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Filmmakers Fans – the Complete movie making website for Indian Filmmakers presenting the real ranking of top indian cinematographers in India. On this list of best Indian Cinematographers, we included the salary of Director of Photography (Cinematographer), contact address and phone number of the Indian Cameraman/ Cinematographer. Comment your opinion about this article below.

Have you ever looked at a film and told yourself, “The camera work is pure magic”? Have you ever felt fascinated by the beauty that lies 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 but the Cinematographer to thank for giving you a visual treat. Cinematographer is someone who handles much 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 job exceptionally well. And thus, we present to you the “25 Best Cinematographers of Indian Cinema” :-

Top 25 All time best cinematographers of Indian Cinema

  1. K. K. Senthil Kumar

Owing much of his success to the Baahubali franchise, he can easily be termed as the gem of Tamil film industry. Having taken birth in Secunderabad of now Telangana, Kumar was always drawn to the ever-changing Tamil Cinema. He marked his debut with Chandra Shekhar Yeleti’s Aithe and hasn’t looked back since. He worked in films like Sye, Chatrapati, Yamadonga, Magadheera and the historic Baahubali. He is mostly a part of S. S. Rajmouli’s films.

He bagged the SIIMA award in 2012, the Southern Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer the same year and again in 2015 and went on to win the CineMAA Award for Best Cinematographer for Magadheera and Yamadonga.

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  1. Nikos Andritsakis

This Greek Indian is widely respected for his work in Byomkesh Bakshy in which he provided an unparalleled Noir look to dark thriller. Although he hasn’t worked in a huge commercially successful film till now, his fans are constantly increasing and include the legendary Anurag Kashyap to its list.

Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly which premiered at Cannes Film Festival also had his view and required a drastically different feel to it. He continued to provide the audience with blissful visuals in Shanghai which unfortunately failed at Box Office and wasn’t like much by critics either. Having said that, it is almost impossible to ignore the efforts Andritsakis has put in.

We hope to see much more of his genius-at-work in the future.

Contact Address of Nikos Andritsakis (Cinematographer) – Contact him through Western India Cinematographers Association

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  1. Rajeev Ravi

You might or might not know him by name but I won’t believe the fact that you have missed out on his work. The epic Gangs of Wasseypur had Ravi as the DOP and we can’t thank him more for giving us the natural yet European feel with his exceptional work.

He came in the industry in 1998 and has been a prominent part of it ever since. He started by assisting in the movie Pranayavangal in 1997 and started working independently after he worked in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Chandani Bar.

His career took several steps ahead when he collaborated with Anurag Kashyap for the commercially successful Dev D for which he also won the Filmfare for Best Cinematographer in 2010. He also has a National Award to his name. And to stress on how amazing he is, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR guys!

Contact Address of Rajeev Ravi (Filmmaker / Cinematographer) Get address of Mr. Rajiv Ravi through Cinematographers Union of Malayalam Cinema

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  1. Sudeep Chatterjee

Born and raised in Kolkata, he started his career by making advertisements and documentaries. He entered the industry when he became a part of Bada Din (1997) which starred Shabana Azmi.

He is known for his creative efforts in films like Dor, Chak De! India, Guzaarish and Bajirao Mastaani.

He has been awarded Filmfare, IIFA, and Zee Cine Award and also has 2 National Awards to his name which he won for Chotuskhone (2014) and Bajirao Mastaani (2015)

Contact Address of Sudeep Chatterjee (Cinematographer) (Get Contact address of Sudeep Chatterjee through Eastern India Cinematographers Association, Chandi Ghose Road, New Theatres Studio, Kolkata, West Bengal)

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  1. Avinash Arun

To begin with, his FTII project, ‘The Light and her Shadows’ got him the Cinematography Award in Kodak Film Competition. His diploma film, ‘Allah is Great’ was the official entry from India for the Student Oscars which also got him a National Award.

You may all better know him as the man behind the camera in films like Masaan and Drishyam where he gave the audience chills.

His first feature film named Killa has also won many prestigious awards including several International Accolades.

Contact Address of Avinash Arun (Cinematographer) (Get the phone number, email address and house address of Mr. Avinash Arun through Western India Cinematographers Association

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  1. Anil Mehta

This Writer, Director, Cinematographer is an alumnus of FTII and his work can be seen in Lagaan, Saathiya, Veer-Zaara, and Yash Chopra’s last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, all of which received several recognitions and various awards. He also handled the camera in films like Rockstar, Finding Fanny, Badlapur and Highway in which he composes a visual poem.

He marked his directorial debut with Madhuri Dixit’s comeback film Aaja Nachle which couldn’t do much great in the box office.

He received the National Award for Best Cinematography for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1999. I don’t feel the need to say more.

Contact Address of Anil Mehta (Cinematographer) Get the address, Phone Number and Email of Mr. Anil Mehta via Cinematographers Association of Bollywood .

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  1. Siddharth Diwan

Marking his debut with Vasan Bala’s ‘Peddlers’, Delhi kid is all set to make his name remembered with films like Queen, Trapped, Titli, and Haraamkhor, all of which were a huge critical success and were praised internationally.

Studied at the Satyajit Ray Film Institute, Diwan has been in the industry for 5 years and is ready to find his name carved with gold letters in the next 10.

Contact Address of Siddharth Diwan (Cinematographer)   Get the address, Phone Number and Email of Mr. Anil Mehta via Cinematographers Association of Bollywood (Wica) .

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  1. Anuj Dhawan

If you’re a film geek, you would definitely love Hansal Mehta’s Shahid which was a success both commercially and critically. And guess who gave it a more real feel. Yes, it’s this guy who considers Anay Goswami as his mentor and is also an alumnus of FTII.

He started by assisting in Ram Gopal Verma’s Agyaat after which he did Shahid and Main aur Charles as an independent Cinematographer.

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  1. Anay Goswamy

Also an alumnus of FTII, he started his life in Chandigarh and graduated from the Government College of Arts in the city.

He first became the part of the acclaimed movie of parallel Cinema, ‘The Japanese Wife’. After that, he worked on No One Killed Jessica which turned out to be a success and made him famous in Cinematographer circle. He also collaborated with Abhishek Kapoor in Kai Po Che, also a success and Fitoor, which, unfortunately, couldn’t get the same applause as the former.

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  1. Ravi Varman

He has worked in films of different languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English. He started working in Tamil films in 1999 and came in Bollywood in 2003 with the movie Yeh Dil. He rose to fame with Anurag Basu’s Barfi which was India’s official entry at the Oscars. We later came across his work in Tamasha by Imtiaz Ali. His aesthetic cinematography will also be seen in Jagga Jasoos releasing later this year.

He also directed a Tamil feature by the name of Moscowin Kavery.

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  1. P. C. Sreeram

Born on 26 January 1958, he is widely known as the Guru of Cinematography in the Indian Film Industry. He received his diploma from Madras Film Institute in 1974 and made his debut in the early 80s. He has bagged many awards including the National Award, CineMAA Award, and SIIMA Award.

His directorial venture Kuruthipunal was submitted as the official Indian entry at the Oscars in 1966.

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  1. Ravi K. Chandran

Do you all not remember that movie which came out in 2001 and gave everyone massive travel goals? Yes, its Dil Chahta Hai I am talking about. The whole film is a visual joy and especially the title track which makes everyone want to leave their seats and get away somewhere. And yes, it was this man who made it happen. Another film which was a result of his genius was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black. I know you are already charmed by his work but that’s not the end. He was also a part of Viraasat for which he won the Filmfare for Best Cinematographer and won the same again for Black in 2006.

Starting his career as a DOP in music videos and ad films, Chandran now rules much of Bollywood and Tollywood.

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  1. Balu Mahendra

If you’re someone from South India, you would have most probably heard his name. He was a great cinematographer, director, screenwriter and editor born into a Sri Lankan Tamil household. He got attracted to filmmaking after he observed the shoot of ‘The Bridge on River Kwai’ by David Lean. Later, he moved to London and graduated there and then came to India to study motion picture photography from FTII.

He was the man behind beautiful regional films like Kokila and Vadu which made a huge name for themselves.

His demise in 2014 after a prolonged illness saddened the Southern Film Industry.

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  1. S. Tirru

A Cinematographer and Screenwriter, Tirru was born on July 21st, 1966 and got hooked to photography while studying science in college. His work can be seen in films like Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Chup Chup Ke, Krrish 3 and Ajab Prem ki Ghazab Kahani among other Tamil and Hindi films. 24, another Tamil film got him a National Award for Best Cinematography.

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  1. Santosh Sivan

This multitalented guy who has aced at cinematography, direction, acting and production is no less than a legend. Having made 45 feature films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi Film Industry, he is the first cinematographer in Asia-Pacific region to be awarded by American Society of Cinematographers.

He has won a total of 11 National Awards and 21 International accolades. He has also been honored with Padma Shri.

His filmography includes movies like Roja, Dil Se.., Asoka, Raavan among numerous other regional films.

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  1. Kamal Bose

Born in 1915 and entering the industry in 1948, Bose shot most of Bimal Roy’s movies which include Bandini, Do Bigha Zameen, Dastak, Dharmatma, Anokhi Raat, Devdas, and Khamoshi.

Most of his films were in B&W but he later transitioned to colored films with movies like Qurbani, Jaanbaaz, and Dayavaan.

He has received Filmfare for Best Cinematographer for a record five times.

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  1. Rajiv Menon

This Tamil filmmaker is known for films like Bombay and Guru and was born on 20th April 1953 In Kochin. He first became famous in the Indian advertising circuit and has made numerous commercials after which he came in the industry.

He directed a Tamil movie Minsara Kanavu which became a critical hit and won 4 National Awards. He also bagged the Southern Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director for another movie Kondukondain Kondukondain. Menon has also acted in a few movies and had a cameo in Minsara Kanavu.

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  1. Binod Pradhan

When I was little and saw Rang De Basanti for the first time I had little knowledge about films but when I grew up and saw it again I realized that it had one hell of a cinematography, thanks to Pradhan who used uncomfortable and Dutch frames to expose us to to the bitter facts of our country.

His love for camera began when his father gifted him one when he was a child.

His other works include 1942: A love story Lage Raho Munnabhai and he collaborated with some of his FTII batchmates to come together for a film which came to be known as Jaane Bhi do Yaaron and gained a cult status.

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  1. Jay Oza

This fairly young lad has carved his name in the Cinematography circle. He first grabbed attention with MTV’s Bring on the Night which was a hit among youngsters. He further went on to get praises for the popular TV show 24 starring Anil Kapoor. He also turned a lot of heads when he came on board with Anurag Kashyap for Raman Raghav 2.0.

Apart from these, he is well known for shooting many commercials and ad films which he still continues.

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  1. Carlos Catalan

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, that rich movie shot in Spain which also made us crave a road trip with our best friends and that shot of horses running across a field and Hrithik Roshan looking at the road with his head tilted, much like the camera. All this was the imagination of Carlos Catalan. The Spanish-born Indian Cinematographer is famous for collaborating with Zoya Akhtar in all of her projects, most recently Dil Dhadakne Do.

He has also worked in a number of Hollywood feature and short films. Apart from that, his work can be seen in popular ad campaigns, majorly of Dell and Volkswagen.

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  1. Amitabha Singh

Dibakar Banerjee’s debut film which got him a National Award had a lot more than an interesting screenplay and it would be unjust to keep Cinematography out of the list. The long shots are extremely well shot, tailored to hook the audience. He was also the Cinematographer in The Good Road which was India’s official Oscar Entry in 86th Academy Awards.

He was a student of FTII’s 1994 batch and got a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Masters in Maths from Delhi University.

He has been working in ad films since 1995 and is a great name amongst Indian Cinematographers.

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  1. Sujith Vassudev

He is better known for his contribution to Malayalam Cinema and was born in Trivandrum, Kerala. He has worked in films since 2001 and in 2013 he won Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography. He also bagged Kerala Film Critics Association Award for best Cinematographer for James and Alice.

He is married to actress Manju Pillai and also has a daughter, Daya Sujith.

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  1. Amit Roy

He can be said as one of the most experienced Cinematographers of the coming generation.

He rose to fame with Ram Gopal Verma’s recreation of The Godfather, ‘Sarkar’. He also went on to shoot its sequel ‘Sarkar Raj’ with which he gained an even bigger name. But his growth declined a bit as he is starting to appear lesser and lesser in films overtime. We hope he gets back to his love soon.

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  1. Amol Rathod

If our previous Cinematographer was responsible for the first two parts of Sarkar, this one is responsible for the latest part. Working mainly for Bollywood and Tollywood he began his career with Oh My God and was also a part of Rakht Charitra franchise. He used to be the assistant Cinematographer in Ram Gopal Verma’s movies and first assisted in the 2004 Hindi movie Dil Maange More.

After beginning his career with small budget films, he is all set to rise to popularity with the lates addition to the Sarkar family.

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  1. Vaibhav Bundhoo

Although not a cinematographer in the film industry but this guy has made it big by shooting the various sketches and web series of TVF, with Pitchers and Permanent Roommates being exceptionally famous amongst the you, and both finding their way into the list of IMDb top 250 TV shows. He has been linked with TVF for a long time now and has shown commendable effort with his camera as well as his music. It wouldn’t have been just to exclude him from the list when he along with his team is trying to revolutionize the online content platform with so amazing shows.

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  1. Rohan

    January 25, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Baahubali is a Telugu film and Senthil is a Telugu film maker..shameful being a movie blog u still did not know the difference

  2. Onkor

    July 6, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    It is unfortunate that you forgot to add Mr. Ashok Kumar – cinematographer responsible for 1st 3D in indis. Got many national and state awards. Guru PC Sriram said Indonesia interview that he too learnt many thing from late sh Ashok Kumar.

  3. Onkor

    July 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    You also forgot to add late Mr Ashok Mehta, cinematographer responsible for many classic film. Mehta ji shot film in real candle light using candles. How can you ignore a person having a special class of photography

    • FMF Resources

      July 10, 2018 at 2:58 am

      Sure. We will Include that as well


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