R. Rathnavelu

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R. Rathnavelu, ISC
Rathnavelu (cropped).JPG
Rathnavelu in 2012
BornRaman Rathnavelu
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other namesRandy
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Hema Rathnavelu

R. Rathnavelu, ISC is an Indian cinematographer who has worked predominantly in Tamil and Telugu films. His work in films such as Rangasthalam , Chiranjeevi Khaidi No. 150 , Nandha, Vaaranam Aayiram, Enthiran, and 1: Nenokkadine fetched him wide recognition.[1] He has garnered two Filmfare Awards South, the Vijay Awards, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award, and the SIIMA Award for his works.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

He 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 assisted Cinematographer Abdul Rahman and then went on to assist Rajeev Menon.[4]


Year Film Language Notes
1997 Aravindhan Tamil
1998 Sandhippoma Tamil
1999 Sethu Tamil
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 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 David Hindi
2013 Haridas Tamil
2014 1-Nenokkadine Telugu Won SIIMA Award for Best Cinematography - Telugu
2014 Lingaa Tamil
2015 Kumari 21F Telugu
2016 Bramhotsavam Telugu
2017 Khaidi No. 150 Telugu .
2018 Rangasthalam Telugu
2019 Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Telugu


  1. ^ "I adore Rajinikanth: Rathnavelu". The Times of India.
  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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