Santosh Sivan

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Santosh Sivan
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Santosh in 2011
Born (1964-02-08) 8 February 1964 (age 57)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater
Occupation
  • Cinematographer
  • film director
  • actor
  • film producer
Spouse(s)
Deepa
(m. 1993)
Relatives Sangeeth Sivan (Brother)
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. [2] Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has to date completed 55 feature films and 50 documentaries. [3] 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. [4] 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.

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Early life and education

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.

Career

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. [5]

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. [6]

Late 1999s and present

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. [7]

Production

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.

Documentary

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. [8]

Filmography

Key
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YearFilmDirectorProducerCinematographerWriterLanguageNotes
1984 Mashaal YesHindi
1986 Nidhiyude Katha YesMalayalam
Oru Maymasa Pulariyil YesMalayalam
1988Story of TibluYes National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film
1988 David David Mr. David YesMalayalam
1989 New Year YesMalayalam
Raakh YesHindi
1990 Midhya YesMalayalam
Indrajaalam YesMalayalam
Dr. PasupathyYesMalayalam
No.20 Madras Mail YesMalayalamSecond Unit Cameraman
AppuYesMalayalamShot first schedule
1991 Perumthachan YesMalayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Thalapathi YesTamil
1992 Roja [9] YesTamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer
Aham YesMalayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
Yodha YesMalayalam
1993 Gandharvam YesMalayalam
1994 Pavithram YesMalayalam
1995 Nirnayam YesMalayalam
1995 Barsaat YesHindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography
1995 Indira YesTamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer
1996 Kalapani YesMalayalamNational Film Award for Best Cinematography
Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
1996 Halo YesYesYesHindi National Film Award for Best Children's Film
1997 Iruvar YesTamil National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
1997 Darmiyan YesHindi
1998 Dil Se.. YesHindi
National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography
1998 The Terrorist YesYesTamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
1998 Malli YesYesYesYesTamil
National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
1999 Vanaprastham YesMalayalamFilmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
2000 Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani YesHindi
Pukar YesHindi
Fiza YesHindi
2001 Asoka YesYesYesHindiFilmfare Award for Best Cinematography
2003 Tehzeeb YesHindi
2004 Bride and Prejudice Yes
Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities YesHindi Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography
2005 Anandabhadram YesYesMalayalamKerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
Navarasa YesYesYesTamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
The Mistress of Spices Yes
2007 Prarambha YesKannadashort film
National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
2007 Before the Rains YesYesYesEnglish & Malayalam
2008 Tahaan YesYesHindiBest 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
2010 Raavan YesHindi
Raavanan YesTamil
2011 Varnam YesTamil
Urumi YesYesYesMalayalamBest Director at the Imagine India International Film Festival, Madrid
Indian Rupee YesMalayalam National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
2012 Thuppakki YesTamil
2013 Rangrezz YesHindi
Ceylon YesYesYesYes
2014 Inam [10] YesYesYesYesTamil
Anjaan YesTamil
2017 The Great Father YesMalayalam
Spyder [11] YesTelugu & TamilDebut in Telugu cinema.
2018 Chekka Chivantha Vaanam [12] [13] YesTamil
2020 Darbar YesTamil
2020 Jack and Jill Dagger-14-plain.pngYesYesMalayalam
2020KaliyugamDagger-14-plain.pngYesYesYesMalayalam
2021 Mumbaikar Dagger-14-plain.pngYes
2022 Barroz: Guardian of D' Gama's Treasure Dagger-14-plain.pngYesMalayalam

As actor

YearFilmRoleLanguageNotes
2011 Makaramanju Raja Ravi Varma Malayalam
2012 Thuppakki TamilSpecial appearance in the song "Google Google"

Awards

FromAwardNotes
Civilian honours Padma Shri [14]
National Film Awards
YearFilmLanguageCategoryNotes
1988Story of Tiblu English National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film Short film
director
1990 Perumthachan Malayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography
1991MohiniyattamMalayalam 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
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards South
IIFA Awards
Star Screen Awards
Zee Cine Awards

International

Won:

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[11] Than won "The German Star of India award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009[12] Urumi=

Nominated:

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