Ravi K Chandran is an ace Indian cinematographer. He has often associated with topnotch Indian directors like
Mani Ratnam, Priyadarshan,
Sanjay Leela Bhansali,
Karan Johar, A R Murugadoss and Rajeev Menon. He has endeavored in the art as well as commercial flicks.
Ravi K Chandran has been in the industry for over 33 years. Born on 1965 in Madurantakam Ravi kickstarted his career in Mollywood. He was an assistant to his sibling
Ramachandra Babu, who was a cameraman.He also got himself associated with
Manmohan Singh, who worked as the cinematographer in Yash Chopra’s films. Ravi ventured into Kollywood with the Vijayakanth starrer Honest Raj in 1992.
The year 1997 was a landmark in Ravi’s career as he started working independently. Rajeev Menon’s Minsara Kanavu (Sapne in Hindi) and Priyadarshan’s Virasat were the two flicks of him in this year. From then on there was no looking back for Ravi and he started associating with topnotch filmmakers. Some of his flicks include
Dil Chahta Hai, Black, Kannathil Muthamittal (for which he fetched the Filmfare Awards in 2002 for Best Cinematographer), Paheli, Yuva, Fanaa, Ghajini, My Name is Khan, etc. Saawariya and Black showcased his skills as an efficient cinematographer.
Ravi directed the 2014 Jiiva starrer Yaan, which received lukewarm esponse. The flick was released in Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu and Radha’s daughter Thulasi debuted through this flick. It’s an action thriller. It was criticized that though Ravi was an ace cinematographer he failed to leave a mark as a director. Ravi learned a lesson or two after helming direction.
Ravi has to his credit one Southern Film Award and two Filmfare Awards. At present, he is staying in Chennai. He is wedded to Hemalata and is blessed with two sons. Ravi is indeed a versatile cinematographer who brings a film to life.
Ravi K Chandran is a cinematographer working primarily in Tamil and Hindi industry. He is noted for his works in Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam industry. Some of his works which have been acclaimed everywhere are Citizen, Misaarakanavu, Kannathil, Kandukondain, Boys, Aayithe and Ezhuthu of Tamil language. His noted works of Hindi cinema are Virasat, Paheli, Dil Chahta Hai, Black, Yuva, Fanaa and Saawariya. Ravi was born in a village Maduranthakam in Tamil Nadu as the youngest child of his parents.
He did his graduation from AM Jain college, in 1982. His elder brother K Ramachandra Babu is himself a well-known cinematographer. Ravi is married to Hemalata and has two sons. He is presently a residing in Chennai. After completing his graduation, Ravi began his career in the cinema world. He started his career working under his elder brother and assisting him and gradually turned into an independent cinematographer. Along with it, he has also worked as a director of photography.
His debut movie as a cinematographer was Kilukkampetti which is a Malayalam movie. He entered the Tamil industry with the picture Honest Raj in 1994. Working as the director of photography, he made many ad films and music videos. During the year 1992 and 1993, Ravi did a lot of Malayalam films which are Arthana, Kilukkampetti, Thalasthanam, Mantrikacheppu, Priyapettakukku, Ekalayan, Mafia, Injakkadan Mathaiand sons and customs diary. These were followed by another two Malayalam films in 1995 , which are Aksharam and
The King. He started working in Bollywood in 1997, with the movie Virasat for which he received an award for best cinematographer.
In the same year, one of his works also hit the cinemas which were Minsaarakanavu where he worked as a co- cinematographer. He went on working in pictures like major Saab, Kannezhuthi, Pottumthottu, Snip, Kandukondainkandukondain, Raja Ko Rani se Pyaarhogya and citizen. In 2001, Dil Chahta Hai was released which had been nominated in the category of best cinematography for star screen awards.
The other pictures he has worked for are Bharat Anenenu,
Baar Baar Dekho, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Anjaan Aanjaani, My Name is Khan, Ghajni, Rab ne ban di Jodi, Firaq, Saawariya, Fanaa, Paheli, Yahan, Black, Boys,
Koi Mil Gaya, Calcutta mail, Mujhse Dosti karoge, 7 aumarivu and kannathilmuthamittal. He received Filmfare award for best cinematographer twice firstly for kannathilmuthamittal and secondly for black. Besides this, he also directed a Tamil film Yaan that released in 2014.