Behind camera talent getting exposure: Film editor Namrata Rao

Mumbai, Jan 24 (IANS) It was "tricky" to edit "Kahaani" that was "hinging on one twist", but as an editor Namrata Rao pulled it off so well that the thriller has won her several awards. While enjoying the recognition, she admits talent behind the camera is "getting the deserved exposure" and that she is being "paid quite a decent amount" for her work.

At 32, Rao is one of the youngest editors in Bollywood, who bagged the best editing statue at the Filmfare, Zee Cine Awards and Colors Screen Awards for "Kahaani", a Kolkata-based woman-centric thriller.

"I won three awards for 'Kahaani' and it feels good to get such recognition for your hard work. Awards matter a lot. It's a very nice feeling to hold an award," Rao told IANS in an interview.

She feels editors are getting their due.

"Getting credit for your film is very subjective. In certain kinds of films, the editor gets all the importance, but many films are completely star driven. But I feel it's balanced these days. The media has opened up and now all of us are getting the deserved exposure," she said.

While editing Sujoy Ghosh directed "Kahaani", maintaining and heightening suspense were vital, says Rao.

"I would say 'Kahaani' was the most challenging film to edit so far. The entire film hitched on a twist and the entire challenge was to hold the film till the twist comes. We worked on around 300 drafts of edits. It wasn't easy to edit 'Kahaani'. It was a complete team effort," Rao said.

She admits "Kahaani" being "very close to my heart".

"It's a very nostalgic film as I was revisiting the city where I studied filmmaking," added the editor, an alumni of Kolkata's Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute.

A Dibakar Banerjee find, Rao earlier showed her skills in "Band Bajaa Baaraat", "Ishqiya", "Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!", "Love Sex Aur Dhokha", and "Shanghai".

Explaining how she got her first break, she said: "I am a Konkani from Kerala. I was raised in Delhi as my father used to work there. Then I went to Kolkata to study filmmaking. Initially, I used to work on documentaries and I edited 'I Am the Very Beautiful'. Dibaker happened to see that film and approached me to edit his film. That's how I got my first break in showbiz."

An editor can make or break a movie.

When asked if she is happy about the way editors are being compensated, she said: "I am not sure about it. When I started as an editor, obviously, I was a fresher and I used to edit some low-budget films. And that time what I used to get paid was not too much. Now I am being paid quite a decent amount."

Although she is being compensated well, many are still struggling in the industry.

"When I give my six to eight months to a film, there is no freedom and no flexibility so, of course, we want to be paid well. It's not just about me but also for all the editors. Many of them are not able to earn what they deserve."

What is most challenging for an editor?

"The challenging part is to keep my audience engaged. These days even scripts are being edited a lot before going on the floors. The most difficult part is to hold the audiences and not let them get bored," she said.

So far Rao has edited documentaries, off beat films and commercial cinema.

Though she is not so comfortable while editing typical Bollwyood films, she enjoyed working on song and dance in Yash Raj Films (YRF).

"My first film with YRF was 'Band Baaja Baaraat' and for the first time I edited typical Bollywood songs and it was fun.

"Somewhere down the line I feel I am less eased when I come out to do mainstream cinema. I feel my work is not good at it. But editing 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' was a great experience because of Yashji (later director Yash Chopra)."

Having invested quite a few years in editing and getting a grip over the craft, Rao now plans to get into direction.

"Direction is something I am looking at, but now let's see when it happens. I enjoy telling stories so direction is definitely on cards. I have not set a time period for myself now let's see when it happens."

(Uma Ramasubramanian can be contacted at umasagit@gmail.com)

Yahoo Cricket

Most Viewed

  • Dum Laga Ke Haisha Star Bhumi Pednekar Has Lost Weight!
    Dum Laga Ke Haisha Star Bhumi Pednekar Has Lost Weight!

    Bhumi Pednekar made her Bollywood debut opposite Ayushmann Khurrana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha doesn’t actually look even tiny bit close to her character from the movie. The reason why we didn’t see Bhumi come in front of media to interact, as her character and role in the film was kept a secret from audiences. …

  • Swine flu hits Sonam, Vidhu Vinod Chopra & family
    Swine flu hits Sonam, Vidhu Vinod Chopra & family

    Actress Sonam Kapoor who was diagnosed with swine flu on Friday was moved to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. …

  • Sunny Leone Recreates Zeenat Aman’s Hot Look!
    Sunny Leone Recreates Zeenat Aman’s Hot Look!

    For her upcoming film Ek Paheli Leela, Sunny Leone has recreated Zeenat Aman’s iconic look from Satyam Shivam Sundaram where she’s shown to be wearing a white sari. Elaborating on the look, director Bobby Khan says, “The way SSS captured Zeenatji’s beauty was beautiful. When I bounced the idea off Sunny, she immediately approved. Our film has glamour but we’ve kept Indian sentiments in mind, which is why she wore a spaghetti top with her sari.” Directed by Bobby Khan starring Sunny Leone, …

  • Why Is Salman Khan Sniffing Camphor And Cinnamon?
    Why Is Salman Khan Sniffing Camphor And Cinnamon?

    We had recently reported that Sonam Kapoor has tested positive for Swineflu, and after spending a brief period at Sterling hospital in Rajkot, she has been moved to a suburban hospital in Mumbai. After Sonam was diagnosed on the sets of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, the crew has obviously been on high alert and everyone has been tested. The team is currently shooting in the garden owned by Maharani of Gondal, Kumud Kumari. …

  • Pooja Misrra Sues TV Channel: Claims 'Farah Ki Dawat' Was Her Concept
    Pooja Misrra Sues TV Channel: Claims 'Farah Ki Dawat' Was Her Concept

    The controversial Pooja Misrra, who became an overnight sensation after participating in Bigg Boss Season 5, has sued a renowned TV channel for allegedly stealing her concept of a cookery show, which is now being hosted by Farah Khan (Farah Ki Daawat). In a legal notice sent to the TV channel, which airs the show, Pooja's legal representatives have said, ''All boundaries of professionalism and decency were crossed when Colors went ahead and plagiarized 'Pooja Misrra Productions 'maiden cookery …

  • Sonam Kapoor Tests Positive For Swine Flu, Hospitalised
    Sonam Kapoor Tests Positive For Swine Flu, Hospitalised

    Actress Sonam Kapoor was recently discharged from hospital suffering from respiratory infection. Later she soon resumed back to work at Gujarat for shooting of her upcoming movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Sonam Kapoor’s mother Sunita Kapoor had visited Gujarat on Saturday and took her by air-ambulance. Watch Video Here Sonam Kapoor has been shooting with actor Salman Khan for Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo at Gondal in Gujarat from last 10 days. …

  • Oops! Sonakshi Sinha Does It Again!
    Oops! Sonakshi Sinha Does It Again!

    Sonakshi Sinha never goes out looking for trouble, because trouble usually finds her. The actress broke her hand again! Sonakshi Sinha took to her Instagram account and posted a picture of her injured hand, wrapped in pink bandage. Last night, on Friday, Varun Dhawan threw a Badlapur success bash and the actress, like a good and supporting friend, made it to the party, even with her broken hand. …

  • When Sonam Kapoor Crashed Out On The Sets Of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
    When Sonam Kapoor Crashed Out On The Sets Of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

    Seems like Actress Sonam Kapoor is having her hectic schedules these days. She is been shooting in Gujarat with actor Salman Khan for their next film of Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Take a look at the photographs of Sonam Kapoor, she just crashed out, looking so comfortable, she took a quick nap on the sets of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Sonam Kapoor has been attending various events and award shows and equally she is managing her shooting of her upcoming movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo with …

Loading...