Indian cinematographers

Jun 08, 2018 Written by Harshit Cinematography Appreciation


Indian cinematographers

Indian cinema has various territorial film centers: Chennai for Tamil Cinema films, Mumbai for films in Marathi and Hindi, Hyderabad for Telugu Films, Kolkata for Bengali films, Bangalore for Kannada films etc. Most Indian cinematographers are known for their work with one local industry.

Have you ever looked at a film and told yourself, “The camera work is pure magic”? Have you at any point felt entranced by the magnificence that exists within the lighting of a scene and wondered how something as simple as a room can look so beautiful? If the answer is yes, then mate, you have no one else, however, the Indian Cinematographer to thank for giving you a visual treat. A cinematographer is somebody who handles quite a bit of what you see and how you see it.  And vast film industries of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi cinema etc. have brought many geniuses to us who have handled this activity exceptionally well.

Crafting pictures from scratch, Indian cinematographers are the ones who guarantee that mere yet inherently meaningful images drive their story. Indian cinematographers resemble Batman. Not in the mainstream spotlight but amidst cinematic intellectuals and equivalent.


We can entitle him as “Father of Cinematographers”, mainly as he made an ardent dynamism to the spectators. For example, “Kuruthipunal” was a stunning success and was also preferred for Oscar Awards as the authorized entrance from India in the year 1996. Not only in Kuruthipunal, he had also overwhelmed the addressees with Geethanjali and Mounaragam. His flair made him a reputable cinematographer in Bollywood as well.


He is a famous Indian cinematographer and is one of the favorites of Priyadharshan (Director). He has recurrently teamed up with major Indian filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Priyadarshan. Ravi K. Chandran has bagged 1 Southern Filmfare Award and 2 Filmfare Awards during his career.


Anil Mehta is a cinematographer, director and writer of Indian films. He studied cinematography at Film and Television Institute of India. He has shot numerous hits such as Khamoshi: The Musical, Lagaan, Veer-Zaara and Saathiya. His 1st feature film was Aaja Nachle. It was produced by the Yash Raj banner. It was released on November 9, 2007; the movie stars were Madhuri Dixit, Akshaye Khanna, Kunal Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma. He sacked National Film Award for the Best Cinematography for his bit of work in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.


Balu Mahendra is an Indian movie producer, cinematographer and screenwriter comprehensively considered as part of the milieu in a beckon of screenwriters and directors from Chennai film industry who invigorated Tamil cinema. He primarily developed an early interest in the field of photography. Balu Mahendra is a cinematography graduate and a gold medalist from FTII. He started his film calling as a cameraman for Malayalam motion picture Nellu in the year 1974, which made him earn the best cinematographer award from Kerala Government. He has been picked as the best cinematographer for as many as 10 films. He led the way for creative camera approach for colour in Southern India. He has won 5 National Film Awards and 3 Filmfare Awards South for the Best Director.