V. Manikandan is a leading cinematographer hailing from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He has worked as the cinematographer for a number of major box office hits in Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. He is an acclaimed ad film cinematographer with more than 3,000 ad films to his credit. He won the Best Cinematographer award [filmfare award] for the movie Anniyan. His debut movie was Atharmam (Tamil) in 1994. He has been congratulated by industry's most acclaimed directors like Mani Ratnam and S. Shankar. In a function Mani Ratnam said "Yes - he is one of the good cinematographers in India". V. Manikandan was nominated for Asia Pacific Cine Awards(ASPA) for his work in Raavanan/Raavan in 2010 for Best Cinematography. He has won Apsara award for best cinematography for Raavan in 2011. He is the younger brother of Painter V. Jeevananthan, A National Awardee for his Book On Cinema 'Thiraicheelai' in the National film Awards 2010.