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Born K.T. Balasubramaniem
(1966-08-18) August 18, 1966 (age 50)
Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1992–present
Title ISC
Spouse(s) E.Mala (m. 2017)

K.T. Balasubramaniem (born August 18, 1966) is a well-known cinematographer from Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu who completed schooling and college in Thirupattur.[1] [2] Under the tutelage of P.C. Sreeram for nearly 5 years, he worked in award-winning films such as Thevar Magan, Thiruda Thiruda and Kuruthipunal.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, where he did his early schooling. He later moved to Thirupattur, near Karaikudi, where he completed his schooling and did his college. He studied B.Sc.Physics in APSA college, Trippattur. He is married to Television newsreader E. Mala. He has two sons, namely - Kavin and Karun.


He is noticed for the cinematography in his debut film, Iraniyan, a historical film set in the Pre-Independence era. Later, his work in director Bala's award-winning film Pithamagan and 180 which earned him critical appreciation.

Balasubramaniem started his career by assisting noted cinematographer P.C. Sreeram for nearly 5 years, in award-winning films like Thevar Magan (1992), Thiruda Thiruda (1993) and Kuruthipunal (1995). Finally he made his independent debut as Director of Photography (DOP) with Kamal Hassan's Hindi version of Magalir Mattum titled Ladies only which was not released and later received acclaim for historical film, Vaatakudi Eranian. He did many films afterwards the prominent ones being Pithamagan, M Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi, Thambi, Azhagiya Thamizh Magan and 180.


As cinematographer[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
1997 Ladies Only Hindi
1999 Iraniyan Tamil
2000 Yuvakudu Telugu
2002 Unnai Ninaithu Tamil
2003 Vaseegara Tamil
Pithamagan Tamil
Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu Tamil
2004 M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi Tamil
2005 Majaa Tamil
2006 Thambi Tamil
Sainikudu Telugu
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Tamil
2008 Kannum Kannum Tamil
Jayamkondaan Tamil
2009 Ninaithale Inikkum Tamil
2010 Kutty Tamil
Uthamaputhiran Tamil
2011 180 (Nootrenbadhu) Tamil
Singam Puli Tamil
2012 Oru Kal Oru Kannadi Tamil
Neerparavai Tamil Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Cinematographer
2013 Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya Tamil
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam Tamil
2014 Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal Tamil
Nanbenda Tamil [4]
2015 Rajini Murugan Tamil
Idhu Namma Aalu Tamil
Pasanga 2 Tamil
2016 Kathakali Tamil
2017 Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam Tamil


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