Rajeev Ravi is an Indian cinematographer from the state of spices, Kerala. He is also a well-established film producer and a director. Though he is from Kochi, yet he studied and completed his graduation from the Film and Television Institute of Pune in the year 1997. He was the one to start his career slowly and gradually. Initially, he worked as an assistant cinematographer and assisted in the Malayalam film ‘
Pranayavarnangal’ which was released in the year 1998.
The director of the movie was
Sibi Malayil. Rajeev learnt a lot under him and then in 2001 he tried his hand independently in the Bollywood industry. He worked as the cinematographer for the movie Chandni Bar by
Madhur Bhandarkar (the movie depicted the gritty life of the underworld and dance bars of Mumbai, it was a multi-starrer movie). The film was a success. He also worked for many other Bollywood films in collaboration with the very talented director Anurag Kashyap.
All of the films gained fame and money. Rajeev had become a perfect cinematographer now. In the successful years of his life, he married the talented film actress and director
Geetu Mohandas (actual name is Gayatri Mohandas and is a famous film heroine and a director. With her husband, she directed the super hit film Liar’s Dice on November 14, 2009. In 2013, he became the proud father of a beautiful girl which the couple named Aradhana. As a producer, Rajeev gave a hit Hindi feature film ‘ID’, which was directed by Kamal KM.
Not only did the film earn name, fame, and money but it gave Rajeev immense success as well. As the co-producer of the film, he felt the sense of pride because ID was featured in Busan International Film Festival (a significant film festival in Asia which introduces new films, actors and directors) in South Korea. Rajeev also received many awards as a cinematographer and a producer.
Udta Punjab, Liar's Dice, Bombay Talkies, etc. are the films for which he had operated the camera well.
He received appreciation in the form of National Film Award for best cinematography for the movie Liar's Dice in 2014 and also the Filmfare Award for best cinematography for the film ‘Dev D’. In the year 2013, he came up with his first project as a director,
Annayum Rasoolum (Malayalam Romance film starring
Fahadh Faasil and
Andrea Jeremiah in lead roles.). Ravi also wrote the screenplay for the film. The movie was well applauded by the Malayalam industry. He also directed films like
Njan Steve Lopez and
Kammatti Paadam recently.
Apart from winning some of the prestigious awards, he was also nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Asia-Pacific Film Awards, and Asian Film Awards as the best cinematographer. Only a few number of people were aware of the fact that he also used to help in writing the scripts for the films. The actors and actresses who worked under him always praised his spirit of work and his enthusiasm towards life.