V. S. R. Swamy is a multi-tasker who exploded in the Telegu industry due to his sheer talent and brilliance as a cinematographer and a director. He was born to his parents at Valliwartipadu, Gudivada Mandal which is in the Krishna district. However, he migrated to Chennai to dedicate all his time and energy to his work. He made his debut into the film industry as a supporting person working in the camera and electrical department on the sets of Far. However, his first film as the head of photography was Asadhyudu. The industry knew him as a cinematographer who relished doing different experiments with the camera.
In an era when film shootings used to wrap up after six in the evening due to unavailability of proper equipment and camera to shoot the scenes in the yellow lights which would affect the quality of the video. However, V. S. R. Swamy shot a scene for his movie Bhakta Kannappa, in which he worked as a cinematographer, post six with finesse. Since no one had witnessed such a thing before, everyone applauded and appreciated his efforts. He was also an expert in shooting scenes which had artists playing double roles in it. After this success, he went on to work in more than two hundred and fifty films.
He also directed a movie named Maha Shaktimaan in the year 1985, and Apadhbandhuvulu. Some of his noted works include Katha Nayakudu, Pataal Bhairavi,
, Devudu Chesina Manushulu, Andala Ramudu, Bhakta Tukaram, Indra,
, Lakshmi Narasimha,
, Chattamtho Porattam, Kondaveeti Simhasanam, Siri Siri Muvva, and much more. He had also directed a film with actor Srikant, but the film had to be stopped midway due to unforeseeable reasons. He has a son from his marriage whose name is Aravind. Unfortunately, at the age of seventy, when he had traveled to Machilipatnam to attend a wedding, he suffered a cardiac arrest.
The other guests rushed him to the hospital but he breathed his last even before the doctors could treat him. Before his death, his final project was
which released in the year 2004 and had mega superstar Prabhas as the leading hero. The film, however, performed poorly at the box office. A man who loved taking on challenges and being different V. S. R. Swamy dedicated his entire life to the Telugu film industry and worked relentlessly as a cinematographer.
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V. S. R. Swamy was born in Valliwartipadu located in Gudivada Mandal, District Krishna, Andhra Pradesh, India. By profession he is a cinematographer and director in Telugu Film Industry. Due to his profession and busy schedule, he shifted to Chennai and settled over there later in his life. He went to Machiipatnam to attend a wedding, where he died accidently. When he was 70, he suffered a major cardiac arrest, he was saved by his son Arvind as he took him to the hospital for treatment well in time.
He was very innovative at his work, he always had an urge to try something new, and in those days, when technology and science was not very evident in a country like India, many of his experiments in photography experiments were quite successful and well appreciated. He used to work with his camera during nights too when people used to stop working after 6:00 p.m. due to dim light.
His passion towards his work was what made him different from others. His work was quite appreciated for the movie “Bhakta Kannappa” because he shot a whole scene of the movie in dim yellow light. If there was ever a situation of shooting a dual character, he had his own way of doing so. He used to show the movie to the crew members to ensure that it as come out perfectly. In the movie “Asadhuyudu” he debuted as the director of photography and after that he gave 250 Telugu super hits with his photography skills. He has also shown his skills in the movie “Apadhbandhuvulu” and “Maha Shaktiman”(Bollywood) as a director and also controlled the megaphone. His individual venture with Srikanth in the lead was stopped halfway due to some technical and budget related issues. He also worked as a camera operator in the movie “
” released in the year 1967. “Adavi Ramudu” released in the year 2004 was his last movie as a cinematographer.
He also did a course of photography for six months from FTTI from pune. He was one of the students from the very first batch of the institute. After he completed the course and getting a certificate, he went back to Chennai and learnt Motion Picture Photography from very famous Ravi Nagaich and worked with him for quite a long time. His films won many awards in his career; One of them being “Nandi Award for Best Cinematographer.”