100 Years of Indian Cinema: Famous Cinematographers

A cinematographer is the person in command over the camera crews working on a movie. Lets have a look on some notable Cinematographers in India.
Created On: Oct 26, 2013 14:00 IST
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A cinematographer is the person in command over the camera crews working on a movie. Lets have a look on some notable Cinematographers in India.



We can entitle him as “Father of Cinematographers”, mainly as he made an ardent dynamism to the spectators. For example, “Kuruthipunal” was a stunning success and was also preferred for Oscar Awards as the authorized entrance from India in the year 1996. Not only in Kuruthipunal, he had also overwhelmed the addressees with Geethanjali and Mounaragam. His flair made him a reputable cinematographer in Bollywood as well.



He is a famous cinematographer and is one of the favorites of Priyadharshan (Director). He has recurrently teamed up with major Indian filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Priyadarshan. Ravi K. Chandran has bagged 1 Southern Filmfare Award and 2 Filmfare Awards during his career.



Anil Mehta is a cinematographer, director and writer of Indian films. He studied cinematography at Film and Television Institute of India. He has shot many hits such as Khamoshi: The Musical, Lagaan, Veer-Zaara and Saathiya. His 1st feature film was Aaja Nachle. It was produced by the Yash Raj banner. It was released on November 9, 2007; the movie stars were Madhuri Dixit, Akshaye Khanna, Kunal Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma. He bagged National Film Award for the Best Cinematography for his piece of work in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.



Balu Mahendra is an Indian filmmaker, cinematographer and screenwriter broadly considered as part of the milieu in a beckon of screenwriters and directors from Chennai film industry who invigorated Tamil cinema. He primarily developed an early interest in the field of photography. Balu Mahendra is a cinematography graduate and a gold medalist from FTII. He began his film profession as a cameraman for Malayalam movie Nellu in the year 1974, which made him earn the best cinematographer award from Kerala Government. He has been chosen as the best cinematographer for as many as 10 films. He led the way for inventive camera approach for colour in Southern India. He has won 5 National Film Awards and 3 Filmfare Awards South for the Best Director. 



S. Ravi Varman is Cinematographer, Producer, Film Maker and Writer. He has shot many esteemed movies in Indian languages of Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, English and Malayalam. Recognized for his pragmatic picturization and elegiac framing intellect, Ravi Varman commenced his career in Malayalam movies. A renowned writer in Tamil fiction and non-fiction, he had also directed a romantic movie in Tamil named Moscowin Kavery. He had also filmed the music record for the song named "Bird Flu" by a British Tamil song writer M.I.A.



S. Tirru is a cinematographer of Indian Tamil film industry, focusing in advertising and documentaries. His movies are in the Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil languages. He has worked for the experienced cinematographer P. C. Sriram & for Kamal Hassan. He became fascinated towards photography during his study in college. He supported his cousin who was a dentist by profession in his fervor for nature photography. He got married to an architect who was based in Chennai and had 2 children. He also co - wrote the screen play of Malayalam film Mission, Ninety Days together with the director Major Ravi.



Santosh Sivan was born in Trivandrum, Kerala in India. He is an Indian cinematographer, actor, producer and film director recognized for his all-embracing work in Indian cinema. He graduated from FTII and went on to carrying out 41 documentaries and 45 features. He was a founder member of the ISC (Indian Society of Cinematographers) and is the highly prized director of photography in India. The optimum cinematographer in India, Santosh Sivan has turned out to be the 1st Director of photography in Asia Pacific to be honored the esteemed American Society of Cinematographer’s membership. He was honored the National Film Awards for the Best Cinematography 4 times, for the movies Kaalapani, Perumthachan, Dil Se and Iruvar.



Kamal Bose was a cinematographer from India who shot multiple Bimal Roy classics, counting Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Devdas, Sujata and Bandini. He successfully evolved into the colored film period and shot Janbaaz, Dayavan and Qurbani. All through his career, he bagged Filmfare Award for the Best Cinematographer record 5 times for Anokhi Raat, Bandini, Khamoshi, Dharmatma and Dastak.



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