A. Vincent

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Aloysius Vincent.
Born (1928-06-14)14 June 1928
Kozhikode, Madras Presidency, British India
Died 25 February 2015(2015-02-25) (aged 86)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Cinematographer, Film Director
Children Jayanan Vincent
Ajayan Vincent

Aloysius Vincent (14 June 1928 – 25 February 2015) was an Indian cinematographer and director of Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.[1][2][3] From the mid-1960s on he directed some 30 movies including the landmark Malayalam films Bhargavi Nilayam, and Murappennu.[4][5] He also won the Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award for Prem Nagar (1974) starring Rajesh Khanna. His penultimate Malayalam movie were the 1985 3D film Pournami Ravil and Kochu Themmadi (1986).[6] He is best known for directing Tamil films like Engalkku Kalam Varum, Thulabharam, Iru Veedugal and Jayalalitha's 100th film Thirumangalyam.[7] In 2003, the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) awarded him an Honorary Membership, along with K. K. Mahajan and V. K. Murthy. He received the J. C. Daniel Award in 1996.[8][9]

Biography[edit]

Vincent was born in 1928 in Calicut, then part of Madras Presidency.[10] He was trained under cinematographer Kamal Ghosh and was initially associated with Gemini Studios. He started his career in Tamil cinema and shot to fame with the Sivaji Ganesan-starrer Uthamaputhiran. Vincent teamed up with C. V. Sridhar in masterpieces such as Kalyana Parisu, Nenjil Or Aalayam, Kaadhalikka Neramillai, Sumaithaangi and Then Nilavu. He then became a freelancer and achieved success in Malayalam and Telugu films.[11] He established himself as one of the leading cinematographers in South India and also earned a name in Hindi films. At a time when cinematography was in its infancy in Indian cinema, he experimented with camera angles and placements. He succeeded in bringing in the kind of visuals that were not seen before in South Indian films. In 2003, the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) awarded him an Honorary Membership, along with K. K. Mahajan and V. K. Murthy.[12][13]

Vincent has directed around 30 films, mostly in Malayalam. The first Malayalam film he directed, Bhargavi Nilayam (1964), was scripted by renowned writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. It is considered one of the all time classics in Malayalam cinema and the soundtrack to this film was also a notable success. Few directors could claim such an impressive list of chart-toppers and some of the Malayalam feature films directed by Vincent are Murappennu, Nadhi, Gandharvakshethram, Thulabharam, Aswamedham, Achani, Anaavaranam, Aalmaram, Thriveni, Nagarame Nandi, Abhijathyam, Asuravithu, Kochu Themmadi, Nizhalattam, Chenda, Sreekrishna Parunthu, Priyamulla Sophia, Nakhangal and Theerthayathra. Vincent died on 25 February 2015 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife and two cinematographer sons–Jayanan Vincent and Ajayan Vincent–and daughters, Sumithra Maria and Snehalatha Marie.[14]

Filmography[edit]

as a director[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ B. Kolappan. "Ace cinematographer Vincent dies". The Hindu. 
  2. ^ "Many stories, one truth". The Hindu. 
  3. ^ http://www.nowrunning.com/news/news.aspx?it=12558 nowrunning.com
  4. ^ B. Vijayakumar (16 November 2009). "Bhargavi Nilayam 1948". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 
  5. ^ B. Vijayakumar (30 March 2009). "Murappennu 1965". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  6. ^ B. Vijayakumar (30 March 2009). "Murappennu 1965". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Director Vincent passes away". Business Standard. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  8. ^ "ISC – KODAK National Seminar on "Cinematographer as a Co-author of Cinema"". ISC. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  9. ^ B. Kolappan. "Ace cinematographer Vincent dies". The Hindu. 
  10. ^ B. Kolappan. "Ace cinematographer Vincent dies". The Hindu. 
  11. ^ B. Kolappan. "Ace cinematographer Vincent dies". The Hindu. 
  12. ^ "ISC – KODAK National Seminar on "Cinematographer as a Co-author of Cinema"". ISC. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  13. ^ B. Kolappan. "Ace cinematographer Vincent dies". The Hindu. 
  14. ^ B. Kolappan. "Ace cinematographer Vincent dies". The Hindu. 

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