Manohar Joshi is a photographer-turned-cinematographer. During his college days, Manohar was a photography enthusiast who used to compete in several photography competitions, often winning a lot of prizes. In 2007, his friend convinced him to do the cinematography of a new documentary. Manohar’s confidence in himself and his work increased, when he realized that the work turned out very well. This was the incident that led him to choose cinematography as a career option after college. His first film was titled ‘Nan Life Alli’.
Eventhough he worked selflessly for this film; it was not released due to issues between the makers of the film. Misfortune followed him as his second venture- ‘Cyber YugadholNavayuvaMadhuraPremakavyam’ did not gain much attention from the audience. However, there was one favorable outcome that came out of his second film. Kannada film director Suni saw that the cinematography in ‘Cyber YugadholNavayuvaMadhuraPremakavyam’ was exceptional and hence decided to call him for an interview.
Manohar had to his credit, a few well-received documentaries, and short films that he had shot during his college life. These films were successful in impressing the director who hired him as the cinematographer for the film- ‘SimplagOndu Love Story’-amiably abbreviated as ‘SOLS’. The film was a huge hit and even to an uninitiated observer, it was clear that the magic of the camera work was the charm of the film. After ‘SOLS’, Manohar started receiving a lot of films, and he was able to sign a lot of contracts including that of films like ‘
’, ’Tubelight’ etc. Apart from cinematography, he has even ventured into the field of direction and production but has returned to cinematography since it is his passion and topmost priority.
Being a committed ‘artist with the camera’, Manohar has his opinions about the ways in which the Sandalwood film industry functions. He thinks that for an industry which is rapidly growing, it is stubborn about its decision not to experiment with new technology. He comments that the current technology used in the industry lags behind from the film industries of other countries by almost ten years and that the unwillingness to multi-task and the comforts of cliché are the factors which mold this general ignorance of new technology.