K. V. Anand

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K. V. Anand
Born (1966-04-30) 30 April 1966 (age 48)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Cinematographer
Film director
Title ISC

K. V. Anand (born 30 April 1966) 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. Anand won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for his debut film as a cinematographer, Thenmavin Kombath, In 2005, Anand turned film director with the critically acclaimed Kana Kandaen (2005) and rose to fame with his second film, Ayan (2009) and third film, Ko (2011). As a cinematographer, Anand is best known for his dynamic composition, lighting techniques and the ability to tell stories through visual images.

Early life[edit]

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.


Photo journalist (1988–1992)[edit]

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.

Film director[edit]

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,[1] became a blockbuster success and the year's second highest-grossing Tamil language film.[2] He was named the Best Director in Edison Awards 2010.[3]

In 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 to mixed reviews from the critics and became an average grosser in the box office . In 2013, he once again joined hands with AGS Entertainment for another mega budget venture Anegan, starring Dhanush. Anegan will be his 5th outing as a director.


As cinematographer[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Cast Notes
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[4]



  1. ^ K.V. Anand – The Director, Cinematographer – Sunday special Interview on Ayan Director – Tamil Movies. (Interview). Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Suriya – Prince of Chennai Box Office". Sify.com. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Edison Awards 2010. mytamilmovie.com
  4. ^ Amyra Dastur to make Tamil debut with 'Anegan' – Yahoo Celebrity India. In.omg.yahoo.com (31 August 2013). Retrieved on 13 May 2014.

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