K. V. Anand
|K. V. Anand|
|Born||Karimanal Venkatraman Anand
October 30, 1966
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
K. V. Anand is an Indian cinematographer, film director and former photo journalist, working mainly in the South Indian film industry. After a short period as a journalist, he became a cinematographer in the early 1990s, working for about fifteen films in the Southern and Bollywood industries. In 2005, Anand turned film director with the critically acclaimed Kana Kandaen (2005) and rose to fame with his second film, Ayan (2009). Anand won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for his debut film as a cinematographer, Thenmavin Kombath, in 1995. He is considered as the first one to use ramp shot in the country.
As a cinematographer, Anand is best known for his dynamic composition, lighting techniques and the ability to tell stories through visual images.
He describes 'sahana' song from the movie Sivaji as the most difficult one in his career. The whole set was made of glass. He covered himself with black bed sheets and took great care that his reflections didn't fall on the glass.
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K. V. Anand was born in Chennai, India to Venkatesan and Anasuya Venkataraman. His childhood days were spent in Pulicat. He graduated with Bachelor's degree in Physics from DG Vaishnav College followed by Master's degree in Visual Communications from Loyola College, Chennai. Anand, during his college days participated in annual trekking expeditions in the Himalayas. His exploratory trips to various remote locations in India triggered his passion in photography. Anand participated in inter-collegiate, state and national level photography contests. His visual images earned him numerous photography awards.
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Photo journalist (1988-1992)
Anand worked as a freelance photo journalist for leading newspapers and magazines such as Kalki, India Today, Illustrated Weekly, Aside and other national publications. Within a short period of time, his photos were published in more than 200 magazine covers and had taken photos of 10 Chief Ministers in close quarters. Anand continued to freelance in industrial photography, advertisements and cover pages for fictional Tamil novels.
Anand applied for a full-time position as a photo journalist for India Today, a leading publication group in India, but failed to get the job offer. Anand, disappointed, left to Andaman Islands for a month. During this wilderness trip, Anand decided to transition from photo journalism to cinematography.
Anand met cinematographer P. C. Sreeram and expressed his interest to work for him as an assistant. He joined him, serving as an apprentice for Sreeram's film such as Gopura Vasalile, Amaran, Meera, Devar Magan and Thiruda Thiruda. Actually, he joined as the sixth assistant to Sreeram when Jeeva, another prominent figure in cinematography was the first assistant to Sreeram. Anand got his breakthrough when he was recommended by Sreeram to director Priyadarshan for Thenmavin Kombathu. Anand got the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for his work in his debut film. Anand's first Tamil film was Kadal Desam followed by his first Hindi film, Josh.
Anand has wielded the camera for 14 films in languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi for notable directors such as Priyadarshan, S. Shankar, Mansoor Khan and Rajkumar Santoshi. He has worked as a cinematographer for more than 100 commercials with leading advertisement agencies in India.
He then turned a film director with Kana Kandaen. The film, penned by novelist duo Suba and starring Srikant, Gopika, Prithviraj, received favorable reviews from critics and was a moderate success. In 2009, Anand's second directorial venture, Ayan, starring Suriya, Prabhu Ganesan and Tamannaah, became a blockbuster success and the year's second highest-grossing Tamil language film. He was named the Best Director in Edison Awards 2010.
2011, his third directorial Ko, starring Jiiva, Ajmal Ameer and Karthika Nair released to very positive response from media and public. One of the critics neatly summarized it by saying "For an audience numbed by predictable Kollywood potboilers week after week, here is an original offering from KV Anand, a fearless filmmaker who doesn't insult your intelligence. He is able to cater to the needs of both the elite as well as mass audiences, which should be applauded." Anand 's fourth directorial big-budget outing was, Maatraan collaborating with Suriya. However, the movie opened with Mixed reviews from the critics, and become an average grosser in boxoffice despite of Budget. In 2013, he joined hands once again with AGS for another Mega budget venture Anegan, starring dhanush which will be his 5th outing will have solo 2014 release.
- Sivaji: The Boss (Tamil, 2007)
- Khakee (Hindi, 2004)
- Chellamae (Tamil, 2004)
- The Legend of Bhagat Singh (Hindi, 2002)
- Virumbugiren (Tamil, 2002)
- Nayak: The Real Hero (Hindi, 2001)
- Josh (Hindi, 2000)
- Mudhalvan (Tamil, 1999)
- Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (Hindi, 1998)
- Nerukku Ner (Tamil, 1997)
- Kadhal Desam (Tamil, 1996)
- Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam (Telugu, 1995)
- Minnaram (Malayalam, 1994)
- Thenmavin Kombath (Malayalam, 1994) (Won National Film Award for Best Cinematography)
|2005||Kana Kandaen||Tamil||Srikanth, Prithviraj, Gopika|
|2009||Ayan||Tamil||Suriya, Tamannaah, Prabhu, Akashdeep Saighal||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil|
|2011||Ko||Tamil||Jiiva, Ajmal Ameer, Karthika Nair, Piaa Bajpai||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil|
|2012||Maattrraan||Tamil||Suriya, Kajal Aggarwal, Sachin Khedekar||Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Director|
|2014||Anegan||Tamil||Dhanush, Amyra Dastur, Karthik||Filming|
|2015||Untitled Ajithkumar Project||Tamil||Ajith Kumar||To be Announced|
- 1995: National Film Award for Best Cinematography - Thenmavin Kombath
- 1997: Screen Awards South for Best Cinematography - Kadhal Desam
- 2001: Screen Awards nominated Best cinematography - Josh
- 2002: SICA Awards for Best cinematography - Legend of Bhagat Singh
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- K.V. Anand - The Director, Cinematographer - Sunday special Interview on Ayan Director - Tamil Movies. (Interview). Behindwoods.com. http://www.behindwoods.com/features/Interviews/interview-5/kv-anand/index.html. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- "Suriya - Prince of Chennai Box Office". Sify.com. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
- in TeluguCinema.com, 2009
- Interview in Rediff, 2005
- Interview in Chennai Online
- Interview in The Hindu, 2005
- Interview in Nilacharal
- Interview in TeluguCinema.com, 2007