Mallidi Venu is the talented Indian film industry cinematographer and a director as well. He comes from an artistic family as he is the grandson of Karur Neelakanta Pillai, who is a Malayalam author. He is the founder of Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham (Writers' Co-operative Society). B. Saraswati is the mother of Venu, who is a writer. She wrote scripts for various movies. Venu had always been from a film background. Hence, he knew he had to pursue this career. In the year 1982, he graduated in cinematography from The Film and Television Institute, located in Pune in India. It is located in the Prabhat Film Company in the city Pune in Maharashtra.
He started his career in the year 1983 as a cinematographer with the film Prem Nazarene Kanmanilla. It is a Malayalam crime movie which stars Sreenivasan, Vijay Menon, and Maniyanpilla Raju. They act as kidnappers in it. Venu did cinematography for around more than eighty films. In the year 1987, came his two movies Amma Ariyan and Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal. Mallidi Venu won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography of these films. He has won the award thrice.
He has worked with various renowned directors like Mani Kaul, John Abraham,
, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Padmarajan(landmark films in Malayalam film industry), Bharathan and M. T. Vasudevan Nair(director and writer). In the year 1994, he again grabbed the National Film Awards for Best Cinematography for the movies Miss Beatty's Children(English Drama film by Pamela Rooks, shot in Southern India) and Ponthan Mada(Malayalam-language Indian feature film written and directed by T. V. Chandran). The film stars
, etc. Till now, he had become the leading cinematographer in the industry. In the year 1997, came many successful movies like Minsara Kanavu, Lal Darja(Bengali allegorical Drama film about a dentist), and Bhoothakkannadi. After cinematography, he moved towards the directorial line. In the year 1998, he made his first film as a director. The name of the movie was Daya. It was a period fiction which was written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. It was a film in the Malayalam language which starred
in the lead role. The picture was a blockbuster. It was widely acclaimed, and Venu bagged the Film Award of Kerala for Best Debut Director for the same. After the success of this movie, he directed Munnariyippu in the year 2014. It was a hit as well. Venu married an editor of Indian films,