Binod Pradhan was born in Darjeeling, West Bengal. He is a Cinematographer by profession and has worked in both Indian and Nepali movies. He has the citizenship of both the countries. His father H.K. Pradhan owned a photo studio. He gave Binod his first box camera and he was fascinated with it. Binod used to capture black and white pictures and used to color them later using water colors. Soon, his father caught him and was amazed at his work. He displayed his work outside the studio. Seeing his interest, he soon rolled up working in the studio and later he started managing his father’s studio. Binod wanted to sharpen his talent, but this could never be possible in Darjeeling since there is no proper institute to train him.
Binod joined the three years course in FTII in Pune to learn cinematography. During a competition in the Institute, Binod’s work was noticed by Prem Sagar, and he offered him the job of an Assistant at his place. He joined him at his workplace and assisted him in movies but soon realized that he cannot prosper if he remains stuck in one area. Binod started to look for more options and A.K. Bir, an excellent camera handler of his time gave him the Assistant Camera handling job and asked him to handle the zoom and the focus department. With the passage of time, Binod changed various workplaces and so was his address changing but through all this, he learned various skillful techniques.
Binod debuted with the film, “Ghashiram Kotwal”. While Binod continued his search for jobs, he met Dolly and soon after their meeting they fell for each other and decided to marry each other. Binod was unable to convince her parents, and so they decided to run away, they came back to Kalimpong and decided to settle there. They had a son, Binay and he devoted all his time for his upbringing. Binod was jobless, but fate had a different choice, ‘
Kundan Shah’ gathered his batch mates to complete his film, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” and Binod became a part of the project and it proved to be a milestone.
Binod other works include “
Rang De Basanti”, “
2 States”, “
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, “
Heroes”, “Delhi-6”, “
Ta Ra Rum Pum”, “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.”, “
Ishq Wala Love”, etc. His upcoming venture is “Homing Pigeons”. He received various Awards and nomination for his work in the industry.