Acclaimed Bollywood cinematographer W.B. Rao, who worked on films like “Hum“, “Khuda Gawah” and “Rangeela”, passes away on Tuesday. An official of Western Indian Cinematographer’s Association (WICA) confirmed the news. He died at the Bhartiya Arogya Nidhi Hospital, where he was admitted in the ICU, the official said. Filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan mourned his death on Twitter.
“WB Rao, the much respected and revered cinematographer is no more. Hum, Khuda Gawah and Rangeela were my personal favourites,” Sivan tweeted.
— Sangeeth Sivan (@sangeethsivan) January 16, 2018
Rao had been a part of the film industry for over four decades. . He started his career in the late 1960s as an assistant cinematographer to Pravin Bhatt. After that, he went on to collaborate with several directors actors like David Dhawan, Ram Gopal Varma, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Juhi Chawla. From films like Hum (1991) to the Salman Khan starrer, Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (2006), Rao was a constant presence behind the camera.
As a technician, Rao was respected for his use of lights and colours, and held a senior position at the Western Indian Cinematographer’s Association (WICA).He even worked for films like “Raja Hindustani”, “Judwaa”, “Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega” and “Dhadkan”.
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