C. S. Venkiteswaran

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Chittur Subramanian Venkiteswaran
C.S. Venkiteswaran
Born Chittur Subramanian Venkiteswaran
(1959-05-23) 23 May 1959 (age 58)[citation needed]
Chalakudy, Thrissur Kerala, India
Residence Thiruvananthapuram, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Venkity, Babu
Citizenship Indian
Education Post Doctorate in Commerce and Management
Alma mater Calicut University
Occupation Documentary film director, Film Critic, professor[2]
Years active 1970s – present[3][4]
Known for Film Criticism, Film Writing, Documentary Film-making, Book Reviewing
Notable work
  1.  :Udalinte Tharasancharangal.
  2.  :Malayala Cinema Padanangal.
  3.  :Cinema Talkies.
  4.  :A Door to Adoor.
  5.  :Samanthara Yathrakal – K R Mohanante Cinema.
Home town Chalakudy
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Spouse(s) Muthulakshmi
Children Medha, Gauthaman
Parent(s) C.K. Subramaniam, T.V. Thylambal
Relatives Balakrishnan C.S., Sangameshwaran C.S., Meenakshi C.S., Narayani C.S., Ananthalakshmi C.S., Raghavan Thirumulpad

Venkiteswaran Chittur Subramanian (born 23 May 1956) is an Indian film critic, professor, documentary film maker and writer from Chalakudi, Kerala, India, who writes predominantly in English and Malayalam. He won the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 2009.[5]


He is known for his insightful analysis of the social aspects of cinema and their artistic fulfillment. His writings and reviews on film and media, in English and Malayalam has been published in journals such as Deep Focus, Film International, Cinema in India, Bhashaposhini, Pachakuthira, Indian Express, The Hindu, Mathrubhumi and Madhyamam.[6][7] His column "Rumblestrip"(1999–2008) in Indian Express talked about film and the media scene in Kerala.[8]

He published a book on filmmaker K R Mohanan Samanthara Yathrakal – K R Mohanante Cinema and with Lalit Mohan Joshi edited a book on filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, A Door to Adoor.[9] Three books, containing Venkiteswaran's collection of articles that take a critical look at major trends and milestones in Malayalam cinema, were published by DC Books at the DC International Book Fair and Cultural Fest, 2011.[10] The book Malayala Cinema Padanangal won a Special Jury Mention in the State film awards for the year 2011. He has interviewed film personalities including Adoor Gopalakrishnan, T.V. Chandran and Werner Herzog.[11][12]

He is a documentary filmmaker and won the National Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film in 1995 along with M.R. Rajan for Pakarnattam – Ammannur, The Actor, the lyrical cinematic documentation of the life of Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, the exponent of the ancient classical Sanskrit theatrical artform of 'Koodiyattam'. This film won the Kerala State Award for the Best Documentary category in the same year.[13] His article "Tea-shops In Mayalam Cinema" was included in the revamped Kerala SCERT Class X English textbook in 2011.[14][15]

He is the Artistic Director of the Signs film festival for short films and documentaries.[16] He was a jury member for best writing on cinema at the 60th National Film Awards.[17]

Personal life[edit]




  • Udalinte Tharasancharangal
  • Malayala Cinema Padanangal (reviewed by B.R.P. Bhaskar[25])
  • Cinema Talkies
  • A Door to Adoor (Edited by Lalit Mohan Joshi & C.S. Venkiteswaran)
  • Samanthara Yathrakal – K R Mohanante Cinema


  • Pakarnattam: Ammannur, The ActorDuration – 75 mins, Year – 1995. — Documentary on Ammannur Madhava Chakyar directed along with M.R.Rajan.
  • Matha to MaDuration – 70 mins, Year – 2002. —Documentary on Mandakini Narayanan.[26]
  • Mega Narratives are FantasticDuration – 40 mins, Year – 2010.

---Documentary on Chintha Ravi.