Dhaakad director Raneesh Ghai took THIS long to secure Japanese cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata

Dhaakad is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Razneesh Ghai in his directorial debut starring Kangana Ranaut and Arjun Rampal.

Dhaakad, Kangana Ranaut’s next spy thriller, has been generating buzz for quite some time. After all, it’s unusual for an Indian film to feature a femme fatale. The trailer for the film has also received excellent feedback for its technically sound approach, cutting-edge action, and production design.

The film’s cinematography has also gotten some attention. What went into convincing the man behind it to sign on, director Razneesh ‘Razy’ Ghai told the Bombay Times.


Razy said, “70-year-old Japanese cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata has shot the film. He is a legend and I am a huge fan of his work. He has never done a Hindi film before. It took me one month to convince him. We had countless sessions where I would explain the scenes and he would tell me what was going on in his head. La Vie en Rose is one of my favorite films and he has shot that. That film is visual poetry. After I started working with him I realized how much more I need to learn about lighting. I learnt from the Japanese and the Thais that either you respect what you do or you don’t do it.”