Divakar Mani is a cinematographer in the Indian film industry from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has worked mostly in the Telugu films where most of his works were popular and proven to be hits in the theatres. He has worked for Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood entertainment industries and is known for collecting life experiences and a unique working method. He is not just an award winning cinematographer, but has also covered tsunamis, wars and other life changing events as a photojournalist. He has also shot advertisements with celebrities like '', '
' and many others. A gold medalist from the Film Institute of Chennai, Mani began his career in cinematography by assisting the cinematographer '
', known for his ace cinematography works. Sivan is among the Director of Photography (DOP), from the Asia Pacific who has been a member of the American Society of Cinematography for six consecutive years.
He has worked as a cinematographer for the Bollywood film '
', for a Telugu film '
' (2017) ,and also for a Malayalam film directed by Priyadarshan, Another film that he worked on was 'Ceylon' directed by Santosh Sivan. His unconventional style of cinematography is distinctive from various others in this field. The dark theme and mood of the film is reflected in his work, which is very unlike the colourful style adopted by most cinematographers. He has worked in films such as 'Ninnila Ninnila' (2021), 'Super Over' (2021), 'Ranarangam' (2019),and 'Iyatta: Class' (2016). His film 'Yuddham Tho Rasina Prema Katha' that released in 2021 has been a hit in the theatres. The hit film 'Viraata Parvam' starring the renowned Telugu actor , was also shot by him. He is also renowned for his films '
' (2012), 'Urumi: The Warrior who wanted to Kill Vasco Da Gama' (2011), '
' (2014), and '
' (2013) where he has done camera work and taken care of the electrical department.
Divakar was awarded the Best Cinematography award by the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber. He has worked on over 100 advertisements, and numerous documentaries and also been a celebrated video journalist at NDTV for 7 years. He’s covered everything from the wars in Lebanon and Sri Lanka, to the Ferrari factory for which he drove around Germany, to documenting the naxalites of Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand. He made a documentary named 'Killing Fields', based on the Naxalites which went on to win him with the Common Wealth Broadcast Asia Award. This also gained him a fellowship to study digital film-making in the New York Academy. He has travelled to over 39 countries through the course of his distinguished career and covered dangerous events like the Gujarat riots and at the Andamans during the tsunami. He has also worked and shot with fancy brands in France and recorded a half hour detailing wine manufacturing in the vineyards of Italy. He does not believe in presenting the good side of life and believes that life is grey and that’s how he prefers to capture and depict it. In 2007, he spent the night in the Matunga Railway station while covering the Bombay train blast, with dead bodies still lying around.