Ravi Varman

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For 14th century warrior king of Quilon, Kerala, see Ravivarman Kulaśēkhara.
Ravi Varman
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Ravi Varman in 2011
Occupation Cinematographer, film director
Title ISC

Ravi Varman, ISC, is an India Cinematographer, filmmaker, producer and writer. He has shot many award-winning films in Indian languages of Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English. Known for his realistic picturization and poetic framing sense, Ravi Varman began his career in Malayalam films. A well-known writer in Tamil fiction and non fiction, he has also directed a romantic film in Tamil titled Moscowin Kavery. He also filmed the music video for the song "Bird Flu" by British Tamil songwriter M.I.A..

Early life[edit]

Ravi Varman was born in a village called Poyyoundarkudikkadu near Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. Varman lost his mother at a young age. Just before she died there was a wedding in his neighborhood and his mother’s image was accidentally captured by the wedding photographer in one of the photos. Varman went to the studio and asked for a picture to be enlarged and learnt what "out of focus" meant. Thus, he developed an interest in photography and grew up with a passion for watching movies – though at the time, he never considered working in film as a possible career.[1]


After working in Malayalam films since 1999 for three years, he worked in Bollywood for the film Yeh Dil in 2003. He later worked in the Telugu film Jai and received more offers in Hindi, such as Armaan, Bee Busthar, Ramji Londonwale, and Phir Milenge, as well as the Indian English film Five Five Four.[2]

Though a Tamilian, it was not until 2002 when he started to work in Tamil films, with his first one being Susi Ganeshan's Five Star. He continued to work with popular directors as cinematographer in Tamil films, including S. Shankar's Anniyan, Gautham Menon's Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, K. S. Ravikumar's Dasavathaaram and Villu, which was directed by Prabhu Deva.Besides feature films, he has credit of working on more than 500 Television Commercials, Music Albums, Short Films and Documentary. Nonetheless, his flair for literature has led him to embark on writing for an on-line literary magazine 'Yavarum kelir' for Tamiz studio.

Awards and honours[edit]


As director[edit]

As producer[edit]

As cinematographer[edit]


Year Film Language Notes
1999 Jalamarmaram Malayalam
1999 Sathyam Shivam Sundaram Malayalam
2000 Santham Malayalam
2001 Valyettan Malayalam
2001 Vakkalathu Narayanankutty Malayalam
2002 Five Star Tamil
2003 Yeh Dil Hindi
2003 Jai Telugu
2003 Armaan Hindi
2003 Kilichundan Mampazham Malayalam
2003 Bee Busthar Malayalam
2004 Samba Telugu
2004 Five by Four English
2004 Ramji Londonwale Hindi
2004 Phir Milenge Hindi
2004 Autograph Tamil
2005 Anniyan Tamil
2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Tamil
2008 Dasavathaaram Tamil
2009 Villu Tamil
2010 Kandahar Malayalam
2011 Badrinath Telugu
2012 Barfi! Hindi
2013 Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Hindi Zee Cine Awards 2014 - Best Cinematography
2014 Ugramm Kannada
2015 Tamasha Hindi

Music videos[edit]


  • Child Environment