Madhu Ambat was born on 6th March 1949 to Prof. K Bhagyanath and Smt. Ambat Sulochana. The Ambat family was an incredible group of individuals, with a father that quit being a professor to pursue his love for magic as full time career and a sister who grew up to be an incredible actress. Not only this, his younger sister, Vidhubala went on to become a leading actress in the Malayalam film industry. In a time when everybody was focused on getting into good colleges and getting well-paid jobs as soon as possible, Mr. Ambat was lucky to have a family that believed that he deserved to love what he did. So, despite extreme pressure, he went to the renowned Pune Film Institute. He had also got admitted into IIT, but instead decided to go the other way.
He spent the next few years working his hardest and ultimately, it all paid off, when he grabbed a gold medal at the institute. This was, however, just a start. Madhu Ambat started his 120-film-long career as a cinematographer with a documentary for famous director
in 1973. The following thirty-five years were filled with incredible hits and awards ranging from Kerala Film Critics' Awards to National Awards. His incredible success did not stop here. His talent was recognized on an international platform. M. , of "Sixth Sense" fame, collaborated with him on two feature films, one called ‘Wide Awake'. Directors like
, Rajkumar Santhoshi and Timothy Fodder worked alongside him.
He won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography three times and won several state awards many times over. His first National Award for Best Cinematography was for "Adi Sankaracharya" (Sanskrit) directed by G V Iyer in 1984. In 2006, he got it for the second time in the film "Sringaram" (Tamil) directed by Saradha Ramanathan. In 2010, he got it for the third time for his work in "Adaminte Makan Abu" (Malayalam), directed by Salim Ahmad. Having been honored by almost everyone who counts in the film industry, he lives in Chennai with his family. He started the Fantasia Centre for Research and Development of Cinema, a nonprofit organisation that work towards creating more awareness about movies and their culture. A story teller with an incredible tale of his own, Madhu Ambat remains one of the stellar of true Indian cinema.