Bhaskar has worked on flicks such as Papeeha, Disha, Saaz, Tabarana Kathe,
Hyderabad Blues, Ijjodu, Kurmavatara, and Amrutha Ghalige.