Crafting images from scratch, cinematographers are the ones who ensure that mere yet inherently meaningful images drive their story. Indian cinematographers are like Batman. Not in the mainstream spotlight but amidst cinematic intellectuals and equals.
Santosh Sivan is one of the golden names in Indian Cinematography.
Bagging almost 13 National Awards and entitled with a Padma Shri. he is the first Indian to get into the world famous Society of American Cinematographers.
The song ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ was a grand success because of the well-studied angles and view shots by Sivan.
Or using the old aspect ratio to enhance the movie Ivar's periodic flavor.
Not to forget Asoka, Roja, Before the Rains and Pride and Prejudice – all of them a filmy grandeur on its own.
2. Ravi K. Chandran
While doing the cinematography for Fanaa, he was appreciated by the prominent director
Aditya Chopra for his skill of narrating a story where there was silence, thus bagging a position in the painting of scenes in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Khan to Khan in B-Town, he was the man behind the lens which focused on the scenes in Ghajini, My Name Is Khan and
Dil Chahta Hai.
His South Indian movies include Yaan and 7aum Arivu.
In our experience, you cannot ever doubt Mr.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali - someone who loves artistic settings in a scene and would take no less than utter perfection. Anil Mehta’s first work was with this stubborn director in Khamoshi: The Musical, which is enough to appreciate his expertise in creations.
They collaborated again in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam due to his efficiency.
Saathiya and Highway being the two of the most successful films worked on by him.
4. P.C. Sreeram
He is the Guru of Cinematography, amongst filmmakers.
The man behind the camera in the movie Nayakan, which found its way into the Times List.
Contributed to almost 30 films in Malayalam, Telegu, Hindi, and Kannada.
Acclaimed films include Paa and the recent one which is about to release ‘
Ki and Ka’.
'A Bong boy from Kolkata' is what he prefers to call himself.
His debut being Bollywood director Ram Gopal Verma’s Road.
Followed by Iqbal, which was loved equally by the audience as well as by critics.
He dared to shoot most of ‘Chak De India!’ without a tripod, albeit criticized for being less glamorous and having a documented feel to it. He won four awards (Filmfare, Screen, IIFA and Zee Cine) for it!
6. K.V. Anand
He is a cinematographer from the early 1990s.
His work consists more of South Indian movies ranging from prominent Tamil movies like Rajnikanth starrer ‘Sivaji- the Boss’, which did justice to the image of the Superman of South India, to Malayalam movies like
Thenmavin Kombathu, which was a 1994 Malayalam Musical Comedy starring legendary actors Mohan Lal,
Nedumudi Venu, and Shobana. Combined with the Best Production Set Design of
Sabu Cyril, K.V. Anand won the Best Cinematography Award.
This brilliant cinematographer has worked with director
Anurag Kashyap several times, collaborating in some serious artistic endeavors.
Also rendering his skills in the Malayalam movie
He has won accolades such as National Awards for Dev D in 2010, which was shot with low ISO.
Best cinematographer for the movie Liar’s Dice in 2014, with a woman protagonist which gained its entry into the Oscars.
A versatile cinematographer who has gained accolades, and has worked under the wing of prominent filmmakers like
Shyam Benegal, and
Again in the 2000s, he collaborated with Mani Ratnam in the movie Guru, which had B-town’s well-known couple
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai.
His direction of photography in Chantham – an award winning Malayalam film directed by Jayaraj rose him to fame on an international level.
He creates a realistic picture of poetic frames.
His notable work can be easily seen in the movies Raam Leela: Goliyo Ki Raasleela, Tamasha, Barfi!
This Sri Lankan born Indian Cinematographer was so good with his camera skills, that he began his career as a director. Sadly, he passed away on 13th February 2014.
His kitty includes Best Cinematography Awards and
Filmfare Awards South along with other State Awards.
Thalaimuragal, Moondram Pirai, and Sadma - are his critically acclaimed and appreciated Indian movies.
All these 10 are few of the many visually gifted Indian artists out there. They possess the Miksang (Tibetan word for Good Eye) power.
Empowering the technology, instead of the contrary!