M J. Radhakrishnan was an indian cinematographer, who works mainly in malayalam films. He had won the kerala state award for best cinematography 7 times. In his early days, he worked as a still photographer and then worked as an associate to well-known cinematographer turned director shaji n. Karun.
M.j.’s important works included deshadanam, karunam, and naalu pennungal. His movies screened at several renowned film festivals around the world including cannes, toronto, chicago, rhode island, and rotterdam.
One of his movies, marana simhasanam, won caméra d'or (golden camera award) at the 1999 cannes film festival. M.j. worked for over 75 feature films and many documentaries and worked with some of the renowned indian filmmakers, which includes adoor gopalakrishnan, murali nair, shaji n. Karun, tv chandran, and renjith.
M. J. Started his career as a still photographer and later worked as an event photographer in marriages and functions. He shifted to thiruvananthapuram, where he worked in the still photography sections in certain movies in which shaji n karun was the cinematographer. Then m.j. started working as an associate cinematographer with shaji n karun, who had a major impact in his life.
His first independent project as a cinematographer was maamalakalkkapurathu, which was directed by ali akbar, and released in 1988.