Karthik Mallur is an Indian cinematographer who predominantly works in the Kannada film industry. He is best known for his works in films like 'Dhand', ‘
' and 'Piu Ka Pen'.
Karthik was born into a family who can boast of its tradition and family history of fine arts and photography. Insiders say that he has obtained his passion for photography from his father. When he was at the age of eight, his skill in photography had emerged.
Since his school days, he learned graphic designs and could sketch pictures well. But he had obtained a diploma in Electronics and Communication from DTE Bangalore and started his career as a graphic designer for an advertising agency. While working in the advertisement agency, he got acquitted with reputed clients like Arvind Mills, Titan, Timex and KMF.
He got hooked to film acting by chance. It was in the year 2009 he got a major break as the second lead in a Kannada feature, ‘Production no 1’ under the banner of ‘Shreya Movies’. Unfortunately, the film did not see the light of the day. But he did not give up hope. He made a strong team of talented film artists and produced a short film named as 'Friends In A Trip', where he also featured as an actor.
Soon his interest in technical aspects of filmmaking grew further and he got himself focused in the role of a director of photography and thereafter he made many short films as a cinematographer and won awards for them too.
In 2012, he made his debut as director of photography for the movie, 'Naanu Nanna Kavithe' but much is not known about this movie. He also has obtained a master degree in advertising and media management and utilized this knowledge to market his short movies. He has shot many TVCs too.
In the year 2015, he got his credit as a cinematographer for movie 'Dhand' which was a Tulu language movie directed by Ranjith Bajpe and produced by Shodhan Prasad. The film had
and others in lead roles.
'Coma' was another important project which was written and directed by Ravi Kiran and CSP. It has
, Shruthi Nandeesh, Suchindra Prasad, Shille Manjunath, Andrew jaypaul and
in the lead roles. The director of photography was Karthik Mallur. In 2016, he got associated as cinematographer for the movie, 'Chiravada Nenapu' which was directed by Vincent Barnard.
The film was produced by G Suresh. In the year 2017, Mallur came out with a short film, ‘'Piu Ka Pen'’ which was based on a story of a 10-year old girl who fears everything around her. This 18 minutes short film narrates Piu's story of her desire to buy a Pen, and how the pen becomes her best friend.
Poorna Choudhury plays the role of Piu and Anshulika Kapoor is Piu’s mother, Shrinivas Chebby plays the role of Piu's father and
narrates the role of Mr. P. The film was directed by Devanand Mahakud and the concept of the movie was from Raakhee Bose.