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Sabu Cyril is an Indian film Production Designer. He has won National Film Award for Best Production Design four times, Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction (including south) five times and he was nominated at 42nd Saturn Awards. His work in Enthiran won him international recognition. Over the years, he has emerged to be the most expensive and celebrated art director in the country.[1]

Sabu Cyril
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Born (1962-01-27) 27 January 1962 (age 57)
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu
EducationBSc Visual Communication
Alma materMadras College of Arts (1980–1985)
OccupationArt director
Years active1990–present
Known forProduction design
Notable work
Thenmavin Kombath, Kaalapani, Hey Ram, Aśoka, Yuva, Kannathil Muthamittal, Om Shanti Om, Enthiran, Baahubali
AwardsNational Film Awards
(1994, 1995, 2007, 2010)
Filmfare Awards
(1994, 2000, 2005 (2), 2010)


Early life and educationEdit

Sabu Cyril was born in Kerala and completed his schooling there. He graduated from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai (formerly Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai).[2]


From 1982 to 1988, he was a freelance graphics designer for companies such as Welcomgroup Hotels, the Taj Group of Hotels, and Madura Coats. In 1988, he began his art director career, and has directed more than 2,500 advertisements, 3 teleserials and 115 feature films in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and designed several stage shows. In 1996, he directed the stage design for the Miss World beauty pageant.[3] He also worked as one of the 2nd unit directors in the 1990 film Iyer the Great.[4]







  • Chinna (1994)


National Film Awards
Nandi Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Vijay Awards
International Indian Film Academy Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Global Indian Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
International Tamil Film Awards
  • 2003 – Best Art Director – Boys
Asianet Film Awards
Kerala Film Journals' Awards
Kerala Janakiya Awards
Kaumudi Awards
Other awards

Working StillsEdit



  1. ^ Sreedhar Pillai (17 February 2006). "The reel world of Sabu Cyril". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Chandu Gopalakrishnan (31 January 2011). "Production designer Sabu Cyril: Making a difficult craft look easy". The Economic Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ Shobha Warrier (12 July 2004). "Sabu Cyril's works of art!". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  5. ^ Shobha Warrier (12 July 2004). "Sabu Cyril's works of art! – Kaalapani". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  6. ^ Shobha Warrier (12 July 2004). "Sabu Cyril's works of art! – Gardish". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  7. ^ Shobha Warrier (12 July 2004). "Sabu Cyril's works of art! – Hey Ram". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  8. ^ Shobha Warrier (12 July 2004). "Sabu Cyril's works of art! – Asoka". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  9. ^ Shobha Warrier (12 July 2004). "Sabu Cyril's works of art! – Yuva". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ Shobha Warrier (12 July 2004). "Sabu Cyril's works of art! – Kannathil Muthamittal". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  11. ^ "National Award Winning Art Director for Prabhas Movie". Times of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 10 July 2013.

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