A movie's technical components, like cinematography, are as important to its success. Thanks to the outstanding work of top cinematographers, Tollywood has seen a significant evolution in its cinematography in recent years. Here is a list of some top Tollywood directors of photography who have proven themselves.
1. PC Sreeram:
PC Sreeram is the only one who even remotely compares Bartley as the greatest of all time. Some people refer to Sreeram as the God of Cinematography because of his stunning images. He has created everything, including the UNREAL graphics in Ai in China and the Panchadannamey images in Sakhi. Although he mostly works in Tamil, Geetanjali, Kushi, Ishq, and Naa Nuvve are some of his most prominent Telugu films.
2. Senthil Kumar:
Senthil Kumar, one of the top cameramen in the world, is the biggest superstar in Tollywood alone. He is most known for his work with SS Rajamouli. He has only appeared in seven of the director's eleven films, skipping Student No. 1, Simhadri, Vikramarkudu, and
. Who can forget the images from Baahubali 1 and 2 with its famous shots and masterclasses from Chatrapathi, Yamadonga, and Eega? The most anticipated film in India, RRR, starring
and Jr. NTR, is his upcoming release. And if the two teasers are any indication, the images will give everyone goosebumps plenty.
Guhan has worked on several timeless Telugu films, but he is recognised for his collaborations with Trivikram and Sreenu Vaitla. In addition to the masterwork Athadu, whose songs and graphics have become enduring symbols of Telugu cinema, he is also known for the films Jalsa, portions of Khaleja, the all-time classic Dookudu, Baadshah, SVSC, Aagadu, Nani, Jawaan, and Mister. Everyone agreed that Mister was terrible, but the outstanding graphics by Guhan were its single redeeming grace. In 2019, he made his debut as a filmmaker with the release of the Kalyan Ram-starring film 118.
4. R Rathnavelu:
One of India's top film directors, the star cinematographer rose to stardom with Allu Arjun's enduring Arya. He is well known for working on all of Sukumar's films, except Arya 2 and Nannaku Prematho. His work includes the critically acclaimed films Sarileru Neekevvaru, which captured the Konda Reddy Buruju in all its beauty, and the visually stunning 1 Nenokkadine. Robo features Rajinikanth, Jagadam, 100% Love, Kumar 21F, Khaidi No. 150, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, and Brahmotsavam, a torture tool. Shankar's Indian 2 is his up-and-coming film.
5. PS Vinod:
One another of TFI's top performers, PS Vinod is renowned for creating breathtaking images in several Telugu films. After working on
and recently the visual feast known as Ala Vaikunthapurramlo, he has only lately begun his connection with
. His other works include Dhruva, Hello,
Soggade Chinni Nayana
1 and 2, Panjaa, Manam, and Oopiri, for which he received Filmfare awards for Best Cinematographer Telugu. His forthcoming film is Vakeel Saab, a Telugu adaptation of Pink starring
6. Chota K Naidu:
Chota K Naidu is the uncle of actor
and has worked on several Telugu films. He is known for doing immaculate work. Except for his off-screen antics, such as abruptly kissing Kajal on stage and clinging to Tamannah's hand for a long time, the star cinematographer is responsible for masterpieces like Adhurs and Brindavanam. The following are only a few examples of his works: Choodalani Vundi, Daddy, Aazad, Gangotri, Johnny, Tagore, Gudumba Shankar, Lakshmi, Raviteja's Krishna, Damarukam, Veera, Julayi, Naayak,
7. Shyam K Naidu:
The great cameraman, who is Chota's brother, is well known for working on several of Puri Jagannadh's renowned films, including the commercial success Pokiri. Raja, Seenu, Idiot, Tagore, Shivamani, ANdhrawala, and Nagarjuna's Mass are some of his compositions. Super. Businessman, Bodyguard,
Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu
, Temper, and Dictator are among the characters in Desamuduru, Chirutha, Bujjigadu, Neninthe,
, Nagavalli, and Rajanna. His forthcoming film, Narappa, a Telugu adaptation of Asuran, stars Venkatesh.
8. V Manikandan:
Manikandan, who is reputed to be one of India's top cinematographers, has only worked on the satirical Agnythaavasi starring Pawan Kalyan and Trivikram. Even though the film was among the worst ever produced, Manikandan's breathtaking graphics were its one saving grace.
Om Shanti Om
, Billu, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Aparichitudu are some of his other works.
Prasad Murella, another renowned Telugu cinematographer, is widely known for his collaborations with Sreenu Vaitla and Trivikram. He also served as the director of photography for the commercial success
starring Pawan Kalyan. His previous films include Dhee, Chandamama, Ready, King, Namo Venkatesa, S/O of Satyamurthy,
, Katamarayudu, and most recently
. His first significant Telugu film was Raviteja's legendary Venky.
10. Ravi K Chandran:
One of the top cameramen in India, he has only worked on one Telugu film, Mahesh Babu's Bharat Ane Nenu, although he abandoned the production midway through for unspecified reasons. But many more dubbed Hindi movies, such as Boys, Ghajini Hindi, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, My Name is Khan, Agneepath 2012, and 7th Sense starring Suriya, include his other work.