P C Sreeram is a well-renowned Cinematographer in the Indian Film Industry. He was born on 26 January 1956 in the then Madras, India. He is the third child of the family as he had two elder sisters. He has interest towards film industry since his childhood. He studied at the Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School at Mylapore in Chennai.
He had no interest in studies and was an average student. He somehow managed to pass the examinations. His interest always lied in Fine Arts. He grew an interest in photography and to furnish it more, he joined The Madras Film Institute to gain an expertise in cinematography.
He had associations with most of the present generation stars like ‘
Kamal Haasan’, ‘
R C Sakthi’, ‘
Santhana Bharathi’, ‘
Radha Ravi’, and ‘C Rudhraiya’. They all used to enjoy together and people called them “The Sanmac Group”. They stayed at a hotel in Chennai where they shared their experiences, learning, and future dreams with each other. They wanted to make a perfect cinema together and somehow managed to do it.
An average graduate is now one of the leading film directors and cinematographers of The Tamil Film industry and also India. People regard Sreeram as The Guru or mentor of Cinematography. His debut was in the year 1980. His cinematographic work “Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai” won the Indira Gandhi Award in the year 1986.
The movie was the much needed break for both Sreeram and
Mani Ratnam. It was a superhit and gave them both eminent positions in the industry. They paired up and did many projects. Next film “
Nayagan” was again a blockbuster. It not only won good reviews from critics and audience but also bagged several prestigious awards. Three National Awards at “The 35th National Film Award” Ceremony fell into their account.
Sreeram was extremely excited and started doing more experiments with his camera. He adopted new techniques in the cinematography for their next film “Agni Natchathiram”. It was a Tamil Action film which was directed by Mani Ratnam. From the Tamil industry, this pair shifted their focus to the Telugu Film industry.
The pair continued making hits like Geetanjali which starred ‘
Akkineni Nagarjuna’, Meera which starred ‘
Chiyaan Vikram’ and ‘
Kuruthipunal in the year 1995 which starred Kamal Haasan in the lead role. The movie was an official entry to the Oscars.
Sreeram is famous to have worked with almost all leading stars of cinema and has also grabbed many awards at the Mumbai International Film Festival and at the ninth International Film Festival of Kerala. Sreeram married Swetha and has a son as well.
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It is an art to be in the same position for many years and yet maintain your demand to be in that place. Though the younger generation is bringing their creativity on the movie land, the uniqueness you gained for all these years will keep you safe in the same occupation. Nevertheless, you might have had many opportunities to climb the ladder and reach higher positions. But still resisting the temptation and continuing tells the passion you had for that career.
P C Sreeram is of such kind. He stepped into the film industry as a cinematographer and continued as a cinematographer all these years. P C Sreeram was born on 26 January, 1956, the day India became a republic, in Madras district in Tamil Nadu, India.
He did his secondary education at Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, in Mylapore area of Chennai district, Tamil Nadu. With great passion, he joined the Madras film institute to do his diploma in cinematography. By 1979, he had the certificate and flew to Madras in search of opportunities.
From his childhood, P C Sreeram had a great fascination for the film industry and especially to the cinematography aspect of filmmaking. In 1980, he worked on the Tamil movie, “Meendum Our Kaathal Kathai”. With his very first film itself, he gained the attention of the critics and won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film Director in 1984. Unfortunately, he had to taste some failures with the films he worked on later.
Soon, P C Sreeram paired with ‘Mani Ratnam’ and did cinematography for the then Tamil romantic drama,
Mouna Ragam, which released in 1986. Mohan and Revathi starred in the flick. Later, he extended his hand for ‘Nayagan’. This movie gave P C Sreeram the first ever National Film Award.
Agni Natchathiram is his next movie, which didn't get a very positive response. Again, the blend of Mani Ratnam and P C Sreeram's treat came up with the Telugu romantic movie ‘
Geethanjali’, which released in 1989. This film was a turning point for both Sreeram and Mani Ratnam. Positive response flowed in from all parts of society. It won one National Film Award and seven Nandi Awards for Best Story and Best Cinematography.
P C Sreeram became well-versed with cinematography and became a director. He directed a movie with a police based story called ‘Kuruthipunal’, starring ‘Kamal Haasan’ and ‘
Arjun’. Kuruthipunal was officially sent to the Oscars from India in 1996 and screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Then, P C Sreeram had many successful works to his credit. His filmography list is also very big. The most appreciating part is when he contributed for the Hindi film ‘
Paa’, which was directed by R. Balki.