Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation||Cinematographer, Film Actor, producer|
Natarajan Subramanian, better known as Natty, is an Indian cinematographer who has worked on Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films. He has also worked as an actor in Tamil films and achieved recognition through his performance as a conman in Sathuranga Vettai (2014).
Natarajan pursued an interest in photography and quit school at 18, choosing to take up a series of odd jobs to fund his interest rather than going through college. He worked as a still photographer at weddings, and then performed as a videographer at ceremonies. He briefly assisted cinematographer B. R. Vijayalakshmi but was unable to get a break in the film industry, so chose to work on documentaries instead, before venturing into work on commercials and music videos. He shot videos of the music band Euphoria's first album, and his work was well received. He became acquainted with director Ram Gopal Varma and the pair discussed a film project which did not materialise, before he was recommended by Varma to Anurag Kashyap, whom he worked with for three Hindi projects - Last Train to Mahakali (1999), Paanch (2003), and Black Friday (2004). In between he had also worked for Tamil romanctic-comedy Youth (2002) starring Vijay, and had briefly agreed to be a part of AR Murugadoss's Ramanaa (2001), which he later opted out from. Despite being active in Tamil films, he has chosen to prioritise work as a cinematographer in Hindi films, working on successful films including Jab We Met (2007), Golmaal Returns (2008) and Raanjhanaa (2013).
Away from cinematography in big-budget Hindi films, Natarajan has embarked on an alternate career as an actor in small-budget Tamil films. He initially appeared in two films by his friend Uday Mahesh, Naalai (2006) and Chakkara Viyugam (2008), both of which went unnoticed at the box office but won positive acclaim for Natarajan's performances as an actor. He starred in two further action-masala films aimed at the village and town audiences, Milaga (2010) and Muthukku Muthaaga (2011), which received similar lukewarm responses. In 2014, Natarajan featured in the Tamil caper film, Sathuranga Vettai directed by newcomer Vinoth and produced by Manobala. The film opened to positive reviews and became a surprise success at the box office, with a critic noting Natarajan "is brilliant as Gandhi Babu. He does his part with relish using his brains more than brawn with expressive body and eye language".
|2002||Youth||Customer asking for Rani magazine||uncredited|
|2014||Sathuranga Vettai||Gandhi Babu|
|2014||Jeeva||Man at bar||Special appearance in "Oru Rosa" song|
|1999||Last Train to Mahakali||Hindi||Anurag Kashyap||Short Film|
|2002||Youth||Tamil||Vincent Selva||Debut Tamil film|
|2003||Paanch||Hindi||Anurag Kashyap||Debut Hindi film|
|2004||Black Friday||Anurag Kashyap|
|2007||Eklavya: The Royal Guard||Vidhu Vinod Chopra|
|Jab We Met||Imtiaz Ali|
|2008||Phir Kabhi||V. K. Prakash|
|Halla Bol||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Golmaal Returns||Rohit Shetty|
|2009||Love Aaj Kal||Imtiaz Ali|
|2010||Lafangey Parindey||Pradeep Sarkar|
|Knock Out||Mani Shankar|
|2011||Desi Boyz||Rohit Dhawan|
|2012||Thuppakki||Tamil||AR Murugadoss||"Vennilave" song only|
|2013||Raanjhanaa||Hindi||Anand L Rai|
|2014||Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty||AR Murugadoss|
|2016||A Aa||Telugu||Trivikram Srinivas||Debut Telugu film|
|2017||My Story||Malayalam||Roshni Dinaker|
|2018||Chall Mohan Ranga||Telugu||Krishna Chaitanya|
|2018||N.T.R 28||Telugu||Trivikram Srinivas|
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