Chota K. Naidu

Chota K. Naidu (born 1962) is an Indian cinematographer, best known for his distinct style of cinematography for films like, Matru Devo Bhava, Choodalani Vundi and Kotha Bangaru Lokam. Naidu is a member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers, the South Indian Cinematographers Association and the Telugu Cinematographers Association. He received two state Nandi Awards for Anji, Kotha Bangaru Lokam and two Filmfare Awards South for Kotha Bangaru Lokam, Damarukam for cinematography. His outstanding contribution to the Indian Film Industry and the Indian Television Industry working as a DOP for Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films, and in television [1][2] is appreciated from last 30 and odd years.

Chota K. Naidu
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Born (1962-07-03) 3 July 1962 (age 59)
Other namesChota
Years active1989-present
RelativesShyam K. Naidu (brother)
Sundeep Kishan (nephew)
AwardsTwo Nandi Awards
Two Filmfare Awards South

Early lifeEdit

Naidu was born in Ramachandrapuram, East Godavari district, Andhra pradesh, his father Chitti Babu Naidu a writer and director of stage plays at Andhra Pradesh, and mother Ananthalakshmi a housewife. Elder sister Padma Latha Electronics Engineer, Elder brother K.V.S. Naidu Mechanical Engineer, Younger sister Kanaka Durga Electronics Engineer, Younger brother Shyam K. naidu is a Cinematographer. He attended Skpgn Govt. Junior college Rcpuram.[3] Born into a family of engineers, Chota spent most of his time focusing on watching films instead of concentrating on his studies due to which he failed in his 10th standard exams. To see more films he worked as a gatekeeper in a nearby theatre. He failed in his supplementary exams later that year as he was watching more and more films. Realizing his interest in cinema his father Chitti Babu Naidu gave him a challenge to pass at least 10th standard with a reward to join him in film industry. Chota took the Challenge and passed with good rank and duly his father made him to join as camera apprentice at Devar films outdoor unit (camera rental house in the city of Chennai in 1979). Later he joined Taraka Prabhu outdoor unit under Dasari Narayana Rao. He was working with top cinematographers during the 1980s throughout India as a Focus puller he was inspired by DOP V.S.R. Swamy for his discipline, dedication and craft. He always considers Swamy as his role model.


Naidu's first opportunity as a DOP was for a tele film – Kristhu Jananam (1987) for DD Hyderabad Kendra directed by Bharath Parepalli and produced by P. Seetha Devi who later went on to become his wife.

From then onwards he was continuously working for a lot more Regional and National Television work and TV commercials evolving his craftsman ship.

Naidu's first movie as a cinematographer was Dasari Narayana Rao Amma Rajinama[4](1991). He collaborated with Dasari Narayana Rao for several other films Venkanna Babu, Surigadu, Santaan, etc., Some of the directors he collaborated with are: E.V.V. Satyanarayana for films Varasudu, Maga Rayudu, Veedevadandi Babu, Maavidaakulu, Kranthi Kumar for Bhale Pellam, K. Raghavendra Rao for films Allari Premikudu, Bombay Priyudu, Gangotri, Ramgopal Varma for Deyyam,Suresh Krissna for films Master, Daddy, Baba (Tamil). Satish Kaushik for Prem (Hindi), Gunasekhar for Choodalani Vundi, David Dhawan for Kunwara (Hindi), A.R. Murugadoss for Stalin, Trivikram Srinivas for Julai,. V.V. Vinayak for films Tagore, Bunny, Lakshmi, Krishna, Adhurs, Naayak, Alludu Seenu.


Naidu received critical acclaim with his debut Kristhu Jananam a telefilm dealing with the times of Jesus Christ, for the rich painting like cinematography.

For Matru Devo Bhava, Naidu applied the chiaroscuro (extremely bright back light and top light to the point of burnout) and silhouette techniques to communicate predominantly a tragic content.

Varasudu was his first big commercial film. He adapted commercial style of lighting and selection of color palette to get grandeur.

Personal lifeEdit

His nephew Sundeep Kishan is a film actor.[4]


No Title Year Notes
65 Alludu Adhurs 2021
64 Raju Gari Gadhi 3 2019
63 Kavacham 2018
62 Touch Chesi Chudu 2018
61 Oxygen 2017
60 Jai Lava Kusa 2017
59 Winner 2017
58 Naanna Nenu Naa Boyfriends 2016
57 Okka Ammayi Thappa 2016
56 Krishnashtami 2016
55 Tiger 2015
54 Beeruva 2015
53 Alludu Seenu 2014
52 Venkatadri Express 2013
51 Ramayya Vasthavayya 2013
50 Naayak 2013
49 Damarukam 2012 Filmfare Awards South[5]
48 Julai 2012
47 Veera 2011
46 Prema Kavali 2011
45 Brindavanam 2010
44 Adurs 2010
43 Kotha Bangaru Lokam 2008 Filmfare Awards South[6]
Nandi Award[7]
42 Premer Kahini 2008
41 Krishna 2008
40 Shankar Dada Zindabad 2007
39 Aata 2007
38 Stalin 2006
37 Darwaza Bandh Rakho 2006
36 Lakshmi 2006
35 Bunny 2005
34 Gudumba Shankar 2004
33 Madhyanam Hathya 2004
32 Anji 2004 Nandi Award[8]
31 Tagore 2003
30 Johnny 2003
29 Gangotri 2003
28 Baba 2002
27 Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai 2002
26 Daddy 2001
25 Eduruleni Manishi 2001
24 Azad 2000
23 Kunwara 2000
22 Pukar 2000
21 Annaiyya 2000
20 Maavidaakulu 1998
19 Choodalani Vundi 1998
18 Veedevadandi Babu 1997
17 Master 1997
16 Deyyam 1996
15 Mrugam 1996
14 Kondapalli Rathaiah 1995
13 Taj Mahal 1995
12 Prem 1995
11 Allari Premikudu 1994
10 Bhale Pellam 1994
09 Maga Rayudu 1994
08 Mathru Devo Bhava 1991
07 Varasudu 1993
06 Santaan 1993
05 Dr. Ambedkar 1992
04 Raguluthunna Bharatham 1992
03 Surigadu 1992
02 Venkanna Babu 1992
01 Amma Rajinama 1991


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (12 March 2015). "Ready with his 'tiger'". The Hindu.
  2. ^ narasimham, m.l. (2 January 2011). "Campus love story". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Govt. Jr. College, Ramachandrapuram, Ramachandrapuram".
  4. ^ a b "Off the beaten track". The Hindu. 9 May 2010.
  5. ^ Filmfare Awards (South): The complete list of Winners Archived 10 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "56th Idea Filmfare Awards 2008". Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Nandi awards 2008 announced - Telugu cinema news".
  8. ^ "Nandiawards2004response - Telugu cinema news".

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