Sameer Reddy is a cinematographer; he mainly works in South Indian Film Industry and also Hindi Film Industry. He was born in Hyderabad and brought up in Rajahmundry. As his family is in Leather Industry; so he was sent to take a degree in Leather Technology in Chennai. He joined the Institute in Guindy, Chennai. During the workshop he saw the guys and girls sitting on the floor and stitching chappals, he never returned again to the Institute as he was too scared watching that.

Rasool, his cousin, was a camera assistant for the film ‘ Shiva’; after watching Shiva, Sameer got fascinated towards the films. He started the journey with joining the Graphics Department in Prasad Labs on advice of cinematographer S Gopal Reddy. After spending ample of time there, he again approached S Gopal Reddy to take him in his group; but S Gopal had no vacancy. Sameer then met Teja and became his assistant in the Ram Gopal Varma film ‘Raat’; which was also Teja’s first film being cinematographer.

Sameer got his first chance as a cinematographer with the Hindi film ‘ Bhai’ (1997); he then went on to do Hindi films as ‘Jaanwar’ (1999), ‘Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love’ (2001) and a few more. Sameer made his debut in Telugu films with the 2001 film ‘Anandam’, which was directed by Seenu Vytla. Further he did movies like ‘ Jayam’, ‘ Nijam’, ‘Satyam’ and many more.

Rajan Kothari Hindi Actor

Rajan Kothari

Rajan Kothari was a well-established Cinematographer. He brought life to a scene through his Camera. He did not limit his talent by being only a Cameraman. Rajan Kothari also learned the ropes of Direction and became one. Rajan Kothari was born in a trader's family that sold oilseeds and cotton. His grandfather faced loss in the business and hence Rajan’s father was forced to take another job to save his family from poverty. His father took up photography that helped them survive. Rajan grew up among cameras and darkrooms and thus inherited his father’s passion and love for photography. He grew up watching movies of Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Keaton. Rajan’s uncle was linked with the Film Society, as he was a part of the music circle, Anandam. Rajan did not plan to become a Cameraman. He loved medicine and wanted to become a Doctor. Unfortunately, he did not get the required grades to get admitted to a medical college and hence chose Cinematography. In the year 1973, he got enrolled in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), in Pune, to study about Cinematography. He was very much inspired by the works of Cinematographers Satyajit Ray and Subrata Mitra. As soon as he completed his graduation, he assisted Jehangir for the film Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaye. Kothari then assisted Binod Pradhan for the movie Jait Re Jait and Ranajit Ray for the film Seeta Raati. In the year 1981, Rajan Kothari debuted as a Cinematographer for the film Maine Jeena Seekh Liya. He is accredited as cinematographer for movies as Well Done Abba (2009), The Memsahib (2006), Hari- Bhari (2000), Dil Kya Kare (1999) and so on. Rajan Kothari turned into a Director through the film Purush, in the year 1994. Das Capital Ghulamon Ki Rajdhani and Panga Naa Lo are the two other movies he had directed. Sadly, Rajan Kothari passed away on September 26, 2012.

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Sudeep Chatterjee

Sudeep Chatterjee is a well-known cinematographer in Bollywood. He was the man behind the camera for movies such as ‘Chak De! India’, ‘Iqbal’, ‘Dhoom 3’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Sudeep was born in the city of Kolkata in West Bengal. In his childhood, Sudeep always wanted to express and visualize art. His desire to visualize made him try a hand at painting but it didn’t work out for him. Later when he was in the 10th grade, Sudeep’s father gave him a camera as a gift. Sudeep claims that the camera had helped him find himself and had finally found a way to fulfill his desire of expressing using visual arts. Even though young Sudeep couldn’t afford to get better cameras, he made the best out his camera. Seeing his passion for the camera, Sudeep’s father suggested that he join a cinema club where he could explore more about his passion. As a student, Sudeep opted for pursuing a degree in engineering when his heart was still longing for the camera. Eight months after he started engineering, Sudeep decided to leave the course and pursue cinematography, his true passion. He applied at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and was selected in his first try. His journey in the institute had given him a whole new outlook towards cinematography. He found and realized that there was more to cinematography than just visualizing. He learnt a lot of new techniques and accepts that he does whenever he can to learn about to new techniques even after becoming a successful cinematographer. After doing many advertisements and feature films, Sudeep was approached by Ram Gopal Verma and asked him to do cinematography for his film ‘Road’, which was Sudeep’s first film. His work for Chak De! India was almost entirely done handheld. He received a lot of discouragement for doing so but he believed in his abilities which helped him bag four different awards for the film. He got married to Moumita Chatterjee and lives with her in Mumbai with their children Ishaan and Ishika.

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Sudeep Chatterjee Hindi Actor