Nirav Shah

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Nirav Shah
Nirav Shah at the 2.0 Trailer Launch.jpg
Born (1974-11-16) 16 November 1974 (age 48)
Occupation(s)Cinematographer, entrepreneur

Nirav Shah (born 16 November 1974) is an Indian cinematographer. He has worked on a number of major box office hits in Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam since his debut with the 2004 Hindi film Paisa Vasool.[1][2]


After having worked as an assistant to other noted cinematographers and solely on many television advertisements, music videos and short films, Nirav Shah became an independent cinematographer for a "full feature film", debuting with the 2004 Bollywood film Paisa Vasool, following which he worked on another Hindi project Intequam (2004). It was, however, the Hindi blockbuster film Dhoom (2004) that made people take notice of Shah, winning him accolades and gaining him fame and popularity.

Subsequently, Shah got offers from the Tamil film industry as well and moved southwards, debuting in Kollywood with the 2005 Linguswamy-directed action film Sandakozhi, following which he was called up by director Vishnuvardhan. They first teamed up for the 2005 Tamil gangster film Pattiyal, following which Vishnuvardhan worked together with Shah for all his following feature films, creating, along with noted music composer, Yuvan Shankar Raja, one of the most acclaimed and most successful collaborations in the Tamil film industry.[1][2][3][4] Shah's works in Vishnuvardhan's films including Arinthum Ariyamalum (2005), Billa (2007) and the most recent Sarvam (2008) got high praise and much critical acclaim, turning him into one of the most sought-after young cinematographers in Kollywood.

He returned to Bollywood to work on the films Banaras and the sequel of Dhoom (both 2006), for which Shah again won accolades and also received several awards and nominations, particular for the latter one. He was signed up by Prabhu Deva for the Vijay-starrer Pokkiri (2007) and by the director-duo Pushkar-Gayathri for their debut venture Oram Po (2007). In 2008 then, Nirav Shah was called by noted filmmaker Shankar to handle the camera for his forthcoming magnum opus science-fiction film Enthiran, but Shah had to reject the invitation because he had already given his word to his friend Vishnuvardhan's Sarvam. He went on to work on the Hindi remake of Pokkiri, Wanted, directed again by Prabhu Deva and A. L. Vijay's Madrasapattinam.

In July 2009, it was announced that Shah would soon turn film director, directing a film under actor Arya's production, starring Arya's brother Sathya in the lead role.[5] Besides, Shah is currently developing and building India's biggest film studio, located at the Old Mahabalipuram Road off Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, which is said to cost around Rs. 100 crore.[6][7][8]

Three of his films have been nominated at the National Award for the Best Cinematographer: Banaras (Hindi), Pattiyal (Tamil) and Dhoom 2 (Hindi). He won the Tamil Nadu Government's State Award for Best Cinematographer for Billa (Tamil).


Year Film Language Notes
2004 Paisa Vasool Hindi
Dhoom Hindi
Intequam Hindi
2005 Sandakozhi Tamil
Arinthum Ariyamalum Tamil
2006 Pattiyal Tamil
Banaras Hindi
Dhoom 2 Hindi
2007 Pokkiri Tamil Remake of Pokiri
Kireedam Tamil 1 song; Remake of Kireedam
Oram Po Tamil
Billa Tamil Remake of Billa
2009 Sarvam Tamil
Wanted Hindi Remake of Pokiri
2010 Thamizh Padam Tamil
Madrasapattinam Tamil
Va Tamil
2011 Vaanam Tamil Remake of Vedam
Engeyum Kaadhal Tamil
Deiva Thirumagal Tamil
2012 Vettai Tamil
Kadhalil Sodhapuvadu Yeppadi / Love Failure Tamil
Thaandavam Tamil
2013 Thalaivaa Tamil
2014 Saivam Tamil
Kaaviya Thalaivan Tamil
2015 Idhu Enna Maayam Tamil
Gabbar is Back Hindi Remake of Ramanaa
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga Tamil
Size Zero / Inji Iduppazhagi Telugu
2018 Diya / Kanam Tamil
Lakshmi Tamil
2.0 Tamil
Kayamkulam Kochunni Malayalam
2019 Super Deluxe Tamil
Watchman Tamil
Nerkonda Paarvai Tamil Remake of Pink
Namma Veettu Pillai Tamil
2020 Tenet English Additional camera operator for Mumbai sequences[9]
2022 Valimai Tamil
Godfather Telugu Remake of Lucifer
2023 Thunivu Tamil
Miss. Shetty Mr. Polishetty Telugu Completed[10][11]
TBA Ayalaan Tamil
Mahavir Karna Hindi
Thupparivaalan 2 Tamil




Vijay Awards

South Indian International Movie Awards

  • 2019- 2.0 – Best Cinematography


  1. ^ a b "Vishnuvardhan's 'Sarvam' on the go". Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b ""Sarvam is slick" - Vishnu". Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Now, 'Billa' rocks Kerala!". Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  4. ^ "VishnuVardhans "Pattiyal"". Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Arya expands his business". Behindwoods. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Nirav Shah's hi-tech studio costing nearly 100 crores". Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  7. ^ "Nirav Shah's dreamland in tinsel town". Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Nirav Shah's 100-crore projext". Behindwoods. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  9. ^ The Times of India (8 December 2020). "Valimai cinematographer Nirav Shah has worked in Christopher Nolan's Tenet". Archived from the original on 26 March 2023. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Anushka Shetty, Naveen Polishetty film goes on floors". Cinema Express. 4 April 2022.
  11. ^ "స్టాండప్ కమెడియన్‌గా నవీన్ పోలిశెట్టి.. మోషన్ పోస్టర్ రిలీజ్". Hindustan Times Telugu. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Rajini, Kamal win best actor awards". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 29 September 2009. Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Rajini and Nayan awarded". 8 September 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  14. ^ "Isayaruvi Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards 2008". Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  15. ^ "TN Govt. announces Tamil Film Awards for six years". The Hindu. 14 July 2017.
  16. ^ "The Chosen Ones". Retrieved 15 July 2009.[dead link]

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