A middle-class boy from Chennai, Sivakumar Vijayan, is now a well- known and an accomplished Cinematographer. Vijayan gained popularity after his first independent film as a Cinematographer in Vidiyum Munn. Brought up in Chennai and Kolkata, Vijayan is also an Electronics Engineer; graduated from Madras University. During his college days, he started to gain interest in film photography.In fact, it was Sreeram’sAlaipayuthey that inspired him to pursue cinematography instead of engineering. And so, immediately after completing his engineering, he joined Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata focusing on Motion picture photography (cinematography). Vijayan has started his career as Assistant Cinematographer with P. C. Sreeram in the film Paa(2009), Ishq (2012).

For this gentleman, the magic is in moving images, unlike photography, which is about the decisive moment. Further as a Cinematographer, he becomes famous for his work inMalayalam movies Vidiyum Munn, Iraivi and Iruthi Suttru (it was made in Hindi as well named; “SallaKhadoos”) Sivakumar Vijayan got his biggest break with the film Vidiyum Munn. During his college days in SRFTI, a friend of him named Valram(who was the assistant director toBalaji) showed a documentary to Balaji K. Kumar( the director). Eventually, they became friends and made Vidiyum Munn together. Vijayan stated in an interview that they shared similar ideology while making the script. And as a result, Vidiyum Munn was a grand success.

It is the only Indian film being screened at the 21st International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in Vesoul, France.“Cinematography shouldn’t be noticeable. It’s not about flamboyant frames that distract viewers from the story. Good cinematography works subconsciously, and one of the hardest things to do is look away from that beautiful frame, just a click away,” he says, during an interview. Siva entered the industry when cinematography was moving from film to digital. He believes in digital; it allows you to experiment, but shooting film is something spiritual. The film gives you results that are closest to what you see with the naked eye.

Ravi Varman

Ravi was born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. By profession, he is a cinematographer. Also, he penned the script and directed one movie. He has got some nominations and awards for his brilliant works. With a connection to the South Indian movie industry, he also has worked in Bollywood, and his work won acclamation. His great zeal for literature helped him to create a magazine (online) named Yavarum Kelir. His interest in photography is linked to the death of his mother, who he lost at a very young age. He grew up watching movies, but he never thought that he will make his career in the film industry. Ravi has been a part of various languages movies like Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English. He has done some TV commercials, albums and short films. For the movie ‘Barfi’, he got four awards and one for ‘Goliyo Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’. His work got noticed in ‘Anniyan’, as he got applause for this movie. His recent work was in the movie, ‘Tamasha’, and one upcoming venture with Mani Ratnam. He also produced two movies. He did a video album for the songwriter, M.I.A. (British Tamil), named Bird Flu. He created a documentary named Child Environment. Another Version of this Bio... Ravi Varman is an Indian cinematographer and director, who works in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi films. He began his journey with a Malayalam film. He is also known for his writings, which has attracted the audience’s attention for his various works. He has also worked with a music video for a song named ‘Bird Flu’. Recently, he made his directorial debut with the film, Moscowin Cauvery. Apart from this, he has worked in several short films, music albums and television commercials. Ravi Varman, born in a village near Thanjavur, a town in South India, developed an interest in photography at a very young age when he went to the studio to enlarge a picture of his mother, who passed away at that time. He slowly developed a passion for movies as he grew up. When he was very young, as his parents were not there, he felt very lonely. Depression increased and it led him to a point, which made him decide to commit suicide. But he got arrested for this. He then came to Chennai to change his life. He worked as an assistant to Ravi Chandran. He has a huge list in his resume, which includes work with several popular directors. His notables include ‘Autograph’, ‘Anniyan’, ‘Dasavatharam’, ‘Villu’, ‘Barfi’, ‘Tamasha’, ‘Santham’, ‘Five Star’, ‘Jai’, ‘Five by Four’, and many more. He has mentioned in many interviews that it was a dream come true for him after his call to handle the camera in Shankar’s, Anniyan. He has the pride of being the only cinematographer in the history of Indian cinema to get an international award at the 23rd Cannes Film Festival for the Malayalam film, ‘Santham’. Recently, he has been signed up for the upcoming, yet untitled, Mani Ratnam’s film. 

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