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 "
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.