R. Rathnavelu

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R. Rathnavelu
Rathnavelu in 2012
Alma materMadras Film Institute
Years active1997–present
SpouseHema Rathnavelu

R. Rathnavelu is an Indian cinematographer who works predominantly in Tamil and Telugu films. His work in films such as Sethu, Nandha, Vaaranam Aayiram, Enthiran, 1: Nenokkadine, Rangasthalam and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy garnered recognition.[1][2] He has garnered three Filmfare Awards South, the Vijay Awards, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award, two SIIMA Awards and the Kalaimamani Award bestowed by the Tamil Nadu state government for his work.[3][4]


Rathnavelu graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and completed a three year Diploma in Film Technology in cinematography from the M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute. He went on to assist cinematographer Rajiv Menon, for Mani Rathnam's Bombay.[5]


Year Film Language Notes
1997 Aravindhan Tamil [6]
1998 Sandhippoma Tamil
1999 Sethu Tamil Cinema Express Award for Best Cinematographer
2001 Nandha Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer - South
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer
2002 Bagavathi Tamil
2003 Jayam Tamil Remake of Jayam
Thirumalai Tamil
2004 Arya Telugu
Perazhagan Tamil Remake of Kunjikoonan
2005 Maayavi Tamil
February 14 Tamil
2006 Cyanide Kannada
2007 Jagadam Telugu
2008 Gaalipata Kannada
Vaaranam Aayiram Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer
2010 Enthiran Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer - South

Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer

2013 David Hindi
Haridas Tamil
2014 1: Nenokkadine Telugu Won SIIMA Award for Best Cinematographer (Telugu)
Lingaa Tamil [7]
2015 Kumari 21F Telugu
2016 Brahmotsavam Telugu
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Telugu Remake of Kaththi
2018 Rangasthalam Telugu
2019 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Telugu Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Cinematographer
2020 Sarileru Neekevvaru Telugu [8]
2022 Etharkkum Thunindhavan Tamil [9]
2024 Indian 2 Tamil [10]
Devara Telugu [11]
2025 RC16 Telugu [12]


  1. ^ "I adore Rajinikanth: Rathnavelu". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012.
  2. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (19 February 2018). "R Rathnavelu on making dual headway". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Interview with R. Rathnavelu - Telugu cinema cinematographer".
  4. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (11 January 2017). "Khaidi No.150: Chiranjeevi returns in style". The Hindu.
  5. ^ Krishnamoorthy, Suresh (20 January 2014). "Light, camera and a lens to top it all". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "I am not here for money: cinematographer Rathnavelu". Cinema Express. 30 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Lingaa through Randy's lens". The Hindu. 29 November 2014. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  8. ^ Nyayapati, Neeshita. "Rathnavelu for Mahesh Babu's 'Sarileru Neekevvaru'". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  9. ^ "Suriya resumes shoot for Pandiraj's film post lockdown". India Today. 14 July 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Indian 2 update: Cinematographer Ravi Varman out. Shankar brings in Rathnavelu for Kamal Haasan film". India Today. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  11. ^ "NTR 30: Jr NTR, Janhvi Kapoor-starrer goes on floor, Telugu star reunites with Koratala Siva". Zee Business. 23 March 2023. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  12. ^ "'RRR' Star Ram Charan's 16th Film Launched by Chiranjeevi". 20 March 2024.

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