S. Kumar is an Indian cinematographer known for his work behind the camera for movies such as " Boeing Boeing", "Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi", "Chithram", "One 2 Ka 4", "Kerala Café", "Pattalam", and among many others.

S. Kumar started his career in 1978 with the Ashok Kumar-directed low-budget film, "Thiranottam", featuring actors such as Ravi Kumar and Sattar. The early 80s saw Kumar as the cinematographer in the Ashok Kumar-directed " Thenum Vayambum", and in Priyadarshan’s comedy, "Poochakkoru Mookkuthi", which garnered recognition and catapulted his career. In 1985, Kumar did the camera work for the Priyadarshan-directed "Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil", the Shankar starrer "Akkare Ninnoru Maran", the Mohanlal starrer "Boeing Boeing", Sibi Malayil-directed "Mutharamkunnu PO", and Priyadarshan’s "Parayanumvayya Parayathirikkanumvayya". The year of 1986 saw Kumar as the cinematographer for the Venu Nagavelli-directed "Sughamo devi", the Sukumari starrer "Ninnishtam Ennishtam", and the Prem Nazir starrer "Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi". In 1987, Kumar did the camera work for the legendary Padmarajan’s drama, "Nombarathi Poovu", the Kamal-directed "Unnikale Oru Kadha Parayam" and Sibi Malayil’s femme fatale movie, "Ezuthappurangal". The latter of the 80s also saw Kumar as the cinematographer for the Mohanlal starrer comedy, "Mukunthetta Sumitra Vilikunnu", the Shobana starrer "Vellanakalude Nadu", the Sibi Malayil-directed thriller, " Vicharana", and the Renjini starrer "Chithram". The inception of the 90s decade saw Kumar work in the Jayaram starrer "Maalayogam", the Rekha Mallick starrer "Aye Auto", and "Akkare Akkare Akkare". The director, Priyadarshan asked Kumar to manage the camera for the comedy, "Kilukkam".

In 1992, Kumar also ventured into Hindi movies with the Amrish Puri starrer "Muskurahat", which also featured Jay Mehta and Revathy. Later on, Kumar also worked behind the camera for the Manoj Bajpayee starrer "Dus Tola", the Anil Kapoor starrer "Calcutta Mail", the Raam Shetty-directed "Army", and the Shah Rukh Khan starrer "One 2 Ka 4".

Kumar has been the cinematographer for critically acclaimed Malayalam films such as the Renjith-directed " Indian Rupee", the Dileep starrer " Kerala Cafe", the Roshan Andrews-directed " Udayananu Tharam".

Besides, Kumar has also worked on numerous projects and documentaries such as "Iqbal Malhotra war thriller Nuclear Tango: Why A Hero Fell from Grace".

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S. Kumar is the man who proves to be the enigmatic individual of many South Indian movies. S. Kumar has been nominated for a bunch of awards for his brilliant work as a cinematographer. He started as a freelance cameraman, but his talent took him to the world of cinema where he proved himself. He has more than ten awards for his work as a cinematographer. S. Kumar completed his graduation in the year 1990 from Madras Film and TV Institute. He started his career as a camera man doing camera work in various documentaries, fiction, commercial, docudramas, travel shows and corporate films. He handled the camera work for various corporate films and fiction work for 15 years. He also did many NGO projects in cinematography in India as well as in abroad.

S. Kumar prefers working in Digital Betacam DV, CAM, film formats, outdoor shoots, air to air and air to ground and sports. He has worked in many documentaries. Some of his awarded projects in the documentary field involve, Sariska Tiger Project for BBC International in 1993, the Inheritance for Business India Television in 1996 and the Silent Killings for the Star World in the year 2000. Some of Kumar’s renowned documentaries are Nepal artisans and Ecology in Nepal for the CNN and Discovery India Magazine for the Discovery channel. He has also worked on the Bhutan Series documentary on the National Geographic channel. As far as Kumar’s corporate connection is concerned, some of Kumar’s clients are Cartoon Network, LG Electronics, Glaxo Smith & Kline, UNICEF, Atlas Copco, TERI, Hinduja group, Spice Telecom, HCL Technologies and many more. Kumar has also worked with some TV series. His work can be seen in the song Zara Hatke and Kanoon Ka Beta, which used to be aired on Doordarshan. He has also worked for the VENUS Studios.

Some of Kumar’s famous works for the VENUS Studios is Love Blind by Jagjit Singh and various Punjabi songs by Gurudas Mann. He has also worked for T-Series. He even won the best Cinematographer Award at Asianet Film Awards 2005 and Asianet Film Awards 2006.

C K Muraleedharan Malayalam Actor

C K Muraleedharan

C.K. Muraleedharan is a well-known Malayalam Cinematographer. He is born and brought up in Kerala and has made a huge contribution to Indian Cinema. He comes across as a very meticulous person. He started his career filming documentaries and has shot episodes of various Doordarshan Programmes. He has filmed hundreds of documentaries for channels in India, BBC and the Film Board of Canada. In an interview with Indian Express, he spoke about how his engagement with cinema started from his college days, and that’s when he decided to make a career in the film industry. He took admission in an institute in Pune to pursue his dreams. Originally, he wanted to become a director but ended up being a cinematographer. He has a daughter named Karthika Muraleedharan, who recently bagged a role in Amal Neerad’s untitled movie. She will be working with Dulquer Salmaan, the good-looking actor of Mollywood. He had a son named Akash Muraleedharan who played the role Of Ajoy in School Bus and got lucky enough to work with his father. Movies he has worked on as a cinematographer includes Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Johnny Gaddar, Agent Vinod, Naina and Ek Haseena Thi. He is best known for his cinematography on movies like PK and 3 Idiots. He has worked with famous Bollywood Stars such as Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sanjay Dutt and many more. He has collaborated with several famous directors such as Rajkumar Hirani, Ashutosh Gowarikar, and Sriram Raghavan. He has just completed shooting for Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Mohenjo Daro. He has also done various ads and programs with Rajkumar Hirani. He also won IIFA Award for Best Cinematography in 2010 for 3 Idiots. He always wanted to work in Malayalam cinema, and his dream came true when he worked as a DOP for Roshan Andrews’ School Bus. School Bus was the first Malayalam movie he has worked on as a cinematographer. He even has a blog of his own where he likes to share his experiences of what happens behind the lens.

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Vinod Illampally

Vinod Illampally is a cinematographer of the Malayalam cinema. It is true that cinema is the director’s vision but an audience sees this through the eyes of the cinematographer. Hence, we may term that a cinematographer can also be called as a ‘co-director’. Vinod Illampally had begun his career in cinematography in early 2000. He made his debut as an independent cinematographer in the movie ‘Red Salute’ (2006). The film dealt with liquor issues in the state and the film did not get any warm welcome by the masses. In 2009, the cinematographer has undertaken another film project ‘Patham Nilayile Theevandi’ directed by Joshy Mathew. In 2011, the cinematographer handled a love story 'Innanu Aa Kalyanam' directed by Rajasenan. In this movie, Rejith Menon, Malavika Wales, and Saranya Mohan were in lead roles. In 2012, the cameraman under the guidance of film director T. K. Rajeev Kumar handled a comedy-drama film that depicted the TV channel atmosphere in urban town. Vindo Illampally who took  the charge of cinematography in many Malayalam movies had fulfilled the duty of a cinematographer and has realized that the film is always a director’s vision. As a professional cinematographer, he had the wisdom to choose the length of the shot and decide which element within the frame to be retained. In the year 2012, he handled the cinematography part in two more movies and they are ‘Grandmaster’ and ‘Chattakkari’. While the first film received good reviews the second film ‘Chattakkari’ was not as the remake of the 1974 film of the same name. But Vinod Illampally has shown the competent skills required to handle the vision of the director. One should understand that cinematography is one of the most important elements of the filmmaking process and Vinod Illampally is indeed an extraordinary cinematographer of the  Malayalam cinema. In 2013, he had films like ‘Pigman’ and ‘Romans’ in his kitty. Some of his most successful movies are 'Chettayees: Lovable Rascals' (2012) and ‘Kanal’ (2015) and ‘Grandmaster’ (2012) in which he handled his camera with wisdom. As a director of photography, Vinod Illampally is indeed a versatile cameraman, who has both creative and technical skills needed for Malayalam cinema.

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