Manmohan Singh is a Punjabi film director and a renowned Bollywood cinematographer. He was born in 1932 in the district of Sirsa, Haryana. Manmohan was the cinematographer of the Hindi romance film, Betaab; Sunny Deol’s debut film in 1983. He is closely associated with Yash Chopra and collaborated with him in many films, including Mohabbatein (2000), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Darr (1993), Lamhe (1991), Chandni (1989), etc. He bagged two Filmfare Awards for Best Cinematographer for his outstanding work in Darr and Chandni. In the year 2000s, he started directing Punjabi films.

His first feature film, Jee Aayan Nu (2002) stars Harbhajan Mann and Priya Gill in the lead roles. This was followed by Asa Nu Maan Watna Da, Yaaran Naal Baharan, Dil Apna Punjabi, Mitti Wajaan Maardi, Mera Pind, Munde U.K. De, Aaj De Ranjhe, and Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De. Manmohan is also a playback singer during the 80s and sang for many Bollywood films, including Waaris (1998) and Lava (1985). In 2014, he has produced Avtar Bhogal’s Bollywood multilingual social drama film, Honour Killing. He earned the 1997 Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography for his work in Yash Chopra’s musical romantic drama film, Dil To Pagal Hai and the Sansui Viewers Choice for Best Cinematography for Mohabbatein.

Satyajit Pande Hindi Actor

Satyajit Pande

Satyadit Pande or also known as Setu is an Indian cinematographer. He was born in Calcutta and completed B. Com at St. Xavier’s College. Setu’s uncle, Ranjan Palit, a renowned cinematographer, together with his wife, Vasudha Joshi, a documentary filmmaker, has introduced him to photography. His uncle advised him to go to Mumbai if he wants to make it big. Initially, he worked as an apprentice to Anil Mehta and later with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Susequently, he studied cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. And then, he moved to Mumbai and assisted director Tigmanshu Dhulia in Haasil (2003) and Charas (2004). Af ter that, he worked on many commercials together with Shoojit Sircar. During that time, actor, Aamir Khan requested Sircar to work on his directorial debut film, Taare Zameen Par. However, Sircar was busy at that time and couldn’t take the offer, so he recommends Setu to Aamir. Maybe out of luck, he became the DoP of the film. But even though the film gave him a lot of recognition, he still didn’t get many film offers. It was maybe because of the recession that the film industry is facing during that time. So he decided to return to making ad films and documentaries. Some of his documentaries include Jari Mari, Dam/Age, etc. He also worked on several commercials for ICICI, Yamaha, Reliance, Maggi, and more. When his uncle was working on Saat Khoon Maaf, film director, Sujoy Ghosh was very impressed with his work. He requested his uncle to sign for Kahaani, but since his uncle was too busy with Saat Khoon Maaf, he suggested Setu instead and got the project. After that, Raj Kumar Gupta offered him to work on his upcoming film, Ghanchakkar. He also shot Ashish Avikunthak’s Bengali film, Nirakar Chhaya. He donned two short films, and one of it was Vijay Nambiar’s Reflections, which gave him the Best Cinematography Award at the New York Short Film Festival.

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