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Jeeva (born 21 September 1963 – 26 June 2007) was an acclaimed Indian Filmmaker, cinematographer and film director in Tamil cinema, Bollywood and Malayalam cinema.


(1963-09-21)21 September 1963
Died26 June 2007(2007-06-26) (aged 43)
Resting placeBurial in Chennai
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other namesRahil Tanveer
OccupationDirector of Photography, Film director, Screenwriter
Years active1991–2007
Notable work
Kadhalan, Vaali, Indian
Spouse(s)Anees Tanveer

He legally changed his name to Rahil Tanveer after converting to Islam.



Jeeva started his career assisting cinematographer P. C. Sreeram in the films such as Nayakan, Agni Natchathiram, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Idhaya Thamarai, Gopura Vasalile and Meera.[1] He became an independent cinematographer in the Malayalam film Abhimanyu (1991) starring Mohanlal and went on to film over 20 films including his own directorials. He was director Shankar's usual cinematographer in his early films such as Gentleman (1993), Kadhalan (1994) and Indian (1996). Jeeva's work in Shankar's Kadhalan fetched him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer. He had also collaborated several times with director Priyadarshan.

The four completed films he directed, namely 12B (2001), Run (Hindi version) (2004), Ullam Ketkumae (2005) and Unnale Unnale (2007), have become blockbusters.[2] He died after suffering acute cardiac arrest in Russia on 26 June 2007 at the age of 43. At the time of his death, he was busy with the final schedule of his latest film, Dhaam Dhoom (2008).[3] The film was completed by his assistant, Manikandan, his wife Anees Tanveer and his mentor cinematographer P. C. Sreeram. He is survived by his wife, Anees and two children, Sana Mariam and Aalia.

Personal lifeEdit

Jeeva was married to costume designer Anees Tanveer with whom he has two children. Jeeva converted to Islam upon marriage.


Jeeva died in Saint Petersberg, Russia, following a cardiac arrest.[4]


As director

As cinematographer

As Still Photographer

Recurring collaboratorsEdit

Person 12B Run Ullam Ketkumae Unnale Unnale Dhaam Dhoom
Shaam Yes Yes
Harris Jayaraj Yes Yes Yes Yes
Srinath Yes Yes Yes Yes
Raju Sundaram Yes Yes Yes

(Also actor)

V. T. Vijayan Yes Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ Rajitha. "My goal is to be different". Rediff. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Jeeva will live on…". 29 June 2007 – via The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Breaking News!". Archived from the original on 28 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Director Jeeva dead". 27 June 2007 – via

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