It is a name quite familiar to the Malayalam film industry. He has cinematographed for over 125 films and is a Kerala State Award winning Cinematographer. Ramachandra Babu was born in a small town called Maduranthakam in the district of Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu. He was born on December 15, 1947. After his completion of BSc Chemistry from Loyola College, Madras, he moved on to join the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (FTII) to study cinematography. In addition to what he achieved educationally he also got to have a lot of friends from the Institute which helped him further in his future life as well as career. People like John Abraham, Balu Mahendra and K.G George who has made an impact in Indian Cinema through acting and directing were friends with Ramchandra in college.

His debut film was in the year 1971 as a cinematographer for the movie – Vidyarthikale Ithile Ithile which was even before he graduated from FTII. Writer Azad and Director John Abraham also entered the industry with this as their debut. There are two main works that made him noted and familiar in the industry - Nirmalyam (1973) and Swapanadanam (1976) which were both debuts from M.T. Vasudevan Nair and K.G. George, respectively who are directors as we look at them now. He graduated with his Diploma in Cinema (Motion Picture Photography) in the year 1971. All these films he had done till then were in black and white. Other than movies, he has also worked with the cinematography of several documentaries and advertisements as well. Even though most of what he has worked for is the Malayalam Film Industry, he has also functioned for films in Hindi, Arabic, Tamil, Telugu and English. His first color film was Dweep (1976), directed by Ramu Kariat. His introduction to the world of awards was through this film, and it won him his first Best Cinematographer Award from Kerala State Film Awards.

He won 3 more state awards all for cinematography in movies Rathinirvedham (1978) which was even remade recently, Chamaram (1980) and Vadakkan Veeragadha (1989) directed by Hariharan. Oru Vadakkan Veeragaadha was Voted the Third Greatest Indian Film of all time. He worked with all kinds of equipments and did all types of experiments.

aHe went through the transition of shooting from black and white to color. He was the cinematographer for the first CinemaScope film which was shot in South India but unfortunately got misrepresented. Another one of his films; Padayottam (1982) was photographed in CinemaScope format and was later converted to - 70mm blow-up prints along with added magnetic stereo sound (6 track).

Sethu Sriram Tamil Actor

Sethu Sriram

Sethu Sriram is a director, cinematographer, screenwriter, and an art director by profession in the Indian film industry. He was born in the South Indian state Chennai into a Tamil family. His father’s name is V. Sethuraman and mother’s name is S. Nagalaxmi, and both are professors by profession. He has two siblings. One is a scientist, and the other is an engineer by profession. He pursued the degree of B.S.C. in Physics and Diploma in the field of Film and Technology. He also did post-graduation in the field of Mass Communication and Journalism. He has worked in the films of different languages including Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, and Telugu. The first Hindi movie in which he has worked is known as “SNAFU.” Being a director of photography, his work can be seen in many films such as Hindi Shakti of 2002, Tere Naam of 2003, Wanted of 2008, MilengeMilenge of 2010, and OMG – Oh My God! of 2012. He has worked as a director in the films Blindfolded of 2000, Godfather of 2012, and SNAFU of 2014. Blindfolded was a short film for which he won the National Award for Best Short Film and Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) in the category of Best Debut Director in 2000. Godfather was a Kannada drama. He also worked as the director of photography in many other films such as Marcara – Malayalam Manorama of 1999, Punajani, Samurai, and Shakti: The Power of 2002, Tere Naam of 2003 Sri Anjaneyam of 2004, Priyasakhi and Thanmathra of 2005, Annavaram of 2006, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai of 2008, Teree Sang and Wanted of 2009, Ayyanaar and MilengeMilenge of 2010, Metro and ‘With Love, Delhi!’ of 2011, Godfather and OMG – Oh My God! of 2012, and Dussehra of 2018. He also contributed in the Camera and electrical department of many films including Gandharam, Gardish, Pavithram, Barsat, Halo, Kala Pani, Iruvar, Darmiyan, Di Se.., KuchKuchHota Hai, Malli, Pukar, Indra, and VandeMatram. He worked as an art director in the movie named “The Terrorist.” He was also honored with the Cameramen Association Award in the category of Best Cameramen for the film “Samurai” in 2003. He is a multi-talented person who has tried his hands in many fields of cinema ranging from small work of cameramen to a big director. His career journey has been amazing, and he has set a great example in the Indian film industry.

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