A big fan of both Quentin and Labyrinth, Bhardwaj has enjoyed the collaboration tremendously. The director seems afflicted by the need to use a different cinematographer for each film. Hemant Chaturvedi shot his first two, Makdee and Maqbool, Sachin K Krishn worked the camera for The Blue Umbrella and Tassaduq Hussain did Omkara. Now, it's Guillermo.
"That's because I wanted to see what each of them could do," he says, as the unit breaks to gobble samosas and continue setting up the next shot. "Now I know. It's a great learning process, working with different cinematographers. It really develops your own eye." And? "Tassaduq, I think," Vishal nods. "I loved how he approached Omkara and I think we'll do Julia together."
We talk a bit about Julia, his next film currently shrouded in secrecy, written in collaboration with Matthew Robbins, of The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. "It's an out and out entertainer," he smiles, "the kind of film people don't expect from Vishal Bhardwaj."