Nirav Shah is an esteemed name, in the field of Indian cinematography. He is best known for his works in Bollywood blockbusters “ Dhoom,” and “Dhoom 2”, and numerous other Hindi and Tamil hits.

 Nirav started off his career with various assignments on short films, music videos, and also television advertisements, and often worked as an assistant cinematographer or as an ancillary to acclaimed cinematographers. Following which, he realized his passion for cinematography and started working independently. 

The year 2004 marked Nirav’s debut in feature film cinematography, with the release of “ Paisa Vasool,” which featured Manisha Koirala, Sushmita Sen, and Sushant Singh, in lead roles. The movie also marked Manisha Koirala’s debut in the production department. Shah followed his debut with another Hindi film, Intequam. It was his work in the Bollywood hit “Dhoom,” which catapulted Shah’s career into a renowned cinematographer, and a well-known name in the industry.

Nirav was also the recipient of a Star Screen Award nomination in the category of “Best Bollywood Cinematography,” in 2004. Consequently, offers flooded in from the Tamil film industry, and Shah made his Kollywood debut with the 2005 action film “Sandakozhi,” which was directed by N.Linguswamy. In the same year, Tamil movie director Vishnuvardhan offered Shah the chance to work together in “ Pattiyal”. The duo collaborated along with music director and composer, Yuvan Shankar Raja, in various projects, and is reckoned as one of the most profitable associations in Tamil cinemas. The trio of ‘Vishnu-Shah-Yuvan’ has worked together in movies such as Arinthum Ariyamalum in 2005, Billa, and Sarvam, in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Shah received a State Award by the Tamil Nadu Government for Billa. He made a brief return to Bollywood to work on films such as Dhoom 2 and Banaras. Shah received a National Award nomination in cinematography for both movies. He was the recipient of the title of “Best Cinematography for a Bollywood Movie,” for Dhoom 2. In 2007, Shah signed up for Pokkiri, produced by Prabhu Deva, and Oram Po, Pushkar-Gayathri’s debut project. The following year, the well-known film-maker S.Shankar offered Shah to be a part of his mega-budget movie, ‘ Enthiran,’ considered to be the former’s masterpiece. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, Shah had to decline the offer.

Shah also worked with Prabhu Deva in the 2009 Bollywood flick “ Wanted,” which was a remake of Pokkiri. Shah has worked in various other movies such as Madrasapattinam, Va, Vaanam, Vettai, Love Failure, Thaandavam, Thalaivaa, Saivam, Kaaviya Thalaivan, Inji Iduppazhagi, Size Zero, Gabbar Is Back, and “ Idhu Enna Maayam,” just to name a few of his legion. He is reportedly working on constructing and developing a film studio in Chennai, which is apparently going to be India’s biggest.

Velraj Tamil Actor

Velraj

The movies which we see on the screen look so great because of not only the ones in front of the camera but also the ones behind it, and here Nettv4u brings you another biography of an Indian cinematographer who has given his life to the Bollywood film industry and never expected anything in return. Velrajan, also known by the name R. Velraj, was born on 21st October 1969 under the Libra star sign in Thirunagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. For schooling, he went to PKN Boys Higher Secondary School, Thirunagar. After completing his schooling, Velraj went to Madurai Sourashtra College, Madurai for completing his graduation. He had the spark to be a photographer from his childhood, and during college days he got the opportunity to make enough connections, and he started working as an assistant to the cinematographer, Tirru and assisted him in a few of Tamil language movies, and they celebrated "Aalavandhan" together. He came into Hindi language films with 23rd March 1931with "Shaheed" in the year 2002. Then came "Supari" followed by our favorite comedy movie, "Phir Hera Pheri". In 2007, he won Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer for the film "Polladhavan". He worked in Malayalam language films called "Malabar Wedding" and "Kandhar". The film "Aadukalam" of Tamil language, brought fame to his career. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer- South in the year 2011 and Vikatan Award for Best Cinematographer as well. He received Vikatan Award for another Tamil movie "Engeyum Eppodhum". He worked in Kannada language film "Savaari" in 2012. He was the cinematographer for films like "Naan Rajavaga Pogiren", "Naiyaandi", "Ethir Neecha"l, "Velaiyilla Pattathari", "Poriyaalan", "Vai Raja Vai". His upcoming films are "Mariyappan" about to release in English and Tamil language and "Power Paandi", coming in the year 2017. He has appeared as an actor for special appearances in two of the films which are "Pugazh" and "Naan Rajavaga Pogiren". He In the year 2014, he made his debut as a director in the Tamil film called "Velaiyilla Pattathari", and he received SIIMA Award for Best Debut Director. His other directorial movie is "Thangamagan", released in the year 2015. He wrote stories for both of the films directed by him, and they received good responses. His fans expect more films from him as a director and cinematographer and promise to support him always.

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Chezhiyan

The Tamil film industry has a shining star and his name is Chezhiyan - Indian cinematographer, mainly working for the Tamil film industry. He was born in South Tamil Nadu at Sivaganga, and has a degree in Civil Engineering. Before becoming a cinematographer, he began his journey as the apprentice of P.C. Sreeram, who guided and helped him. He is a full- fledged cinematographer. He does great work and has many acclaims under his name. Chezhiyan started his career with his debut movie, ‘Kalloori’, where he started as a cinematographer. He got a lot of appraisal for his cinematography in Bala’s ‘Paradesi’, which released in the year 2013. He is a pro at his work. He is focused and believes in performing his best, every time. This quality can be noticed with the fact that he has received appraisals and awards for the ‘Best Cinematographer’, namely in 2013 at the BFI London Film Festival. He has a super successful career in cinematographer, but that’s not all, as he is also a successful author to many books on cinema. He has written a book in Tamil named ‘Ulaga Cinema’, which Ananda Vikatan published (the Tamil weekly magazine). He wrote a short story named ‘Harmonium’, in 2004, for which he received the KATHA award. He is a multi-talented person and this fact has been proved by his all rounder performance. He did a literary thesis on ‘Imagery in Tamil Short Stories’ (2004-2006), and received the Junior Fellowship Award for his work. This was presented to him by the Indian Government, specifically, the Ministry of Culture. He has also been awarded ‘The Best Cinematographer’ for his film, ‘Kallathoti’, in the Norway Short Film Festival in 2011. He has given his contribution to many fields. He has not built a wall of only cinema around him, but has also contributed to literature. He has made many great documentaries as a cinematographer. He has given us some of the most famous documentaries, such as the biographical documentation on the former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, which was named, ‘A Little Dream’, as well as the documentary on T. Jeyakanthan, who was a Tamil writer. He has his own school of music. He has also published many books, which teach about western music theory. ‘The Music School’, which was started by him in Tamil and English, gives guidance to the students about western music. He has proved himself to be an all rounder as he has covered all the fields in the industry and is striving for the best.

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