Santosh Sivan (born 8 February 1964) is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer and actor known for his works in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi cinema.[3] Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and has, to date, completed 55 feature films and 50 documentaries. He is regarded as one of India's finest and best cinematographers.[4] He is the recipient of the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography, twelve National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards, four Kerala State Film Awards, and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Santosh Sivan
Santosh in 2011
Born (1964-02-08) 8 February 1964 (age 60)
NationalityIndian
Alma mater
Occupations
  • Cinematographer
  • film director
  • actor
  • film producer
Spouse
Deepa
(m. 1993)
ChildrenSarvajith[2]
Relatives

Career

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Santosh, a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers and the most awarded Director of Photography in India, graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries.[5]

As a director, Santosh won his first National Award 1988 for the Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honoured at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Children's Film and Best Sound.[6]

Santosh became the first cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to join the American Society of Cinematographers.[7] As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards, and 21 international awards for his works. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema 2014.

Late 1999s and present

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In an interview, he said that some films he chose, not mostly because of the story but due to the very fact that he was comfortable with the director, a bigger pay check and out of friendship.[8]

Documentary

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His 2007 release Prarambha won the National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film at the 55th National Film Awards.[9]

Filmography

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Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Director Producer Cinematographer Writer Language Notes
1986 Nidhiyude Katha Yes Malayalam
Oru Maymasa Pulariyil Yes Malayalam
1988 Story of Tiblu Yes National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film
1988 David David Mr. David Yes Malayalam
1989 New Year Yes Malayalam
Raakh Yes Hindi
1990 Midhya Yes Malayalam
Indrajaalam Yes Malayalam
Sunday 7 PM Yes Malayalam
Dr. Pasupathy Yes Malayalam
No.20 Madras Mail Yes Malayalam Second Unit Cameraman
Appu Yes Malayalam Shot first schedule
1991 Perumthachan Yes Malayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Thalapathi Yes Tamil
1992 Roja[10] Yes Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer
Aham Yes Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
Yodha Yes Malayalam
1993 Gardish Yes Hindi
Gandharvam Yes Malayalam
1994 Pavithram Yes Malayalam
1995 Nirnayam Yes Malayalam
Barsaat Yes Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography
Indira Yes Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer
1996 Kalapani Yes Malayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
Halo Yes Yes Yes Hindi National Film Award for Best Children's Film
1997 Iruvar Yes Tamil National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
Darmiyan Yes Hindi
1998 Dil Se.. Yes Hindi National Film Award for Best Cinematography
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography
The Terrorist Yes Yes Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Malli Yes Yes Yes Yes Tamil National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
1999 Vanaprastham Yes Malayalam Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography – South
2000 Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani Yes Hindi
Pukar Yes Hindi
Fiza Yes Hindi
2001 Asoka Yes Yes Yes Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography
2003 Tehzeeb Yes Hindi
2004 Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities Yes Hindi Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography
Aparichithan Yes Malayalam
Bride and Prejudice Yes English
2005 Anandabhadram Yes Yes Malayalam Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
Navarasa Yes Yes Yes Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
The Mistress of Spices Yes English
2007 Prarambha Yes Kannada short film
National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
Before the Rains Yes Yes Yes English
Malayalam
2008 Tahaan Yes Yes Hindi Best feature film award, CIFEJ Award (Centre International du Film pour l' Enfant et la Jeunesse)
UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece
2010 Raavan Yes Hindi
Raavanan Yes Tamil
2011 Varnam Yes Tamil
Urumi Yes Yes Yes Malayalam Best Director at the Imagine India International Film Festival, Madrid
Indian Rupee Yes Malayalam National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam
2012 Thuppakki Yes Tamil
2013 Rangrezz Yes Hindi
Ceylon Yes Yes Yes Yes
2014 Inam Yes Yes Yes Yes Tamil [11]
Anjaan Yes Tamil
2017 The Great Father Yes Malayalam
Spyder Yes Telugu
Tamil
Debut in Telugu cinema.[12]
2018 Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Yes Tamil [13][14]
2020 Darbar Yes Tamil
2022 Jack N' Jill Yes Yes Malayalam
2023 Mumbaikar Yes Yes Hindi Remake of Maanagaram
2024 Barroz: Guardian of D' Gama's Treasure Yes Malayalam
TBA Kaliyugam Yes Yes Yes Malayalam
Moha Yes Yes Yes Yes English Official selection for International film festival rotterdam 2023

As actor

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Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 Makaramanju Raja Ravi Varma Malayalam
2012 Thuppakki Tamil Special appearance in the song "Google Google"

Awards

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Year Award Award Category Notes Ref.
2014 Civilian honours Padma Shri Art - Film [15]
Year Film Language Category Notes
1988 Story of Tiblu English National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film Short film
director
1990 Perumthachan Malayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography
1991 Mohiniyattam National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography Short film
1995 Kalapani National Film Award for Best Cinematography
1996 Halo Hindi National Film Award for Best Children's Film Director
1998 The Terrorist Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
1998 Malli National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
1997 Iruvar National Film Award for Best Cinematography
1998 Dil Se.. Hindi
2004 Navarasa Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil Director
2008 Prarambha Kannada National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film Short film
2011 Indian Rupee Malayalam National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam Co-producer
  • 1992 – Aham – Best Cinematography (Colour)
  • 1994 – Pavithram – Best Cinematography
  • 1996 – Kalapani – Best Cinematography
  • 2005 – Anandabhadram – Best Cinematography
  • 1992 – Roja – Best Cinematography
  • 1996 – Indira – Best Cinematography
  • 2010 – Raavanan – Best Cinematography

Filmfare Awards South

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IIFA Awards

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  • 2002 – Asoka – IFFA Best Cinematographer Award

International

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Won:

Nominated:

  • 2001 – The TerroristIndependent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film
  • 2001 – The Terrorist – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film

References

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  1. ^ "Santosh Sivan".
  2. ^ "Santhosh Sivan's son to essay a part in Anoop Sathyan directorial 'Varane Avashyamund'". The Times of India.
  3. ^ Gulzar, Govind; Nihalani, Saiba (2003). "Biography: Sivan, Santhosh". Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Encyclopædia Britannica (India). p. 633. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.
  4. ^ "ഛായാഗ്രാഹകന്‍ ചരിത്രമെഴുതുകയാണ്, Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Simbu's next Kettavan just got bigger, ace lensman Santosh Sivan joins the team". 3 August 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  6. ^ "'Lies We Tell' filmed by Santosh Sivan set to release on February 2 next year". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Santosh Sivan: First Indian to get ASC membership". Yahoo. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Santosh Sivan filming his next international film in Britain". The Indian Express. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  9. ^ "After fifth Hollywood film, Santosh Sivan takes a break". The Indian Express. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  10. ^ Menon, Vishal (19 August 2017). "Greener than the greenest grass: Santosh Sivan and 'Roja'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Santosh Sivan's controversial film Inam to release on OTT". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Santosh Sivan excited about next film". 10 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  13. ^ The Hindu Net Desk (9 February 2018). "'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam': Mani Ratnam's next film has a rich ensemble cast". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  14. ^ Ians (10 July 2017). "Mani Ratnam, Santhosh Sivan team up for sixth time". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Padma awardees 2014". The Times of India. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
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