The movies which we see on the screen look so great because of not only the ones in front of the camera but also the ones behind it, and here Nettv4u brings you another biography of an Indian cinematographer who has given his life to the Bollywood film industry and never expected anything in return. Velrajan, also known by the name R. Velraj, was born on 21st October 1969 under the Libra star sign in Thirunagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. For schooling, he went to PKN Boys Higher Secondary School, Thirunagar. After completing his schooling, Velraj went to Madurai Sourashtra College, Madurai for completing his graduation.

He had the spark to be a photographer from his childhood, and during college days he got the opportunity to make enough connections, and he started working as an assistant to the cinematographer, Tirru and assisted him in a few of Tamil language movies, and they celebrated "Aalavandhan" together. He came into Hindi language films with 23rd March 1931with "Shaheed" in the year 2002. Then came "Supari" followed by our favorite comedy movie, " Phir Hera Pheri Click to look into! >> Read More... ". In 2007, he won Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer for the film " Polladhavan Click to look into! >> Read More... ". He worked in Malayalam language films called "Malabar Wedding" and "Kandhar".

The film "Aadukalam" of Tamil language, brought fame to his career. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer- South in the year 2011 and Vikatan Award for Best Cinematographer as well. He received Vikatan Award for another Tamil movie "Engeyum Eppodhum". He worked in Kannada language film "Savaari" in 2012. He was the cinematographer for films like "Naan Rajavaga Pogiren", " Naiyaandi Click to look into! >> Read More... ", "Ethir Neecha"l, " Velaiyilla Pattathari Click to look into! >> Read More... ", " Poriyaalan Click to look into! >> Read More... ", " Vai Raja Vai Click to look into! >> Read More... ". His upcoming films are "Mariyappan" about to release in English and Tamil language and " Power Paandi Click to look into! >> Read More... ", coming in the year 2017.

He has appeared as an actor for special appearances in two of the films which are " Pugazh Click to look into! >> Read More... " and "Naan Rajavaga Pogiren". He In the year 2014, he made his debut as a director in the Tamil film called "Velaiyilla Pattathari", and he received SIIMA Award for Best Debut Director. His other directorial movie is " Thangamagan Click to look into! >> Read More... ", released in the year 2015. He wrote stories for both of the films directed by him, and they received good responses. His fans expect more films from him as a director and cinematographer and promise to support him always.

Ravi Varman Tamil Actor

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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Nirav Shah

Nirav Shah is an esteemed name, in the field of Indian cinematography. He is best known for his works in Bollywood blockbusters “Dhoom,” and “Dhoom 2”, and numerous other Hindi and Tamil hits.  Nirav started off his career with various assignments on short films, music videos, and also television advertisements, and often worked as an assistant cinematographer or as an ancillary to acclaimed cinematographers. Following which, he realized his passion for cinematography and started working independently.  The year 2004 marked Nirav’s debut in feature film cinematography, with the release of “Paisa Vasool,” which featured Manisha Koirala, Sushmita Sen, and Sushant Singh, in lead roles. The movie also marked Manisha Koirala’s debut in the production department. Shah followed his debut with another Hindi film, Intequam. It was his work in the Bollywood hit “Dhoom,” which catapulted Shah’s career into a renowned cinematographer, and a well-known name in the industry.  Nirav was also the recipient of a Star Screen Award nomination in the category of “Best Bollywood Cinematography,” in 2004. Consequently, offers flooded in from the Tamil film industry, and Shah made his Kollywood debut with the 2005 action film “Sandakozhi,” which was directed by N.Linguswamy. In the same year, Tamil movie director Vishnuvardhan offered Shah the chance to work together in “Pattiyal”. The duo collaborated along with music director and composer, Yuvan Shankar Raja, in various projects, and is reckoned as one of the most profitable associations in Tamil cinemas. The trio of ‘Vishnu-Shah-Yuvan’ has worked together in movies such as Arinthum Ariyamalum in 2005, Billa, and Sarvam, in 2007 and 2008, respectively.  Shah received a State Award by the Tamil Nadu Government for Billa. He made a brief return to Bollywood to work on films such as Dhoom 2 and Banaras. Shah received a National Award nomination in cinematography for both movies. He was the recipient of the title of “Best Cinematography for a Bollywood Movie,” for Dhoom 2. In 2007, Shah signed up for Pokkiri, produced by Prabhu Deva, and Oram Po, Pushkar-Gayathri’s debut project. The following year, the well-known film-maker S.Shankar offered Shah to be a part of his mega-budget movie, ‘Enthiran,’ considered to be the former’s masterpiece. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, Shah had to decline the offer.  Shah also worked with Prabhu Deva in the 2009 Bollywood flick “Wanted,” which was a remake of Pokkiri. Shah has worked in various other movies such as Madrasapattinam, Va, Vaanam, Vettai, Love Failure, Thaandavam, Thalaivaa, Saivam, Kaaviya Thalaivan, Inji Iduppazhagi, Size Zero, Gabbar Is Back, and “Idhu Enna Maayam,” just to name a few of his legion. He is reportedly working on constructing and developing a film studio in Chennai, which is apparently going to be India’s biggest.

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