Anjuli Shukla

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Anjuli Shukla
Alma materFTII
OccupationCinematographer, Film Director
AwardsNational Film Awards

Anjuli Shukla is an Indian cinematographer and film director. She is the first and till date the only Indian woman who has won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography.[1] Kutty Srank, her debut film, won her the National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 2010. Her recent direction, ‘Happy Mothers Day’ a feature film by Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) was the opening film for the 19th Edition of the International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI).[2] An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Shukla started her career as an assistant to cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan before making her feature film debut.[3]


Shukla was born in Lucknow into a family that was not related to film industry. She was interested in films right from her childhood and completed her graduation from the University of Lucknow , Lucknow.[4] Upon graduation, she decided to join the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) to do a course in cinematography, which she felt was an ideal platform to express her "creativity". Her family was supportive of her decision.[5] Shukla's diploma film at the FTII was premiered at the competition section of the Camerimage film festival.[6] Upon completing her course at the FTII, she joined Santosh Sivan as an apprentice and went on to assist him in various films including two Hollywood productionsThe Mistress of Spices and Before the Rains.[6][7] She was the second unit camerawoman for Mani Ratnam's Tamil–Hindi bilingual films Raavan and Raavanan (2010).[8] She got a break as an independent cinematographer through Kutty Srank, a Malayalam film directed by Shaji N. Karun. The film had the distinction of being the first in Malayalam to be shot by a woman cinematographer.[7] Shukla's work fetched her the Best Cinematography at the 57th National Film Awards in 2010. She was the first female to be awarded in the category.[5][8] After Kutty Srank, she joined with Santosh Sivan for Urumi, a period drama.[8]




Camera and Electrical Department or Second Unit Department[edit]



National Film Award for Best Cinematography



Golden Tadpole for Best Cinematography, Camerimage
  • 2004 – Pre-Mortem – Golden Tadpole for Best Cinematography, Camerimage [9]


  1. ^ "Anjuli Shukla, awardwinning cinematographer". Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Sulking KCR skips children's film festival". Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Anjuli Shukla: Picture perfect". Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  4. ^ Iti Shree Misra (24 September 2010). "Award doesn't make my job easier". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "The female gaze". Mumbai Mirror. 26 September 2010. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b "57th National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. p. 79. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b Sangeeta (11 June 2008). "Woman with a view". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Pillai, Sreedhar (1 December 2010). "Anjuli Shukla: Picture perfect". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Camerimage Awards for 2004". Retrieved 15 November 2015.

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