Cinematographer Sunita Radia always had a story to tell…she found her voice through the camera. She started her journey by assisting iconic cinematographer Binod Pradhan in legendary Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Devdas. The mesmerizing imagery of this film was as stunning and as profound as to be called poetry of frames. The next seven years were challenging as well as thrilling where she further assisted Binod Pradhan on projects like Tara Rum Pum, Munnabhai MBBS, Rang De Basanti and Heroes.
By now she was truly besotted with the medium as she saw films and their different visual interpretations being captured by the camera. Each story was unique and so was its cinematic treatment. She now knew how stories were given a visual language. Her tryst with the camera had just started. She started shooting independently Ad films and music videos with prominent directors.
Sunita got her first break as a DOP in a Feature Film Aalaap-Ek nayi Roshani. Her dreams had wings and she was hungry to do more work. Her next projects would be Jal and Saadey CM Saab. By now she was confident of her work and was growing and evolving constantly as a cinematographer. In a male-dominated world of cinematographers it was a double challenge to prove herself but she carried on unfazed, possessed with her own dreams. She loved everything about her art and was not scared to experiment.
Sunita has worked with the best in the industry and photographed prestigious projects like Ajay Devgan starrer Baadshaho, Vivek Oberoi starrer PM Narendra Modi, Nawazuddin starrer Rome Rome Mein, to name a few.
Her work has taken her to several countries and locations. Each project has its own challenges and each day on a set adds to her experience. From a girl cocooned in her ultra-conservative but loving environment at home to a confident professional commanding the camera department, Sunita has come a long way. She compares her life in Mumbai as a roller coaster ride, thrilling, exciting and scary, all at once! but she couldn’t have asked for more. From learning from legendary Binod Pradhan to working with different directors has given her ample opportunities to hone her skill as a cinematographer which she says is a perfect amalgamation of science and art.
Sunita says that her work as a cinematographer takes her through myriad emotions like sorrow, joy, love, hate and each has its own cinematic rhythm. For her, it’s very important to perceive different human emotions, harmonize with them and then only weave them into a visual tapestry. For her, every single shot is an entity on its own.
Her journey is far from complete. Sunita still calls herself a student of cinema with much to learn. Her accomplishments and successes have just added to her thirst to add soul to a story through her lenses… a perfect shot…