The recent death of V. K. Murthy, veteran cinematographer of old Hindi cinema and the man who brought to life Guru Dutt’s cinematic vision in such enduring works as Mr and Mrs 55, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool, and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, confirmed the collaborative nature of the medium. While it is true that a film—made in celluloid and now, overwhelmingly in video—usually has to be the vision of a single creator (they used to be called auteurs or authors by the champion