Santosh Sivan

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Santosh Sivan
Santhosh Shivan.jpg
Santosh Sivan at his studio
Born (1964-02-08) 8 February 1964 (age 50)
Trivandrum, Kerala, India[1]
Occupation Cinematographer, film Director, actor & film producer
Title ISC, ASC
Website
http://www.santoshsivan.com

Santosh Sivan (born 8 February 1964) is an Indian cinematographer, film director and producer in Indian cinema.[2] Sivan graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has to date completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries.[3] He is a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DP) in India. Sivan became the first Cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to be honored with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received 11 National Film Awards for his work in various films.

Early life and education[edit]

Sivan was born into a family of artists. His grandmother used to teach him painting and music in the palace and as a kid he accompanied her to the palace. These visits gave him an opportunity to become familiar with the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, a nineteenth century Indian painter whose renowned works were themes from Hindu mythology, and everyday life of his times.

His grandmother often narrated the mythological stories of the themes of these paintings, where in the postures, colors guided the imagination. This turned out to be his very first visual education ( later he made some of these into celluloid and also acted as "Raja Ravi Varma" in a feature! ).

His father used to make documentaries and during holidays he would excitedly, volunteer to help. These trips were very interesting. He loved sketching with charcoal, and was fascinated by details that you observe when you want to sketch. During these travels to remote areas in South India, He was fortunate to listen folklore's and stories of people of the land.

Career[edit]

Sivan, a founder member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers and the most awarded Director of Photography in this country, graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and went on to completing 45 features and 41 documentaries.

He was awarded the National Award for best Cinematographer for the films Perumthachan (Malayalam/1991), Kalapani (Malayalam / 1996), Mohiniyattam (Malayalam / 1991), Iruvar (Tamil/1998) and Dil Se.. (Hindi/1999).

Sivan was honored by the Japanese Society of Cinematographers and has been on the Jury for the Busan Film Festival. He is a “mentor” to students for Mira Nair’s “Maisha Film Lab: in Uganda and is a director to the Sivan Foundation of photography. He was also a governing council member at the Pune Film Institute.

As a director, Sivan won his first National Award in 1988 for the film Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honored at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Childrens' Film and Best Sound.

Late 1999s and present[edit]

Sivan received worldwide accolades for The Terrorist (presented by John Malkovich), which won the Best Director, Best Actress Awards and the Golden Pyramid Award for The Best Film at the 23rd Cairo International Film Festival. It was awarded the National Award (1999) for The Best Tamil Film and was an Official Selection at the Sundance, Seattle and Toronto Film Festivals of that year. The film was also listed in Roger Ebert’s 100 Best Films (1999). the film was Quoted as being "a film scripted by the camera"

Following the success of The Terrorist, Sivan’s film MALLI won the National Award for Best Environmental Film in India (2000), the National Award in India for Best Child Artist (2000) and was honored at the 18th International Festival of Film for Children in Poznan, Poland where it won the Poznan Goat for Best Director, Best Child Actress & Best Music and the Best Film-Audience Award at the Indian Film Festival|Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in Los Angeles.

Sivan’s subsequent films include ASOKA, which screened at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals (2001) and Navarasa, which won the National Award for Best Tamil Film (2004) and the Monaco Award for Best Film & Best Supporting Actor awarded at the Lyons Film Festival. The latter also participated in the Pusan and Rotterdam Film Festivals. His debut Malayalam Language film, Anandabhadram (2005), went on to win several State Awards, including Best Director & Best Cinematographer. Sivan has worked as the Cinematographer in Gurinder Chadha’s Bride & Prejudice (2004) and Paul Mayeda BergesThe Mistress of Spices (2005).

Sivan directed Before the Rains which is premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (2007). In addition, his short film PRARAMBHA, which was created for the Bill and Melinda Gates AIDS Foundation, also premiered at the Mavericks section of the Festival. It won the National Awards 2007 for Best Producer and Best Director in the Educational and Motivational Film category.

His film, Tahaan, won a High Commendation in Children's Feature Film section at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in 2008 held at Greece. Tahaan won "The German Star of India award" at "Bollywood and Beyond" festival at Stuttgart Germany in 2009.

His latest Malayalam film, Urumi (2011) is to be screened at the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa 2012 and has already been to Busan and NHK film festivals. He was also the cinematographer for the Tamil movie Thuppakki, starring Vijay & directed by AR Murugadoss.

Documentary[edit]

Sivan's documentary Farmers Portrait is near completion. He makes films on health and environment issues, like the Polio campaign with Amitabh Bachchan.

His 2007 release, Prarambha won the National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film at the 55th National Film Awards. The film dealt with the stigma attached to an HIV + person. It dealt with a little boy who had been ostracized from school only because he is diagnosed with HIV. This film highlighted the plight of the boy and highlighted the ignorance of the society towards this virus. It dealt with the myths surrounding HIV and aimed at educating the masses through an entertaining story weaved around the little boy. This was produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Aids foundation and was shot entirely in Mysore.

Ad films[edit]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Film Title Language Notes
1988 Story of Tiblu English Short film
National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film
1996 Halo Hindi National Film Award for Best Children's Film
1998 The Terrorist Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
1998 Malli Tamil National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation
2001 Asoka Hindi
2005 Navarasa Tamil National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
2005 Anandabhadram Malayalam
2007 Prarambha Kannada Short film for AIDS awareness campaign
National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
2007 Before the Rains English / Malayalam WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Grand Award for Best Theatrical Feature
2008 Tahaan 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 in 2008 held at Greece.
2011 Urumi Malayalam Best Director at the Imagineindia International Film Festival (Madrid)
2013 Ceylon English / Tamil Filming
2014 INAM English / Tamil

As cinematographer[edit]

As writer[edit]

As producer[edit]

As actor[edit]

Awards[edit]

Civilian honours
National Film Awards
Year Film Language Category Notes
1988 Story of Tiblu English National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film Short film
Director
1991 Perumthachan Malayalam National Film Award for Best Cinematography
1991 Mohiniyattam Malayalam National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography Short film
1996 Kalapani Malayalam 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 Director
1998 Malli Tamil National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Director
1998 Iruvar Tamil National Film Award for Best Cinematography
1999 Dil Se.. Hindi National Film Award for Best Cinematography
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
Kerala State Film Awards
  • 1992 – Aham – Best Cinematography (Colour)
  • 1996 – Kalapani – Best Cinematography
  • 2005 – Anandabhadram – Best Cinematography
  • 1998 – Pavithram-best cinematography
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
  • 1992 – Roja – Best Cinematography
  • 1996 – Indira – Best Cinematography
Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Awards South
IIFA Awards
Star Screen Awards
Zee Cine Awards

International[edit]

Won:

Nominated:

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Gulzar, Govind; Saiba Nihalani (2003). "Biography: Sivan, Santosh". Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Encyclopaedia Britannica (India). p. 633. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. 
  3. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/movies/interview/177106/
  4. ^ "Padma awardees 2014". The Times of India. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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