S. Gopal Reddy is an Indian director, producer, cinematographer, and screenwriter. The multi-talented personality has given his contribution to the Telugu and Bollywood film industry. He has established the Durga Arts a production house. He won two Filmfare Award (South) as the best Cinematographer for his work in the films like ‘ Varsham’ and ‘ Sri Ramadasu’. He was born in Andhra Pradesh. He started his career at Venus Studios in 1968 under the guidance of V.S.R Swami, who is a veteran cinematographer. At that time, the films were pictured in black and white print. He made his entry into Telugu film industry in 1979 with the film Raktha Tilakam. He has been a part of many movies from the Telugu industry like ‘Dhruva Nakshatram,’ ‘ Moodu Mullu,’ ‘Nelavanka,’ ‘Rendu Jella Seetha,’ ‘Nalugu Sthambalata’ and many more. In 1980, he made a movie in Hindi cinema. His first movie was ‘Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye’ in the year 1983. The movie starred Mithun Chakraborty, Rekha, and Rati Agnihotri in the lead roles.

His next work was ‘Aakhree Raasta’ in 1986. He has worked with famous ‘actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Smita Patil, Pran in the movie ‘Dilwaala’ which was an action thriller and released in the year 1986. His movie ‘ Shiva’ with Ram Global Verma was one of his most notable works. He has worked as a cameraman for films like ‘Aakhree Raasta,’ ‘Inquilaab,’ and ‘Sooryavansham’ which starred Amitabh Bachchan. ‘ Kachche Dhaage’ in 1999 was one of his most appreciated works. The movie starred ‎Ajay Devgn, Manisha Koirala, Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. He has produced movies for some famous actor like Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna Akkineni, and many more. He has been a producer of films like ‘Coolie no. 1,’ ‘ Criminal,’ ‘ Deewaar,’ ‘Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin,’ ‘Shirdi Sai,’ and the latest ‘Drushyam’ in 2015.

He got married to Michaela, who is the elder sister of cinematographer Rasool Ellore. The couple has two children, a daughter Sandhya and son Sundeep. His son is also known in the industry as a professional cinematographer. He has won the Filmfare Award (South) for best Cinematographer twice. First, he won for the movie ‘Varsham’ in 2004 and second ‘Sri Ramadasu’ in 2006.

Bharani K Dharan

Bharani K. Dharan is a cinematographer in the South Indian movie industry. He is known for his work in Telugu movie industry and Malayalam movie industry. He also did a Kannada film ‘Ramleela’ which released in 2015. He is a relatively famous cinematographer and has earned himself a name within the industry circles. Beginning his career with ‘Pranam’, a 2003 romantic movie dealing with incarnations, there was no looking back. Though the story of incarnations has been done to death in almost all of Indian film industry, the movie was applauded for the fresh way the story and movie looked. He is known for films like ‘Dubai Seenu’, ‘Pranam’, ‘Devadasu’, ‘D-Company’. This ace cinematographer has worked with industry giants like Mammootty and Suresh Gopi in ‘The King & the Commissioner’ , Fahadh Faasil in ‘D- Company’, Ileana De Cruz in ‘Devadasu’, Allari Naresh in ‘Yamaho Yama’, Ravi Teja in ‘Dubai Seenu’, Jagapathi Babu in ‘Homam’, ‘Siddham’ and ‘Hitudu’, etc. The list of projects he has worked on in Tollywood includes ‘Pranam’, ‘Dubai Seenu’, ‘Devadasu’, ‘Yamaho Yama’, ‘Money, money, more money’, ‘Maa Nanna Chiranjeevi’(remake of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’), Homam(influenced by ‘The Departed’), ‘Manasu Palike Mouna Raagam’, ‘Siddham’, ‘Hello Premistara’, ‘Bham Bolenath’, ‘Yogam’, ‘Bhadadri’, ‘Police Police’, ‘Veedhi: The Street’, ‘Hitudu’. His work in Mollywood includes ‘Puthiya Mugham’, ‘D- Company’, ‘Hero’, ‘Lucky Jokers’, ‘SIM: Sorry I’m Mad’, ‘Chaverpada’, ‘The Thriller’, ‘Sathya’, ‘Dolphins’, ‘London Dreams’, ‘The King & the Commissioner’. Bharani K. Dharan grew up in Chennai and frequents between Chennai, Hyderabad and Kerala for work. He can read Tamil but his work isn’t much known in the Tamil movie industry- Kollywood. He is a part of the ‘South-Indian Cinematographers Association’ (SICA). He has utilized his skills and genius and has done versatile movies spanning genres like romance, political thrillers, fantasy, thrillers and gangster movies. The same camera that captured the innocence of actresses has covered a host of gangster movies and crime movies. Like this one scene in ‘Manasu Palike Mouna Raagam’ wherein, Sneha’s face is tilted slightly to the left, holding a white calf, with patches of black, with the backdrop of a field. You could feel the gentle breeze hitting you while you get lost in the swirls of the heroine’s eyes. Now, contrast this to his gory movie ‘Veedhi: The Street’ where he doesn’t try to shy away from violence- he openly embraces it. The gory action sequences with blood splashing everywhere and severed heads tell you he doesn’t care to appeal to the audience but to shock them out of their seats. The surge of energy as he focuses his camera on the hero doesn’t even need mentioning. He is a unique blend of talent and expertise. Whether you like the film or not, you just can’t point fingers at the cinematography. That man knows what he does.

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Bharani K Dharan Telugu Actor