Ravi Yadav, an Indian cinematographer is known for his works in Tamil and Hindi movies. He completed his diploma in photography from MGR Film Institute, Chennai. After obtaining the degree, he started working in Advertisement films which he continued for a short period. Later, he moved towards film industry and tried to find a new avenue for his talent.

In the initial stage of his career, he got help from his batchmate and friend R. K. Selvamani and worked for a couple of Tamil films. He later on collaborated with Selvamani, and produced two films. Ravi Yadav made his debut as a cinematographer in 1988 with 'Puthiay Vanam' which was Sivaji Ganesan's 275th film. The film is written directed by R. V. Udayakumar, and Ravi Yadav worked as director of photography.

His next project as a cinematographer was in association with director R.K. Selvamani, and the film was titled ' Pulan Visaranai' which was a blockbuster. In his third project 'Kuttrapathirikai,' Ravi Yadav turned into a producer, and the director of the film was R.K. Selvamani. In this year, he also set up a film production company called Yadavalaya Films.

The film is made in the backdrop of LTTE and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s death. Hence, it was struck with censor board for 11 years and was made in 1991, but it finally released in 2007. Due to his earlier project that got struck with censor board for release, R. K. Selvamani made a film 'Chembaruthi' (1992). In this film, actress Roja made her debut.

The film had cinematography by Ravi Yadav. Later on, he even worked as the cinematographer in a couple of Tamil movies that included directors like Agathiyan, Cheyyar Ravi, and Sridhar Prasad. He also worked as a cinematographer for a Malayalam movie titled 'Devaraagam' which was directed by Bharathan. In the year 2001, he shifted to Bollywood for a greener pasture.

He also did cinematographic work for a solo Telugu movie 'Show' (2002) which was directed by Neelakant, The film was awarded the National Film Award for the Best Feature film in Telugu, and the director also won the National Film Award for best screenplay. Also, he produced a Telugu movie ' Maro Charitra' (2010) which was an adaptation of K. Balachander's 1978 movie of the same name starring Kamal Haasan and Saritha.

For the 2012 version, the veteran director Balachander retained the idea of the story, but the film flopped. He cinematographed in popular Hindi films namely Humraz, Tarzan, Aitraaz, 36 China Town, Naqaab, Race 1, Players, Race 2.

He made his debut as a Hindi cinematographer with the debut movie of Raima Sen which starred Fardeen Khan in the lead role. The film was 'Hum Ho Gaye Aapke' (2002) which was directed by Agathiyan. His association in Bollywood was mostly with director Abbas-Mustan with whom Ravi Yadav had collaborated on eight–nine projects.

Also, he was the cinematographer for Imtiaz Ali, Antara Bhardwaj, Swamy M. Kandan, Rajkumar Santoshi, Sajid Khan, Sunny Deol, Rajiv Menon. In his initial days, his biggest break in Bollywood was through the movie 'Humraz ' which was directed by Abbas-Mustan. The film scored at the box office well and even won the appreciation of critics.

’Humraz’ seems to be a tribute to technology, and the camera work was outstanding due to its screenplay and a good plot. One must appreciate the ace cinematographer for his crafted exceptional camera work for action thrillers like Race, Race-2. In both the films, there was a high octane action, but it had a stylized look and feel throughout it.

According to the cinematographer, there was a difference in two versions (Race and Race-2). Both the films were glamorous, but Race had a dark feel while Race-2 had soft lighting methods. The cinematographer shares a great rapport with Abbas Mustan, and all films of Abbas Mustan need a multi-camera setup and a long outdoor shoot always. Every shot in 'Race 2' is shot with a multi-camera setup with four cameras.

The cinematographer prefers shooting with Sony F65, Red Epic-z, etc. His works prefer to be 80-to 90 percent manual. He uses only the rest 10 percent as digital work.

Bobby Singh

Bobby Singh- born in the year 1974 was an Indian cinematographer who worked in the Bollywood industry. Mostly famous for his works in Gangster, Life in a Metro, The Dirty Picture, and Queen which were all big Bollywood blockbusters, he was a person with immense potential as directors who hired him appreciated his photographic abilities. His marriage took place with a girl named Radhika who later went on to give birth to a baby boy named ‘Sumer.’ He loved animals so he adopted two pet dogs. Bobby Singh later died due to an asthma attack on December 25, 2012. He was 38. He went to Goa to celebrate Christmas with his family but eventually succumbed to death while on the way to the doctors following an asthma attack. Some people claimed that his death occurred because he ate crabs and it caused him allergy. Such was the attachment of him and his pets that soon after his death, one of the dogs eventually died. Bobby Singh first came into the scene as an assistant cameraman in Raj N Sippy’s ‘Shehzade.’ He also played the role of an assistant cameraman in ‘Sarfarosh’ in the year 1999. The first time when Bobby Singh did his independent cinematography was in the movie ‘Gangster’ directed by Anurag Basu. He worked again with Basu in 2007 in ‘Life in a Metro.’ Later he did some additional photography for Ghajini in 2008. The last project in which he was involved was ‘Queen.’ He almost completed 90% of the work for this project. Before ‘Queen’ he was involved in award winning movie ‘The Dirty Picture.’ After Bobby Singh’s sudden death, people mourned at his tragic loss but out of all the Bollywood industry, the one person who was hurt the most was director Anurag Basu. Anurag later told that “Bobby was one of the closest friends I had. We shared a bond which went way beyond our work. What should I say? I cannot believe he’s gone. I am just hoping its false information and that it will be soon told he’s still with us. Bobby was a very joyful person. We were so close.” Anurag went to Goa as soon as he heard the news. Such a young talented cameraman deserved to deliver more of his beautiful and talented work, but then nobody has a say against the God’s will. Bollywood is thankful for this man’s entertaining work.

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