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Sanjeev Sivan (Brother)
Santosh Sivan (born 8 February 1964) is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer and actor known for his works in Malayalam cinema, Tamil cinema and Hindi cinema.Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has to date completed 55 feature films and 50 documentaries. He is a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DOP) in India. Santosh became the first Cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to join the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards, and twenty one international awards for his works. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema in 2014.
Santosh was born into a family of artists. His grandmother used to teach him painting and music in the palace and as a kid he accompanied her to the palace. These visits gave him an opportunity to become familiar with the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, a nineteenth-century Indian painter whose renowned works were themes from Hindu mythology, and everyday life of his times. He was educated at Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram and at Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram.
His father used to make documentaries and during holidays he would excitedly volunteer to help. These trips were very interesting. He loved sketching with charcoal, and was fascinated by details that you observe when you want to sketch. During these travels to remote areas in South India, he was fortunate to listen folklore's and stories of people of the land. He is the younger brother of filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan and elder brother of Sanjeev Sivan. The trio are the sons of the well known cinematographer and director Sivan.
Santosh, a founder member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers and the most awarded Director of Photography in India, graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and went on to completing 45 features and 41 documentaries.
He was awarded the National Award for best Cinematographer for the films Perumthachan (Malayalam/1991), Kalapani (Malayalam / 1996), Mohiniyattam (Malayalam / 1991), Iruvar (Tamil/1998) and Dil Se.. (Hindi/1999).
Santosh was honoured by the Japanese Society of Cinematographers and has been on the Jury for the Busan Film Festival. He is a "mentor" to students for Mira Nair's "Maisha Film Lab: in Uganda and is a director to the Sivan Foundation of photography. He was also a governing council member at the Pune Film Institute.
As a director, Santosh won his first National Award in 1988 for the film Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honoured at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Children's Film and Best Sound.
Santosh received worldwide accolades for The Terrorist (presented by John Malkovich), which won the Best Director, Best Actress Awards and the Golden Pyramid Award for The Best Film at the 23rd Cairo International Film Festival. It was awarded the National Award (1999) for The Best Tamil Film and was an Official Selection at the Sundance, Seattle and Toronto Film Festivals of that year. The film was also listed in Roger Ebert's 100 Best Films (1999). the film was Quoted as being "a film scripted by the camera"
Following the success of The Terrorist , Santosh's film Malli won the National Award for Best Environmental Film in India (2000), the National Award in India for Best Child Artist (2000) and was honoured at the 18th International Festival of Film for Children in Poznan, Poland, where it won the Poznan Goat for Best Director, Best Child Actress, Best Music and the Best Film-Audience Award at the Indian Film Festival|Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in Los Angeles.
Santosh's subsequent films include Asoka , which screened at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals (2001) and Navarasa , which won the National Award for Best Tamil Film (2004) and the Monaco Award for Best Film & Best Supporting Actor awarded at the Lyons Film Festival. The latter also participated in the Pusan and Rotterdam Film Festivals. His debut Malayalam Language film as director, Anandabhadram (2005), went on to win several State Awards, including Best Director & Best Cinematographer. Santosh has worked as the Cinematographer in Gurinder Chadha's Bride & Prejudice (2004) and Paul Mayeda Berges' The Mistress of Spices (2005).
Santosh directed Before the Rains , which is premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (2007). In addition, his short film Prarambha, which was created for the Bill and Melinda Gates AIDS Foundation, also premiered at the Mavericks section of the Festival. It won the National Awards 2007 for Best Producer and Best Director in the Educational and Motivational Film category.
His latest Malayalam film, Urumi (2011) was screened at the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa 2012, to Busan and NHK film festivals. He was also the cinematographer for the Tamil movie Thuppakki , starring Vijay and directed by AR Murugadoss.
In an interview, he said that some films he chose, not mostly because of the story but due to the very fact that he was comfortable with the director, a bigger pay cut and friendship things.
In 2008, Santosh Sivan Films was formed, as a Pvt ltd concern, with Producer Mubina Rattonsey and Milind Verekar. The company has not only handled film ventures successfully but has to its credit numerous commercials, documentaries and music videos as well. Feature film credits include Terrorist, Malli, Navarasa, Anandabhadram, A Hollywood film "Before the Rains" for Echo Lake Productions, Prarambha, a short film for The Bill and Melinda Gates AIDS Foundation, Tahaan-A Boy with the Grenade, Urumi-Vasco Da Gama and more recently done Ceylon.Tahaan, won a High Commendation in Children's Feature Film section at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in 2008 held at Greece. It also won "The German Star of India award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009.
Santosh's documentary Farmers Portrait is near completion. He makes films on health and environment issues, like the Polio campaign with Amitabh Bachchan.
His 2007 release, Prarambha won the National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film at the 55th National Film Awards. The film dealt with the stigma attached to an HIV + person. It dealt with a little boy who had been ostracised from school only because he is diagnosed with HIV. This film highlighted the plight of the boy and highlighted the ignorance of the society towards this virus. It dealt with the myths surrounding HIV and aimed at educating the masses through an entertaining story weaved around the little boy. This was produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Aids foundation and was shot entirely in Mysore.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Oru Maymasa Pulariyil||Yes||Malayalam|
|1988||Story of Tiblu||Yes||National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film|
|1988||David David Mr. David||Yes||Malayalam|
|No.20 Madras Mail||Yes||Malayalam||Second Unit Cameraman|
|Appu||Yes||Malayalam||Shot first schedule|
|1991||Perumthachan||Yes||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1992||Roja||Yes||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer|
|Aham||Yes||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1995||Barsaat||Yes||Hindi||Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography|
|1995||Indira||Yes||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer|
|1996||Kalapani||Yes||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
|1996||Halo||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||National Film Award for Best Children's Film|
|1997||Iruvar||Yes||Tamil|| National Film Award for Best Cinematography |
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography
|1998||The Terrorist||Yes||Yes||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil|
National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
|1999||Vanaprastham||Yes||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South|
|2000||Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani||Yes||Hindi|
|2001||Asoka||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography|
|2004||Bride and Prejudice||Yes|
|Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities||Yes||Hindi||Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography|
|2005||Anandabhadram||Yes||Yes||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|Navarasa||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil|
|The Mistress of Spices||Yes|
National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
|2007||Before the Rains||Yes||Yes||Yes||English & Malayalam|
|2008||Tahaan||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Best feature film award, CIFEJ Award (Centre International du Film pour l' Enfant et la Jeunesse)|
UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece
|Urumi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Malayalam||Best Director at the Imagine India International Film Festival, Madrid|
|Indian Rupee||Yes||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam|
|2017||The Great Father||Yes||Malayalam|
|Spyder||Yes||Telugu & Tamil||Debut in Telugu cinema.|
|2018||Chekka Chivantha Vaanam||Yes||Tamil|
|2020||Jack and Jill||Yes||Yes||Malayalam|
|2022||Barroz: Guardian of D' Gama's Treasure||Yes||Malayalam|
|2011||Makaramanju||Raja Ravi Varma||Malayalam|
|2012||Thuppakki||Tamil||Special appearance in the song "Google Google"|
|Civilian honours||Padma Shri|
|1988||Story of Tiblu||English||National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film||Short film|
|1990||Perumthachan||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1991||Mohiniyattam||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography||Short film|
|1995||Kalapani||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1996||Halo||Hindi||National Film Award for Best Children's Film||Director|
|1998||The Terrorist||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil||Director|
|1998||Malli||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation||Director|
|1997||Iruvar||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1998||Dil Se..||Hindi||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|2004||Navarasa||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil||Director|
|2008||Prarambha||Kannada||National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film||Short film|
|2011||Indian Rupee||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam||Co-producer|
Tahaan Won Best feature film award, CIFEJ Award (Centre International du Film pour l' Enfant et la Jeunesse)and UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in 2008 held at Greece Than won "The German Star of India award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009 Urumi=
The Terrorist is an Indian Tamil film directed by Santosh Sivan. The film portrays a period in the life of a 19-year-old woman, Malli, sent to assassinate a leader in South Asia through a suicide bombing. It stars Dharker, K. Krishna and Sonu Sisupal. Released in 1998, the film was shot in 15 days, with natural lighting, on a budget of $50,000.
Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran, commonly known as Balu Mahendra, was a Sri Lankan born Indian cinematographer, director, screenwriter and film editor who worked predominantly in Tamil cinema. Widely regarded as an auteur, Mahendra usually scripted and edited his films apart from shooting them. He was the recipient of six National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards South and several state government awards.
Malli is a 1998 Indian Tamil-language feature film directed by Santosh Sivan. The film met with widespread critical acclaim upon release, and has been shown at many film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York International Children's Film Festival. It won the Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation at the 46th National Film Awards.
Suhasini Maniratnam known commonly as Suhasini, is an Indian actress known for her works in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe, for which she won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. Suhasini won the National Film Award for Best Actress for the Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi in 1986.
P. Shwetha is an actress. She debuted in the critically acclaimed film Malli (1998), directed by Santosh Sivan, playing the young girl Malli, on an adventure to find a blue wishing stone to help cure her best friend's ailments. She won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 1999 for her performance in the film. She went on to win another National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2002 for her role in the film Kutty. The Story of kutty is about child labor.
Roja (transl. Rose) is a 1992 Indian Tamil-language romantic thriller film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. It stars Arvind Swami and Madhoo in the lead roles, with the latter essaying the title role. It follows Roja, a simple girl from a village in Tamil Nadu, making desperate efforts to find her husband, Rishikumar, after he is kidnapped by militants during a secret undercover mission in Jammu and Kashmir. The theme of the film is based on the relationship between Savitri and Satyavan of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. It was released along with Suriyan starring Sarath Kumar and Roja. Both movies had a very good theatrical run and were accepted by audiences widely.This film marks hindi actor Pankaj Kapur's Tamil debut.
Akkineni Sreekar Prasad is an Indian film editor. He works predominantly in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi language films. He is a recipient of eight National Film Awards, five Kerala State Film Awards, two Nandi Awards, and two Filmfare Awards among others. He was included in the Limca Book of Records as People of the Year - 2013 for wide contribution to the Indian cinema in several languages. Prasad also holds the record for "films edited in most number of languages" in Limca Book of Records. He has edited films from 17 languages so far.
Indian cinematographers work in a number of regional film centres: Chennai for Tamil films, Mumbai for films in Marathi and Hindi, Hyderabad for films in Telugu, Kochi for films in Malayalam, Kolkata for Bengali films, Bangalore for Kannada films, etc. Most Indian cinematographers are known for their work with one regional industry. Some cinematographers belong to various professional organisations and trade unions.
Navarasa is a 2005 Tamil language film directed by Santosh Sivan. It has met with a strong reception since its release, and has been shown at many film festivals across the world including the Singapore International Film Festival, the Pusan International Film Festival, Korea, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan, the São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil and the Lyon Asian Film Festival, France among others. In January, 2006 it was selected as an official entry to the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Vishnuvardhan Kulasekaran, often credited simply as Vishnuvardhan, is an Indian film director who pre-dominantly appears in Tamil Film Industry. A one-time associate of Santosh Sivan, he made his directorial debut in 2003 with Kurumbu, which did not fare well at the box office. However, his subsequent films, Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005), Pattiyal (2006), Billa (2007) and Arrambam (2013) went on to become highly successful ventures, turning him into a household name in Tamil Nadu.
Kaalapani is a 1996 Indian Malayalam-language epic historical drama film co-written and directed by Priyadarshan. Set in 1915, the film focuses on the lives of Indian independence activists incarcerated in the Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the British Raj. The ensemble cast includes Mohanlal, Prabhu Ganesan, Tabu, Amrish Puri, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Tinnu Anand, Annu Kapoor, Alex Draper, Sankaradi, and Vineeth. The film was produced by Mohanlal for Pranavam Arts in association with R. Mohan's Shogun Films.
Anandabhadram is a 2005 Indian Malayalam-language dark fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Sunil Parameswaran. The film was the debut Malayalam film venture of director Santosh Sivan and actress Riya Sen. The story concerns ghosts, spirits, and black magic. The film stars Prithviraj, Kavya Madhavan, Manoj K Jayan, Kalabhavan Mani and Biju Menon.
Tahaan – A Boy With a Grenade is an Indian Hindi-language drama film by Santosh Sivan. The film is based on the life of a young boy and his pet donkey. It is a fable-like journey of the eponymous eight-year-old boy, whose life revolves around the pursuit to find real purpose in his little world. The film stars Purav Bhandare as the young boy. Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna and Victor Banerjee form the rest of the cast. It was filmed on location in Jammu and Kashmir.
Nithya Menon is an Indian actress and singer who works primarily in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada films. She is a recipient of several accolades, including three Filmfare Awards South, and two Nandi Awards.
Rajeev Ravi is an Indian cinematographer, director, and producer from Kochi, Kerala. He's best known for his Hindi and Malayalam films. After graduating from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 1997, he started his career by assisting in the Malayalam film, Pranayavarnangal (1998) shot by Santosh Thundiyil. He debuted as an independent cinematographer with the film Chandni Bar (2001) directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Ravi is known for his collaboration with director Anurag Kashyap. They have collaborated in several commercial and art films in Hindi cinema. In 2012, he co-produced the Hindi feature film ID. The film premiered in the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. Ravi won the 2010 Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography for Anurag Kashyap's Dev.D. In 2013, he received the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Liar's Dice directed by his wife Geetu Mohandas.
Urumi is a 2011 Indian Malayalam-language period action film written by Shankar Ramakrishnan and directed and co-produced by Santosh Sivan. It stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Prabhu Deva, Genelia D'Souza, Amol Gupte, Jagathy Sreekumar, Nithya Menon, and Alexx O'Nell in lead roles and features Tabu, Arya and Vidya Balan in extended cameos.
Anjuli Shukla is an Indian cinematographer and film director. She is the first and till date the only Indian woman who has won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography. Kutty Srank, her debut film, won her the National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 2010. Her recent direction, ‘Happy Mothers Day’ a feature film by Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) was the opening film for the 19th Edition of the International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI). An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Shukla started her career as an assistant to cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan before making her feature film debut.
Medayil Radhakrishnan Rajakrishnan is an Indian audiographer. He won the National Award for Best Audiography in 2019 for the film Rangasthalam (2018).He won Kerala State film Awards for sound mixing in 2011 and 2012 (Manchadikuru) and Pearl award by Kerala film Producers Association for the film Manchadikuru in 2013. He has worked in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi and Malayalam feature films.
Ashok Kumar Aggarwal was an Indian cinematographer who worked mainly in the South Indian film industry. In a career that spanned nearly four decades, he worked in over 125 feature films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi languages. Aggarwal was a member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC).
Sanjeev Sivan is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works in the Malayalam and Hindi film industries. He is best known for directing the 2004 Malayalam film Aparichithan starring Mammootty.
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