R. Rathnavelu

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R. Rathnavelu
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Rathnavelu in 2012
Alma materMadras Film Institute
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Hema 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] 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.[2][3]


Rathnavelu graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and completed the 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 Rajeev Menon for the Mani Rathnam movie Bombay .[4]


Year Film Language Notes
1997 Aravindhan Tamil
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
2003 Thirumalai Tamil
2004 Arya Telugu
2004 Chameli Hindi
2004 Perazhagan Tamil
2005 Maayavi Tamil
2005 February 14 Tamil
2006 Cyanide Kannada
2007 Jagadam Telugu
2008 Gaalipata Kannada
2008 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 Tamil
2013 Haridas Tamil
2014 1: Nenokkadine Telugu Won SIIMA Award for Best Cinematographer (Telugu)
2014 Lingaa Tamil
2015 Kumari 21F Telugu
2016 Brahmotsavam Telugu
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Telugu
2018 Rangasthalam Telugu Won
2019 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Telugu Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Cinematographer
2020 Sarileru Neekevvaru Telugu
2021 Indian 2 Tamil
2021 Vettri Tamil


  1. ^ "I adore Rajinikanth: Rathnavelu". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Interview with R. Rathnavelu - Telugu cinema cinematographer".
  3. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi. "Khaidi No.150: Chiranjeevi returns in style".
  4. ^ Krishnamoorthy, Suresh. "Light, camera and a lens to top it all".

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