Sunny Joseph

Sunny Joseph (born 12 October 1957) is an Indian cinematographer and director from Kerala, most known for his work in Shaji N. Karun classic, Piravi, for which he won the 1988 Kerala State Film Award for Best Photography.[1] He has Post Graduate Diploma in Cinematography from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.[2] He is a former Chairman and General Secretary of Indian Society of Cinematographers, (ISC).[3]

Sunny Joseph
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Born (1957-10-12) 12 October 1957 (age 64)
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India
OccupationCinematographer, Film director
Years active1983- present
Known forPiravi, Vasthuhaara, Nizhalkuth, Janala, Train to Pakistan, Kahini, Mangamma, Ramanujan
Spouse(s)Pushpa Sunny
ChildrenAnil Sunny, Aparna Sunny
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and educationEdit

Born in 1957 in Kerala to CV Joseph and Thressiamma, he grew up in the household of two brothers (including a twin brother), and six younger sisters.[4] Sunny did his P.D.C. from St. Michael's College, Cherthala (Kerala University) in Alappuzha district in 1974, followed by B.Sc. in Zoology (completed course) from Deva Matha College, Kuravilangad, in the Kottayam district in 1977. He joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune in 1979, where he did a course - Diploma in Cinema, specializing in Motion Picture Photography and graduated in 1983.[5]


After graduating from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 1983, Sunny Joseph started working as a cinematographer in 1987. Piravi the film which he photographed for Shaji N. Karun became a landmark in his career and in Indian Cinema.

In 2002, Sunny assisted veteran cinematographer and Adoor Gopalakrishnan long-time collaborator, Mankada Ravi Varma, in his last work, Nizhalkuthu (2002) and eventually shot many scenes in the film for which Sunny is credited alongside Mankada Ravi Varma.[6][7]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Monsoon vignettes". The Hindu. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Citation". National Film Archive of India. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ "ISC participates in the 1st International Congress on Authorship Rights of Cinematographers in Huelva, Spain - 2004". ISC website. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. ^ "ക്യാമറയ്ക്ക് പിന്നിലെ കാഴ്ചകള്‍". Mathrubhumi. 20 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "About Me". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Painting with light". The Hindu. 7 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Indian cinematographer Varma dies: He worked on Adoor Gopalakrishnan's films". Variety. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2016.

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