Twice the winner of National Film Award in the category of Best Cinematography, Ashok Mehta is a notable Indian film cinematographer. His famous works include movies like Bandit Queen, Utsav, Ram Lakhan, etc. He has worked with prolific mainstream Bollywood directors such as Aparna Sen, Mukul Anand, Subhash Ghai and Shyam Benegal. Most of his films have been critically acclaimed for one aspect or the other.

At the age of 14, Ashok ran away from home to find his place in this big wide world. He came to Mumbai, the city of dreams, to find his own dream. With no money, no place to go and no acquaintances in this big city, he survived alone by taking up jobs as an egg vendor or fruit seller. He entered the film industry as a canteen boy. Young, ambitious and determined Ashok then went on to become an office boy in the industry. He made his way to becoming a camera attendant during which time he learned the operations of a camera and how to make use of it to make the scene perfect. After almost ten years of struggle and living on the edge, he finally got his break at being a director of photography. At the age of 25, he received his first breakthrough as a cinematographer for Raj Marbros' The Witness. The then reigning star of Bollywood, Shashi Kapoor, was greatly impressed with his work and thus offered him his next production - 36 Chowringhee Lane. His work soon caught the eye of the leading filmmakers of the industry.

However, it was only after actress Rakhee suggested his name for Subhash Ghai's mega-project Ram Lakhan, which he was brought on board. His cinematography showed the Indian cinema a new and intriguing style of shooting and lighting. Ashok Mehta was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012. During his treatment for cancer, he was also diagnosed with a brain tumor. He underwent surgery for the tumor and intensive treatment for cancer, but lost the battle for life on 15th August, 2012. Despite his illness, he never stopped working. In fact, Ashok Mehta wanted to shoot a series of 13 documentaries about cinematographers. He won several awards such as the Silver Lotus Award, Bengal's Film Journalists' Award and awards for Best Cinematography.

Hemant Chaturvedi Hindi Actor

Hemant Chaturvedi

Hemant Chaturvedi is a brilliant cinematographer from India who has been working extensively for more than 20-years in the Hindi industry. His first critically acclaimed film was the box-office hit film, Company by Ram Gopal Varma in 2002; followed by two consecutive films by Vishal Bhardwaj. One is the Indian horror film, Makdee and the other one is the crime drama film, Maqbool from where he received acclaim. In 2005, he worked with the English-language Indian film, 15 Park Avenue by Aparna Sen and subsequently worked as a cinematographer in the Hindi film, Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota and the Bollywood mystery film, ‘Anthony Kaun Hai?’ in 2006. He has done the 2007 Hindi short film, Positive by Farhan Akhtar and later worked in the anthology film, Dus Kahaniyaan. His cinematography received positive reviews for his work in the Bollywood crime drama film, Kurbaan in 2009. In year 2012, he works in the romantic drama film, Ishaqzaade by Habib Faisal and the animated film, Arjun: The Warrior Prince. This year, he works for the film, Dekh Tamasha Dekh and Watchdogs. Recently, he did the comedy drama film, Ungli by Rensil D’Silva. Hemant is currently filming Karan Malhorta’s film, Brothers which is set to release in year 2015.Prior to all these, Hemant also worked as a production assistant in the 1994 documentary film, Street Musicians of Bombay. In 2011, the promising cinematographer will supposedly work with the Tamil gangster-thriller film, Billa II but he was later opted out since the film is being delayed at that time.Hemant also done a variety of television shows including the Rendevouz with Simi Gareal in 1997 and the very popular game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati. He also did several commercials ads including the Vasan Eye Care: Happiness Begins Here – Makhan Singh. Hemant also worked with actress and director, Nandita Das in three part 60-seconds film that promotes education for underprivileged children in association with UNICEF and Commissioned by the Social Initiative Group of ICCI.This year, he was associated by the Whistling Woods International in Mumbai and they conducted a Digital Cinematography workshop.

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Rajiv Menon

Rajiv Menon is one of the most acknowledged, talented cinematographer in India. He was born and brought up in Kerala, Kochi in a singing influential family as his mother Kalyani Menon was a famous Tamil and Malayali playback singer. From cinematography to script writing to Ad films making, Menon has excellence in every pursuit, On 5th, may 2006 he launched a filmmaking institute in Chennai called “Mind Screen Film Institute,” where the first specialized course to be offered is ‘Learning Cinematography.' Rajiv Menon joined the Film and Television Institute of Chennai in 1981, to study cinematography. In 1984, he went to America to train under cinematographer Garret Brown, best known for his invention of the Stead cam. He started off his career with Ad making and then he became friends with music maestro A.R Rehman and together this duo has given jingles for the brands like Airtel, Raymonds, Coca-cola, later in early 90’s he started his career as a full-fledged cinematographer. His breakthrough was Mani Ratnam’s great hit “BOMBAY” and after Bombay, Menon’s work just got appreciated, and accredited. He Joined with Mani Ratnam and worked as a cinematographer in Guru, and Kadal. He has also worked with critically acclaimed directors such as Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad. The movie Minsara Kanavu (1997) was his both directorial and acting debut as he has done a cameo role in the film. This movie was not just critically acclaimed, but also was a great commercial hit. This movie also bagged him the National Award and after this in the year (2000) he made his second film Kandokundain Kandokundain, which was a multi starter project starring Mammootty, Aishwarya Rai, Tabu and for this film he won the Filmfare Award for best Tamil Director. Rajiv Menon’s production house “Rajiv Menon Productions” ranked 3rd in the Economic Times Mumbai’s House Ranking, who has produced projects like Ussele Ussele (2001) Tamil pop album and Rajasthan. His most recent work includes movie Kochadaiyyan (2014), with none other than superstar Rajnikanth, where he again wowed us with his brilliant cinematography. In one of the interviews with The Hindu , reporter asked him that why does he likes to work with Mani Ratnam, he said that “I like to shoot feature films because it’s about capturing emotions…words like guilt, hurt, betrayal.” This shows his sincerity towards his work.

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Rajiv Menon Hindi Actor