P. C. Sreeram

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PC Sreeram ISC
Born (1956-01-26) 26 January 1956 (age 68)[1]
Other namesP. C, P. C. Sriram
Alma materMadras Film Institute
Occupation(s)Cinematographer, Film Director
Years active1982–present
RelativesP. R. Sundaram Iyer (grandfather)[2]
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Cinematography (1987)

P. C. Sreeram ISC (born 26 January 1956) is an Indian cinematographer and film director who works in Indian films. He is also the president of Qube Cinemas, a digital cinema technology company. He is an alumnus of the Madras Film Institute. Apart from his work as a cinematographer, Sreeram was much appreciated for his directorial venture Kuruthipunal. The film was internationally acclaimed and was submitted by India as its official entry to the Oscars in 1996. Sreeram is known for his association with Bharathan, Mani Ratnam, R Balki, Vikram Kumar, and received critical acclaim for his work in films such as Thevar Magan, Mouna Ragam, Nayakan, Cheeni Kum, Agni Natchathiram, Paa, Geethanjali, Alaipayuthey, I, Pad Man, O Kadhal Kanmani, Thiruda Thiruda, Ishq, and Remo. He has worked as a cinematographer in over 30 films spanning across Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi language, besides directing three films and a few TV commercials in Chennai and Mumbai. He is also one of the founding members of Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC).

Early life and family[edit]

Sreeram was born on 26 January 1956 in Madras (now Chennai). Sreeram's aspiration towards films grew much during his childhood days.[3] He was educated at the Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai. As a student he was not interested in studies.[3] He had a passion for photography and after many years of struggle[clarification needed] he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a course in cinematography.[3][4][5] The "Samco" group, which included Kamal Haasan, C. Rudhraiya, Santhana Bharathi, Radharavi, R. C. Sakthi, Mani Ratnam, and a few others, used to meet at a hotel in Chennai and share their knowledge of cinema and future ambitions of making a perfect film.

His niece Preetha Jayaraman, a cinematographer in the Tamil Film industry, was inspired to her calling largely by her uncle's work in the field.[6] Sreeram's daughter died in 2012, aged 23, after falling from the terrace of a friend's house[7]


Sreeram received his diploma in motion picture photography from the Madras Film Institute in 1979,[8] and made his cinematic debut in the early 1980s.[1] One of his earlier works, Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai (1985), won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director in 1984.[1] Following a few commercially unsuccessful releases, he worked with Mani Ratnam for the first time in Mouna Ragam (1986).[9] The film gave a much-needed breakthrough for both of them. Following the film's success, the pair went on to work in Nayagan (1987). The film went on to win three National Film Awards at the 35th National Film Awards; Sreeram was awarded that year's National Film Award.[1] He used new techniques in the camera for their next film Agni Natchathiram and was praised very much for his work. Sreeram shot all of Ratnam's films until Geethanjali (1989). The film was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful besides winning the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and seven Nandi Awards—including the Best Story and Best Cinematography awards for Ratnam and Sreeram, respectively.

During the early 1990s, Sreeram worked in Gopura Vasalile (1991) and Thevar Magan (1992).[4] He made his directorial debut in 1992 with Meera, starring Vikram and Aishwarya .[9] The film had a delayed release and was a poor grosser at the box-office. The following year, he renewed his association with Ratnam in the latter's Thiruda Thiruda.

Sreeram directed his second film Kuruthipunal (1995), a police story based on the Hindi film Drohkaal (1994). The film was India's official entry to the Oscars in 1996.[4] It was showcased at the Rotterdam International Film Festival under the category "Director in Focus" eight years after its release.[10] In 2004, he directed Vaanam Vasappadum, the first Indian film to make use of high-definition digital technology.[11][12] The film was screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival and the ninth International Film Festival of Kerala.[12] In 2007, Sreeram made his Bollywood debut with R. Balki's Cheeni Kum.[13] Since then, Sreeram has shot all of Balki's films—Paa (2009), Shamitabh (2015), Ki & Ka (2016) and Pad Man (2018).


Sreeram is well known for his longtime association with Mani Ratnam, Moulee and Kamal Haasan. He received critical acclaim for his work in films such as Mouna Ragam, Nayakan, Geetaanjali, Thevar Magan, Thiruda Thiruda and Alaipayuthey.[14][13] He has mentored some of the prominent cinematographers in the Indian film industry including Jeeva,[9] M. S. Prabhu, Ramji, Chezhiyan, Fowzia Fathima, Mahesh Muthuswami, Dwaraganath, Arun Vincent, Preetha Jayaraman, K. V. Anand,[15] Tirru,[16] Balasubramaniem, K. V. Guhan, Nirav Shah, Sivakumar Vijayan, Tanveer Mir, Vivekanand Santhosham, Sathyan Sooryan, and Arvind Krishna.[17][18] In January 2016, Sreeram was elected as the president of South Indian Film Cinematographers Association.[19]


As cinematographer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1981 Vaa Indha Pakkam Tamil Debut
1982 Oru Varisu Uruvagiradhu Tamil
1982 Nandri, Meendum Varuga Tamil
1985 Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai Tamil
1985 Koodum Thedi Malayalam Debut Malayalam film
1985 Poove Poochooda Vaa Tamil
1986 Mouna Ragam Tamil
1986 Nee Thana Antha Kuyil Tamil
1987 Nayakan Tamil
1988 Sathyaa Tamil 1 Song
1988 Agni Natchathiram Tamil
1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Tamil
1989 Geethanjali Telugu Debut Telugu film
1990 Idhaya Thamarai Tamil
1991 Gopura Vasalile Tamil
1992 Amaran Tamil
1992 Thevar Magan Tamil
1992 Meera Tamil Directorial debut
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Tamil
1994 May Madham Tamil
1995 Subha Sankalpam Telugu
1995 Kuruthipunal Tamil
1998 Shanti Shanti Shanti Kannada Debut Kannada film
1999 Mugam Tamil
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Tamil
2000 Mugavaree Tamil
2000 Alaipayuthey Tamil
2001 Kushi Telugu
2004 Vaanam Vasappadum Tamil
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Tamil
2006 Varalaru Tamil 1 song
2007 Cheeni Kum Hindi Debut Hindi film
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Tamil Partly completed
2008 Keka Telugu
2009 13B/ Yavarum Nalam Hindi
2009 Paa Hindi
2012 Ishq Telugu
2015 I Tamil
2015 Shamitabh Hindi
2015 O Kadhal Kanmani Tamil
2016 Ki & Ka Hindi
2016 Remo Tamil
2018 Pad Man Hindi
2018 Naa... Nuvve Telugu
2018 Praana Malayalam [20]
2020 Psycho Tamil Partly completed[21]
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Tamil Segment Avarum Naanum - Avalum Naanum
2021 Navarasa Tamil Netflix web-series Segment Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru
2021 Rang De Telugu
2022 Thank You Telugu
2023 Lust Stories 2 Hindi Segment Made For Each Other

As director[edit]

Year Film Notes
1992 Meera Debut directorial film
1995 Kuruthipunal
2004 Vaanam Vasappadum


Year Nominated work Category Result Notes
1987 Nayakan National Film Award for Best Cinematography Won [1]
1990 Geethanjali Nandi Award for Best Cinematographer Won
1992 Thevar Magan Cinema Express Award for Best Cameraman Won
1993 Thiruda Thiruda Cinema Express Award for Best Cameraman Won
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Dinakaran Award for Best Cinematographer Won
2000 Alaipayuthey Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer - South Won [22]
2006 Varalaru Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer (Special Jury) Won [23]
2012 Ishq CineMAA Award for Best Cinematographer Won
2012 Ishq CineMAA Award for Life Time Contribution Won [24]
2012 Ishq SIIMA Award for Best Cinematographer (Telugu) Nominated


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