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Venugopal, also called Venu, is an Indian director, writer, and cinematographer. He predominantly works in the Malayalam industry. Venu is a founder member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC), the first-ever in India.

Venu was born on August 26th, 1961 as the grandson of Karur Neelakanta Pillai, a Malayalam literature writer and founder of the Sahithya Pravarthaka Society. Venu’s mother, B. Saraswathy, is also a famous writer who has authored Indulekha. He married Beena Paul Born in 1961, Beena Paul is a renowned film editor >> Read More... on August 26th, 1983. She is a film editor from the Mollywood industry. The couple has a daughter, Malavika. She works as the Outreach Programme Manager at the prestigious Cambridge University. 

Venu graduated from the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, or FTII, in Pune with a diploma in motion picture photography. Over 80 Malayalam films, including those directed by John Abraham Like some of our sexy stars, John Abraham has had >> Read More... , Mani Kaul Mani Kaul undoubtedly was one of the greatest dire >> Read More... , Pamela Rooks Pamela Rooks is an Indian film director, producer, >> Read More... , Buddhadeb Dasgupta, and M.T. Vasudevan Nair, have been cranked by Venu.

 Venu is the recipient of four National Film Awards The National Film Awards gets presented every year >> Read More... , including three for Best Cinematography. His first two were for ‘Amma Ariyan’ and ‘Namukk Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal.’ His second national award was for ‘Miss Beatty’s Children,’ directed by Pamela Rooks. Venu received his 3rd National Award for Best Cinematography for his work in T. V. Chandran’s ‘Ponthan Mada,’ which is the only Malayalam film till date in which Naseeruddin Shah Naseeruddin Shah is an experimental actor and asso >> Read More... acted. He was also awarded the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film by a Director. In addition to these, he has also achieved four Kerala State Film Awards.

 He debuted as a director with the 1988 movie ‘ Daya Daya tells the story on life and love in a militar >> Read More... .’ Later on, he has directed films such as ‘ Munnariyippu Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ in 2014, ‘Carbon’ in 2018, and ‘Aanum Pennum’ in 2021. ‘Kaappa,’ his next project, is currently in the works.

Some of his major works in the Malayalam movie industry where he worked as a cinematographer include ‘Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla’ (1983), ‘Irakal’ (1985), ‘Sister Alphonsa of Bharananganam’ (1986), ‘Desatanakkili Karayarilla’ (1986), ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ (1989), ‘ In Harihar Nagar Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ (1990), ‘Innale’ (1990), ‘Thazhvaram’ (1990), ‘Kadavu’ (1991), ‘Keli’ (1991), ‘Njan Gandharvan’ (1991), ‘GodFather’ (1991), ‘Vietnam Colony’ (1992), ‘In Harihar Nagar 2’ (2009), ‘In Ghost House Inn’ (2010), ‘ Tournament Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ (2011), ‘Cobra’ (2012), ‘ Celluloid Celluloid is a movie based program telecasted by S >> Read More... ’ (2013), and ‘Munnariyippu’ (2014). 

 In Hindi, he has worked on ‘Mati Manas’ (1984), ‘Tarpan’ (1994), and ‘ Maharathi Click to look into! >> Read More... ’ (2008). Some of his works in the Tamil industry include ‘ Guna Guna is a popular stage name for Durai Guna. He is >> Read More... ’ (1991), ‘Minsara Kanavu’ (1997), ‘ Anbe Aaruyire Anbe Aaruyire is a show that portrays a story of a >> Read More... ’ (2005), and ‘Thirumagan’ (2007).


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