Ravi K. Chandran

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Ravi K. Chandran, ISC
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Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Director of Photography, Film Director
Years active1992—present
Home town Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Title ISC
Relatives Ramachandra Babu (brother)
Website http://www.ravikchandran.com

Ravi K. Chandran, ISC is an Indian cinematographer, and director known for his works in Tamil cinema, Malayalam cinema and Bollywood. [1] He is the founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC). His most recognized works are Minsaara Kanavu (1997), , Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Citizen (2001), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Boys (2003), Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004) in Tamil cinema, [2] Ekalavyan (1993), The King (1995), Mafia (1993), Punaradhivasam (1999) and Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999) in Malayalam cinema.

Indian Society of Cinematographers abbreviated as ISC or I.S.C are supported by several national industry societies and awards. The society was organized with a purpose to not only progress and advance the science and art of cinematography, but also gather a wide range of cinematographers together to collaboratively discuss and exchange techniques and ideas and to advocate for motion pictures as a type of art form. The organisation was founded by Ramachandra Babu in 1995.

Cinematographer chief over the camera and lighting crews working on a film

A cinematographer or director of photography is the chief over the camera and light crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image. The study and practice of this field is referred to as cinematography.

Tamil cinema film industry

Tamil cinema refers to Tamil-language motion pictures, which are primarily made in India. Based in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the hub of the Tamil film industry is in the Kodambakkam neighbourhood of Chennai. Kollywood is a colloquial term used to describe this industry, the word being a portmanteau of Kodambakkam and Hollywood.


His best known works in Bollywood are Virasat (1997), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Yuva (2004), Paheli (2004), Black (2005), Fanaa (2006), and Saawariya (2007). [3] Ravi has won two Filmfare Awards and one Southern Filmfare Award.

Bollywood Hindi language film industry

Hindi cinema, often metonymously referred to as Bollywood, and formerly known as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry, based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The term being a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". As India is a multi-lingual society with variety of languages spoken by its residents, multiple language films are churned out in their native languages by film industries such as Hindi-language film industry, Tamil film industry (Kollywood), Telugu film industry (Tollywood) and others, together combined they form the massive Indian Cinema, the largest film industry in the world.

<i>Virasat</i> (1997 film) 1997 film by Priyadarshan

Virasat is a 1997 Indian Hindi film, directed by Priyadarshan. The story was adapted from the Tamil film Thevar Magan. Mushir-Riaz duo produced the film. It starred Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Pooja Batra, Milind Gunaji and Govind Namdeo. The music was composed by Anu Malik and S. P. Venkatesh, with the former composing the songs and the latter composing the score. The film marked the comeback for Priyadarshan in Hindi cinema. Music director Annu Malik reused some of the original tunes of Ilaiyaraaja from Thevar Magan.

<i>Dil Chahta Hai</i> 2001 film by Farhan Akhtar

Dil Chahta Hai is a 2001 Indian comedy-drama film starring Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia. The first film written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and Sydney, and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends.


Ravi K. Chandran was born in the village Maduranthakam, Tamil Nadu as the youngest child. Following graduating from the A. M. Jain College in 1982, Ravi K. Chandran started his career in the film industry. In addition to this, he works as the Director of Photography of many music videos and ad films. He began his career by assisting his brother, K. Ramachandra Babu and later turned into an independent cinematographer in 1992 by filming Kilukkampetti , a Malayalam film directed by Shaji Kailas. Later he donned camera for a more Shaji Kailas directorials including Thalasthanam , Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans , Ekalavyan , Mafia and The King . His entry into Tamil cinema was in 1994 through Honest Raj starring Vijayakanth.

Maduranthakam Town in Tamil Nadu, India

Madurantakam(Tamil: மதுராந்தகம்) is a town and a municipality in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is known for the artificial and second largest lake in Tamil Nadu, the Maduranthakam lake. It is believed to be built by the Chola King Uthama Chozha, also called as Maduranthakar, during his reign. It is also home to the Aeri Katha Ramar Temple. As of 2011, the town had a population of 30,796.

Tamil Nadu State in Southern India

Tamil Nadu is one of the 29 states of India. Its capital and largest city is Chennai. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. It is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, by the Nilgiri Mountains, the Meghamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait on the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean on the south. The state shares a maritime border with the nation of Sri Lanka.

A.M. Jain College is an arts college in Meenambakkam near in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was opened in 1952, by the Shri S S Jain Educational Society. It provides courses in the arts, sciences and information technology along with visual communication courses. The college's campus is located opposite the Meenambakkam Railway Station. The college is managed by the Jain Community Associations and is affiliated with Madras University.

Personal life

Ravi Chandran is the younger brother of K. Ramachandra Babu, who himself is a noted cinematographer. [4] He is married to Hemalata and currently resides in Mumbai with his two sons. One of his sons, Santhana Krishnan, also followed his father's footsteps as a cinematographer. [5]

Mumbai Megacity in Maharashtra, India

Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. As of 2011 it is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million. The larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings.


As Cinematographer

1992 Arthana Malayalam
Priyapetta Kukku
1993 Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons
Customs Diary
1994 Chukkan Malayalam
Honest Raj Tamil
The King Malayalam
1997 Virasat Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
Minsaara Kanavu TamilCo-cinemtographer
1998 Kabhi Na Kabhi Hindi
Major Saab
1999 Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Malayalam
Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Hindi
Citizen Tamil
2001 Dil Chahta Hai HindiNominated - Star Screen Award for Best Cinematography
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
ITFA Best Cinematographer Award
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Hindi
2003 Calcutta Mail Nominated - Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography
Koi... Mil Gaya
Boys Tamil
2004 Aayitha Ezhuthu
2005 Black Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
2006 Fanaa
2007 Saawariya
2008 Firaaq
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi German Public Bollywood Award for Best Cinematography
2010 My Name Is Khan
Anjaana Anjaani
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl For One Song
7aum Arivu Tamil
2016 Baar Baar Dekho Hindi
2017 Ok Jaanu
2018 Bharat Ane Nenu TeluguDebut in Telugu cinema.
2019 Student of the Year 2 Hindi
2019 Adithya Varma Tamil

As Director

Yaan 2014 Tamil

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards/Filmfare Awards South

The Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award is given by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for South Indian films.

<i>Kannathil Muthamittal</i> 2002 film by Mani Ratnam

Kannathil Muthamittal is a 2002 Indian Tamil-language musical war drama film produced and directed by Mani Ratnam. It was based on a short story called 'Amuthavum Avanum' authored by writer Sujatha. It features Madhavan, Simran and P. S. Keerthana in the leading roles with Nandita Das, J. D. Chakravarthy, Prakash Raj and Pasupathy portraying other pivotal characters. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman, while Ravi K. Chandran handled the cinematography. Mani Ratnam presents the story of a child of Sri Lankan Tamil parentage adopted by Indian parents, whose desire is to meet her biological mother in the midst of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The film was a box-office success and was received positively by critics at its release. Later on, the film was dubbed in to Telugu as Amrutha and in Malayalam by the same title.

<i>Black</i> (2005 film) 2005 film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Black is a 2005 Indian drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Rani Mukerji and Amitabh Bachchan. Black revolves around a deafblind girl, and her relationship with her teacher who himself later develops Alzheimer's disease. The film draws inspiration from Helen Keller's life and struggle. Black was a commercial success, becoming the second highest grossing Indian film worldwide in 2005 and the highest-grossing 2005 Indian film overseas. The movie was inspired by the 1962 movie The Miracle Worker.

Star Screen Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Vijay Awards

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