A movie's technical components, like cinematography, are as important to its success. Thanks to the outstanding work of top cinematographers, Kollywood has seen a significant evolution in its cinematography in recent years. Here is a list of some top Sandalwood directors of photography who have proven themselves.
Indian filmmaker Bhuvan Gowda specialises in Kannada-language movies. His contributions to Ugramm (2014),
(2017), and KGF Chapter 1 (2018), followed by KGF Chapter 2 are well recognised. After the primary cameraman departed the film for Prashanth Neel's Ugramm (2014), Gowda started his career as a cinematographer.
An Indian cinematographer named I Naveen Kumar has primarily worked in the Kannada film business. Madha Gaja, I Naveen's previous movie last movie released in theatres, and came out in 2021. He has been awarded the best cinematographer in the Karnataka state film award for Ammachi Yemba Kanasu.
3. Santosh Rai:
An Indian filmmaker and cinematographer named Santosh Rai Pathaje have primarily worked in the Kannada film industry. Well-known films like Padavi Poorva and Sugar Factory, Santosh Rai has worked. Padavi Poorva, directed by Santosh Rai, was his last movie released in theatres. He has been awarded the best cinematographer in the Karnataka state film award for Chamak.
Shekar Chandru is an Indian cinematographer well-known for his work in the Kannada film industry. He began his career in 2007 with the film Krishna. After that, he worked on several motion pictures, earning him credits for Aramane, Sangama, Brahma,
, Kotigobba 3, Amma I Love You, and
Thayige Thakka Maga
First Rank Raju
is a song from his 2019 release.
Indian director of photography Satya Hegde specialises in Kannada films. In 2002, he made his acting debut in Taali Kattuva Shubhavele. Since then, he appeared in over 20 movies and was praised by critics for his roles in Duniya (2007) and Myna (2013). He has been awarded the best cinematographer in the Karnataka state film award for Raate.
6. H. C. Venugopal:
An Indian cinematographer named H. C. Venugopal has experience in the Tamil and Kannada film industries. Since the latter half of the 1990s, he has been busy, frequently working with renowned Kannada filmmakers on films like A (1998), Sparsha (1999),
(2016), to mention a few. He also took part in the filming of
Katari Veera Surasundarangi
(2012), the first Kannada 3D movie.
7. S. Krishna:
S. Krishna is an Indian director and cinematographer who specialises in Kannada films. In Mungaru Male, he introduced a fresh perspective for cinematography through breath-taking visuals. He also got an appreciation for his work in Haage Summane.
8. P. K. H. Das:
A well-known director and cinematographer are P K H Das. Aaptharakshaka, Arakshaka, Shivalinga, Maurya, Rama Shama Bhama, and Chaitrada Premanjali are just a few of the films that Das has worked on. He is well renowned for his work in post-production (2016). In 2017, Das made his directing debut with the drama Jani. Das worked as the cinematographer in the 2017 film Women's Day by filmmaker Isha. He will release Aayushmanbhava in 2019.
9. G. S. Bhaskar:
Indian cinematographer G. S. Bhaskar specialises in Kannada films. Bhaskar worked as a cinematographer in notable films including Saaz, Nagamandala, Accident, Koormavatara, and Mookajjiya Kanasugalu in addition to assisting as a second camera assistant on the Academy Award-winning biopic Gandhi.
10. B L Babu:
Indian director B L Babu predominantly directs films for the Kannada cinema industry. Releasing his first film, Punaraphi, in 2018. He has been awarded the best cinematographer in the Karnataka state film award for Ondooralli.