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
. 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.