S. Krishna

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Born (1975-06-09) 9 June 1975 (age 44)
OccupationCinematographer, film Director, Producer
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Swapna Krishna
Childrenriya krishna,riitu & raghav krishna

S. Krishna[1] (Kannada: ಕೃಷ್ಣ) is an Indian cinematographer and film director who primarily works in Kannada films. He gave a new dimension for cinematography through his breath taking visuals[2] in Mungaru Male which is considered as a romantic cult classic. His Twitter Handle is @Krisshdop

He's an alumnus of Government Film and Television Institute, Bangalore.


  • Principal Cinematographer for capturing the world-famous Jog Falls for the movie Mungaru Male. The falls is also the first-highest untiered waterfall in India.[3]


at South Scope Awards 2009

Though Krishna's cinematography impressed people and the critics, he didn't come into his own until he did the challenging Mungaaru Male.

The film was shot in 80% natural rain, generally not cinematography friendly. It also needed to be shot in other precarious conditions – like the dangerous, rocky top of the Jog Falls. Krishna took up the challenge, and did the job admirably. The film was a box office success and one of the major contributors to its success was Krishna's cinematography. He was duly recognised by the Karnataka State Government when they named him the Best Cinematographer for the year 2006. Per Yograj Bhat, the director of the film, the cinematographer was his partner in crime for all risky and foolhardy propositions. Krishna maintains that since he had complete freedom to do as he liked, he could deliver his best.

After Mungaaru Male, Krishna went on to do a film with debutant director Harsha.A. Geleya did not have much scope for experimentation cinematographically, but the film's most popular track Ee Sanje Yaakaagide shot in slow motion was the high light of the film. Krishna did Haage Summane next, for Preetam Gubbi, one of the main collaborators in the film Mungaaru Male. Since then he's the frequent collaborator for all the Preetam Gubbi's films.

He also served as cinematographer for the film Raaj the Showman directed by Prem and starring Puneeth Rajkumar and Priyanka Kothari. Though the critics were not impressed with the film, Krishna's work was applauded by all. He then worked for Kempegowda, Kannada remake of Tamil Blockbuster Singham, which starred Sudeep in the lead and also directed by himself. Krishna had collaborated with Sudeep for the second time, after Ranga SSLC which starred Sudeep in the lead. The movie showed the hidden talented side of Krishna, who had experimented a lot in the movie and took the technicalities of the flick to another level. Supergoodmovies praised his work as "the camerawork stand out in the technical department. Krishna, who is otherwise known for wielding camera for mushy love stories does a good job in this action film. For a change, fights using safety cords look real. Krishna shows his ability also in song sequences.

Krishna was supposed to work with Yograj Bhat for Lagori starring Puneeth Rajkumar but the project was dropped. In 2012, they collaborated together for the film Drama starring Yash and Radhika Pandit. Naturally, whole film industry's eyes were on him expecting to recreate the magic of Mungaru Male along with Yogaraj Bhat.

Drama was released in November to the most positive reviews from critics and audience alike. The movie was a blockbuster of 2012 and it garnered rave reviews for Krishna for his work from all over the country. IBN Live[4] praised his work as "The film's highlight is the remarkable camerawork of S Krishna, who is arguably one of the country's top directors of photography. Indiaglitz[5] quoted his work as "S Krishna in his comeback after 'Mungaru Male' in the direction of Yogaraj Bhat has no flaws."

He then collaborated with Duniya Soori for Kaddipudi starring Shivrajkumar and Radhika Pandit.

Gajakesari and afterwards[edit]

When he was at his peak of his career as a cinematographer he challenged himself to be a director. He directed Gajakesari starring Yash which broke all of the previous records of Yash thereby catapulting him as the next big star in the Kannada film industry. Gajakesari even won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Entertaining Film of the year 2014.

After Gajakesari Krishna took a break to work on his next project titled Hebbuli. Many big names of the industry were considered for the project like Darshan, Sudeep, Puneeth Rajkumar, Yash etc. Sudeep liked the script so much that he gave his consent to work in the project. Hebbuli brings back the successful duo of Maanikya, Ravichandran and Sudeep. Therefore, the expectations are riding very high on Hebbuli. The principal photography of the film is expected to start in April after Sudeep completes his shoot for K.S.Ravikumar's next.

Krishna recently wrapped up his portions of shoot as a cinematographer for Dwarakish's 50th production named Chowka. He's one of the 5 cinematographer's for the film which is being directed by debutant Tharun Sudhir, brother of famous director Nanda Kishore.

Personal life[edit]

Krishna is married to a well known Kannada television actress Swapna. They have a daughter and a son. He currently resides with his family in Bangalore.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

As director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2014 Gajakesari Kannada Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Entertaining Film of the year
2017 Hebbuli
Films that have not yet been released 2019 Pailwaan Post-production

As producer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
Films that have not yet been released 2019 Pailwaan Kannada RRR Motion Pictures

As Cinematographer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2003 Heart Beats
2004 Ranga SSLC
2005 Sree
2006 Mungaaru Male Won Karnataka State Award for Best Cinematographer
2007 Geleya
2008 Haage Summane Won Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
2009 Raaj the Showman
2009 Maleyali Jotheyali
2010 Appu Pappu
2011 Kempegowda
2011 Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam
2012 Lucky
2012 Jaanu
2012 Rambo
2012 Drama
2013 Kaddipudi
2017 Chowka


  • Karnataka State Government Award for Best Cinematographer in 2006 (Mungaru Male)
  • Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award for Haage Summane in 2008[6]
  • South Scope Award in 2009


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