There’s No Film a Man Can Shoot & I Can’t: Airlift DOP Priya Seth
Priya Seth, the cinematographer of Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift, is in a happy daze, thanks to all the appreciation that the film has received since its release. Many consider her to be a woman doing a man’s job. But she couldn’t disagree more. In an exclusive and candid chat with The Quint, Priya talks about what a dream it was to work with Akshay Kumar and that there’s no such thing as a ‘physical’ or ‘masculine’ film. What a man can shoot, she can too.
Airlift has truly been one of the most incredible experiences. Every film is incredible at one level, but we had the best crew that one could possibly have, we had the best set of actors. So the working environment was so stimulating, energetic, very exciting and very on edge.Priya Seth, Airlift cinematographer
Having worked with Raja before, she was a natural choice for the Akshay Kumar starrer, not just because of the comfort level they share, but more so because he has a deep rooted conviction in her abilities to translate his vision onto film.
Having said that, she does feel that the opportunities for women out there are fewer as compared to men. She’s glad that Airlift has got this ‘gender’ conversation going.
But did that ever keep her from pursuing a career as a cinematographer? Hell no!
I was very aware that I was picking a profession that’s going to be difficult gender wise. Did it ever stop me from thinking that I wanted to pursue it? No, it didn’t. That’s never been the kind of person I am, or the kind of family I’ve grown up in. So it was like ok I’m a girl, fine, now let’s move on.Priya Seth
The one thing that Priya’s sure of, the gender debate aside, is that you have to be nuts to be in the business of making films. Now that’s something that’s hard to dispute.
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