Ravi K. Chandran

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Ravi K. Chandran
Ravi K Chandran (cropped).jpg
OccupationDirector of Photography, Film Director
Years active1992—present
RelativesRamachandra Babu (brother)
WebsiteOfficial website

Ravi K. Chandran is an Indian cinematographer and film director known for his works in Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil-language cinema.[1] He is the founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC). His most recognized works are Minsaara Kanavu (1997), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Citizen (2001), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Boys (2003), Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004) in Tamil cinema,[2] Ekalavyan (1993), The King (1995), Mafia (1993), Punaradhivasam (1999) and Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999) in Malayalam cinema.

His best known works in Bollywood are Virasat (1997), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Yuva (2004), Paheli (2004), Black (2005), Fanaa (2006), and Saawariya (2007).[3] Ravi has won two Filmfare Awards and one Southern Filmfare Award.


Ravi K. Chandran was born in the village Maduranthakam, Tamil Nadu as the youngest child of Malayali parents, Kunjan Pillai and Padmini Amma, who totally had seven children. Both of his parents were from Alappuzha Kerala. Following graduating from the A. M. Jain College in 1982, Ravi K. Chandran started his career in the film industry. In addition to this, he works as the Director of Photography of many music videos and ad films. He began his career by assisting his brother, K. Ramachandra Babu and later turned into an independent cinematographer in 1992 by filming Kilukkampetti, a Malayalam film directed by Shaji Kailas. Later he donned camera for a more Shaji Kailas directorials including Thalasthanam, Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans, Ekalavyan, Mafia and The King. His entry into Tamil cinema was in 1994 through Honest Raj starring Vijayakanth.

Personal life[edit]

Ravi Chandran is the younger brother of K. Ramachandra Babu, who himself is a noted cinematographer.[4] He is married to Hemalata and currently resides in Mumbai with his two sons. One of his sons, Santhana Krishnan, also followed his father's footsteps as a cinematographer.[5]


As cinematographer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1992 Kilukkampetti Malayalam
Priyapetta Kukku
Welcome to Kodaikanal
1993 Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons
Customs Diary
1994 Chukkan
Honest Raj Tamil
1995 Aksharam Malayalam
The King Malayalam
1997 Virasat Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
Minsaara Kanavu Tamil Co-cinematographer
1998 Kabhi Na Kabhi Hindi
Major Saab
1999 Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu Malayalam
2000 Snip! Hindi
Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya Hindi
Citizen Tamil
Punaradhivasam Malayalam
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Hindi Nominated - Star Screen Award for Best Cinematography
2002 Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
ITFA Best Cinematographer Award
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! Hindi
2003 Calcutta Mail Nominated - Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography
Koi... Mil Gaya
Boys Tamil
2004 Aayitha Ezhuthu
2005 Black Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
2006 Fanaa
2007 Saawariya
2008 Firaaq
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi German Public Bollywood Award for Best Cinematography
2010 My Name Is Khan
Anjaana Anjaani
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl For One Song
7aum Arivu Tamil
2016 Baar Baar Dekho Hindi
2017 Ok Jaanu
2018 Bharat Ane Nenu Telugu Debut in Telugu cinema.
2019 Student of the Year 2 Hindi
2019 Adithya Varma Tamil
2020 Coolie No. 1 Hindi
2022 Bheemla Nayak Telugu
2022 Bhramam Malayalam
2022 Ramasethu Malayalam

As director[edit]

Film Year Language
*Yaan 2014 Tamil
*Bhramam 2021 Malayalam

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Awards/Filmfare Awards South
Star Screen Awards
  • 2002: Nominated, Star Screen Award for Best Cinematography - Dil Chahta Hai
Zee Cine Awards
Vijay Awards
  • 2011: Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Cinematography - 7aum Arivu


  1. ^ "Ravi K Chandran's Moroccan dreams". The Times of India. 6 October 2012. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Why ace cinematographer Ravi K Chandran turned director". rediff.com. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Ravi K. Chandran". www.sify.com. Archived from the original on 24 October 2003. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ Subramanian, Karthik (29 October 2011). "Fame by frame". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  5. ^ "A notable debut by Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran".

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