P. C. Sreeram

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P. C. Sreeram (born 26 January 1956) is an Indian cinematographer and film director who works mainly in the Indian film industry. He is an alumnus of the Madras Film Institute. Apart from his work as a cinematographer, Sreeram was much appreciated for his directorial venture Kuruthipunal , a remake of the 1994 Hindi film Drohkaal. The film was submitted by India as its official entry to the Oscars in 1996, but was not nominated. Sreeram is well known for his association with Mani Ratnam and received critical acclaim for his work in films such as Mouna Ragam, Nayakan, Agni Natchathiram, Geethanjali, Alaipayuthey, O Kadhal Kanmani. He has worked as a cinematographer in over 30 films spanning across Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi language, besides directing three films and a few TV commercials. He is the one of the founding members of Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC).

PC Sreeram
PC Sreeram at the Oh Kadhal Kanmani aka OK Kanmani Audio Success Meet .jpg
Sreeram in 2015
Born (1956-01-26) 26 January 1956 (age 63)[1]
Chennai, India
Other namesP. C, P. C. Sriram
Alma materMadras Film Institute
OccupationCinematographer, Film Director
Years active1982–present
RelativesP. R. Sundaram Iyer (grandfather)[2]
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Cinematography (1987)

Early life and familyEdit

Sreeram was born on 26 January 1956 in Madras, (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu). He was the third child in the family and has two sisters. Sreeram's aspiration towards films grew much during his childhood days.[3] He was educated at the Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai. As a student he was not interested in studies and barely managed to pass the exams.[3] He had a passion for photography and after many years of struggle he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a course in cinematography.[3][4][5] Together with his friends Kamal Haasan, C. Rudhraiya, Santhana Bharathi, Radharavi, R. C. Sakthi and few others they were called "sanmac" group where they used to join together at a hotel in Chennai and share their learnings about cinema and future dreams of making a perfect cinema.

Sreeram is married and had a daughter named Swetha who died in 2010. His son Skanda is pursuing his studies in Australia.[6] His niece Preetha Jayaraman, a cinematographer in the Tamil Film industry, was inspired to her calling largely by her uncle's work in the field.[7]


Sreeram received his diploma in motion picture photography from the Madras Film Institute in 1979,[8] and made his cinematic debut in the early 1980s.[1] One of his earlier works, Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai (1985), won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director in 1984.[1] Following a few commercially unsuccessful releases, he worked with Mani Ratnam for the first time in Mouna Ragam (1986).[9] The film gave a much needed breakthrough for both of them. Following the film's success, the pair went on to work in Nayagan (1987). The film went on to win three National Film Awards at the 35th National Film Awards; Sreeram was awarded that year's National Film Award.[1] He used new techniques in the camera for their next film Agni Natchathiram and was praised very much for his work. Sreeram shot all of Ratnam's films until Geethanjali (1989 film) (1989). The film was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful besides winning the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and seven Nandi Awards—including the Best Story and Best Cinematography awards for Ratnam and Sreeram, respectively.

During the early 1990s, Sreeram worked in Gopura Vasalile (1991) and Thevar Magan (1992).[4] He made his directional debut in 1992 with Meera, starring Vikram and Aishwarya in the lead roles.[9] The film had a delayed release and was a poor grosser at the box-office. The following year, he renewed his association with Ratnam in the latter's Thiruda Thiruda.

Sreeram directed his second film Kuruthipunal (1995), a police story based on the Hindi film Drohkaal (1994). The film was India's official entry to the Oscars in 1996.[4] It was showcased at the Rotterdam International Film Festival under the category "Director in Focus" eight years after its release.[10] In 2004, he directed Vaanam Vasappadum, the first Indian film to make use of high-definition digital technology.[11][12] The film was screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival and the ninth International Film Festival of Kerala.[12] In 2007, Sreeram made his Bollywood debut with R. Balki's Cheeni Kum.[13] Since then, Sreeram has shot all of Balki's films—Paa (2009), Shamitabh (2015), Ki & Ka (2016) and Pad Man (2018).


Sreeram is well known for his longtime association with Mani Ratnam, Moulee and Kamal Haasan. He received critical acclaim for his work in films such as Mouna Ragam, Nayakan, Geetaanjali, Thevar Magan, Thiruda Thiruda and Alaipayuthey.[14][13] He has mentored some of the prominent cinematographers in the Indian film industry including Jeeva,[9] M. S. Prabhu, Ramji, Chezhiyan, K. V. Anand,[15] Tirru,[16] Balasubramaniem, K. V. Guhan, Nirav Shah and Arvind Krishna.[17][18][19] In January 2016, Sreeram was elected as the president of South Indian Film Cinematographers Association.[20]


As cinematographer

As director



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