Shanker Raman is a renowned Indian cinematographer and producer, as well as a writer.
Among all his talents, he has put his skill of cinematography to the maximum use. People credit him with working on various successful movies such as Peepli (Live),
’, and ‘Autumn’. Peepli (Live) was produced by famous Bollywood couple,
, and directed by
. It was a satirical comedy movie, which explored the theme of farmer suicides in India, as is a grave problem in the current scenario.
Other films in which he has worked as a cinematographer are ‘
’, ‘Patang’, You Say Party: Lonely’s Lunch, and Sarah + Dee. Not only pictures, but he has also lent his time and energy for TV documentaries such as , in the episode, India: Hostage to Terror. The show used to air on The National Geographic channel. Handmade in India, Sunset Bollywood, and Some Roots Grow Upwards, are some documentaries on which he has worked. He was also the Director of Photography for the motion picture, The Great Indian Butterfly.
‘Frozen’, the movie in which he worked on cinematography, won the Best Cinematography Award at the Durban International Film Festival. For the same motion picture, he got a nomination for the Best Cinematographer by Asian Film Awards. Frozen was an Indian black and white drama film, which was shot in Ladakh entirely. Along with cinematography, Raman also worked on its screenplay. Shivajee Chandrabhushan directed as well as produced it. Likewise, his film ‘Harud’ or ‘Autumn’, of 2010, won the Best Feature Film Award. They received a Silver Lotus award in 2013. In this movie, a man struggles to bear the loss of his elder brother, a tourist photographer who got lost during the militant insurgency in Kashmir.
He is also engaged with the screenplay of films such as ‘Gurgaon’, ‘Harud’, and ‘Frozen’. Along with working on the cinematography aspect, as well as the screenplay of the pictures Harud and Frozen, he went a step forward and even produced them. He was the director of the film ‘Gurgaon’. He also got the opportunity to work in the camera and photography department of the political thriller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. It is based entirely on the Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s novel of the same name. It describes how things get difficult for a Pakistani man after the attacks on the twin towers in America.