B. C. Gowrishankar

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B. C. Gowrishankar
Born(1950-02-26)26 February 1950
Died16 November 2004(2004-11-16) (aged 54)
Bangalore, India
Nationality Indian
OccupationCinematographer, film director, screenwriter
Years active1977–2004
SpouseMamatha Rao
Children Rakshita

B. C. Gowrishankar (25 February 1950 – 16 November 2004) was an Indian cinematographer and an occasional film director and screenwriter who worked primarily in Kannada cinema. He was known for his unorthodox style as a cinematographer and was recognised for his work in both art and commercial films. [1] Gowrishankar won six Karnataka State Film Awards during his career as a cinematographer. [2] In 1988 he directed the fairly successful Elu Suttina Kote with Ambarish, Gautami and a young Ramesh Aravind.


Personal life

Early life

Gowrishankar was born on 26 February 1950 to B. Channabasappa and Shashimukhi in Bangalore. He received the Diploma in Cinematography from Jayachamarajendra Polytechnic and worked in the Kanteerava Studios, Bangalore for some time.

Married life

Gowrishankar married Mamatha Rao, a Kannada actress who acted in movies like Hosa Belaku, Praaya Praaya Praaya and Antharala. His daughter Rakshita was a popular actress during the 2000s.


Gowrishankar debuted as a cinematographer in the 1977 Kannada language film Anuroopa. Along with Anuroopa, his work in 1970s films like Spandana (1978) and Arivu (1979) won his critical acclaim. [2]

In the 1995 critically acclaimed mafia film Om (1995), he used filters to capture the mood of the underworld. His work in Pushpaka Vimana (1987) and Mungarina Minchu (1998) was appreciated. In the 1996 film Janumada Jodi , he picturised the song "Mani Mani Manigondu Daara" on Shivarajkumar, Shilpa and Pavithra Lokesh with the sunset in the backdrop, for nine days, as the sunset would last only for a few minutes. The song "Deepavu Ninnade Gaaliyu Ninnade" from the film Mysore Mallige (1992) was picturised by him on Sudharani in the light of one small lamp. His work in the film won him his fifth State Film Award.



As cinematographer

As director

As screenwriter

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  1. "B.C. Gowrishankar dead". The Hindu. 17 November 2004. Archived from the original on 7 February 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2021.
  2. 1 2 "Camera was his magic wand". Deccan Herald. 5 December 2004. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2014.