Santosh Sivan (born 8 February 1964) is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer and actor known for his works in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi cinema. Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and has to date completed 55 feature films and 50 documentaries. He is regarded as one of India's finest and best cinematographers. He Has Won Twelve National Film Awards, Six Filmfare Awards, Four Kerala State Film Awards and Three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards respectively.
Santosh, a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers and the most awarded Director of Photography in India, graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries.
As a director, Santosh won his first National Award in 1988 for the Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honoured at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Children's Film and Best Sound.
Santosh became the first cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to join the American Society of Cinematographers membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards, and 21 international awards for his works. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema in 2014.
Late 1999s and present
In an interview, he said that some films he chose, not mostly because of the story but due to the very fact that he was comfortable with the director, a bigger pay cut and friendship things.
His 2007 release Prarambha won the National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film at the 55th National Film Awards.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Oru Maymasa Pulariyil||Yes||Malayalam|
|1988||Story of Tiblu||Yes||National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film|
|1988||David David Mr. David||Yes||Malayalam|
|Sunday 7 PM||Yes||Malayalam|
|No.20 Madras Mail||Yes||Malayalam||Second Unit Cameraman|
|Appu||Yes||Malayalam||Shot first schedule|
|1991||Perumthachan||Yes||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1992||Roja||Yes||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer|
|Aham||Yes||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1995||Barsaat||Yes||Hindi||Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography|
|1995||Indira||Yes||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer|
|1996||Kalapani||Yes||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography
|1996||Halo||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||National Film Award for Best Children's Film|
|1997||Iruvar||Yes||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
|1998||Dil Se..||Yes||Hindi||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography
|1998||The Terrorist||Yes||Yes||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil|
|1998||Malli||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation|
|1999||Vanaprastham||Yes||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography – South|
|2000||Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani||Yes||Hindi|
|2001||Asoka||Yes||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography|
|2004||Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities||Yes||Hindi||Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography|
|Bride and Prejudice||Yes||English|
|2005||Anandabhadram||Yes||Yes||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|Navarasa||Yes||Yes||Yes||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil|
|The Mistress of Spices||Yes||English|
National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film
|2007||Before the Rains||Yes||Yes||Yes||English & Malayalam|
|2008||Tahaan||Yes||Yes||Hindi||Best feature film award, CIFEJ Award (Centre International du Film pour l' Enfant et la Jeunesse)|
UNICEF Award at 11th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece
|Urumi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Malayalam||Best Director at the Imagine India International Film Festival, Madrid|
|Indian Rupee||Yes||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam|
|2017||The Great Father||Yes||Malayalam|
|Spyder||Yes||Telugu & Tamil||Debut in Telugu cinema.|
|2018||Chekka Chivantha Vaanam||Yes||Tamil|||
|2022||Jack N' Jill||Yes||Yes||Malayalam|
|2023||Mumbaikar||Yes||Hindi||Remake of Maanagaram|
|2022||Barroz: Guardian of D' Gama's Treasure||Yes||Malayalam|
|2023||Moha||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||English||Official selection for International film festival rotterdam 2023|
|2011||Makaramanju||Raja Ravi Varma||Malayalam|
|2012||Thuppakki||Tamil||Special appearance in the song "Google Google"|
|2014||Civilian honours||Padma Shri||Art - Film|||
|1988||Story of Tiblu||English||National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film||Short film|
|1990||Perumthachan||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1991||Mohiniyattam||National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography||Short film|
|1995||Kalapani||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|1996||Halo||Hindi||National Film Award for Best Children's Film||Director|
|1998||The Terrorist||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil|
|1998||Malli||National Film Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation|
|1997||Iruvar||National Film Award for Best Cinematography|
|2004||Navarasa||Tamil||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil||Director|
|2008||Prarambha||Kannada||National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film||Short film|
|2011||Indian Rupee||Malayalam||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Malayalam||Co-producer|
- 1992 – Aham – Best Cinematography (Colour)
- 1994 – Pavithram – Best Cinematography
- 1996 – Kalapani – Best Cinematography
- 2005 – Anandabhadram – Best Cinematography
- 1992 – Roja – Best Cinematography
- 1996 – Indira – Best Cinematography
- 2010 – Raavanan – Best Cinematography
- 1995 – Barsaat – Best Cinematography
- 1998 – Dil Se.. – Best Cinematography
- 2000 – Halo – Best Film (Critics)
- 2001 – Asoka – Best Cinematography
- Filmfare Awards South
- 1997 – Iruvar – Best Cinematographer – South
- 1999 – Vanaprastham – Best Cinematographer – South
- IIFA Awards
- 2002 – Asoka – IFFA Best Cinematographer Award
- 2005 – Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities – Best Cinematography
- 1998 – The Terrorist – Best Director at Cairo International Film Festival
- 1998 – The Terrorist – Golden Pyramid at Cairo International Film Festival
- 1999 – Malli – Adult's Jury Award for Feature Film and Video (second place) at Chicago International Film Festival
- 1999 – The Terrorist – Grand Jury Prize at Cinemanila International Film Festival
- 1999 – The Terrorist – Lino Brocka Award for Best Film at Cinemanila International Film Festival
- 2000 – Malli– Poznan Goat for Best Director at 18th Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival
- 2000 – The Terrorist – Panorama Jury Prize for Honorable Mention at Sarajevo Film Festival
- 2000 – Malli – Emerging Masters Showcase Award at Seattle International Film Festival Awards
- 2004 – Malli – Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
- 2005 – Navarasa – Monaco International Film Festival (Monaco)
- Won – Best Supporting Actor – Bobby Darling
- Won – Angel Independent Spirit Award – Navarasa – Santosh Sivan
- 2008 – Before the Rains – Grand Award for Best Theatrical Feature at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival
- 2008 – Before the Rains – Crystal Kodak award for best cinematography.
- 2009 – Tahaan won a High Commendation in Children's Feature Film section at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
- 2001 – The Terrorist – Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film
- 2001 – The Terrorist – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- ^ "Santosh Sivan".
- ^ "Santhosh Sivan's son to essay a part in Anoop Sathyan directorial 'Varane Avashyamund' - Times of India". The Times of India.
- ^ Gulzar, Govind; Nihalani, Saiba (2003). "Biography: Sivan, Santhosh". Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Encyclopædia Britannica (India). p. 633. ISBN 81-7991-066-0.
- ^ "ഛായാഗ്രാഹകന് ചരിത്രമെഴുതുകയാണ് , Interview - Mathrubhumi Movies". Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- ^ "Simbu's next Kettavan just got bigger, ace lensman Santosh Sivan joins the team". 3 August 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ "'Lies We Tell' filmed by Santosh Sivan set to release on February 2 next year". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ "Santosh Sivan: First Indian to get ASC membership". Yahoo. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
- ^ "Santosh Sivan filming his next international film in Britain". The Indian Express. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ "After fifth Hollywood film, Santosh Sivan takes a break". The Indian Express. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ Menon, Vishal (19 August 2017). "Greener than the greenest grass: Santosh Sivan and 'Roja'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ "Santosh Sivan's controversial film Inam to release on OTT - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
- ^ "Santosh Sivan excited about next film". 10 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ The Hindu Net Desk (9 February 2018). "'Chekka Chivantha Vaanam': Mani Ratnam's next film has a rich ensemble cast". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ Ians (10 July 2017). "Mani Ratnam, Santhosh Sivan team up for sixth time". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- ^ "Padma awardees 2014". The Times of India. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram alumni
- Malayalam film directors
- Film directors from Thiruvananthapuram
- 1964 births
- Living people
- Film and Television Institute of India alumni
- Tamil film cinematographers
- Kerala State Film Award winners
- Malayalam film cinematographers
- Tamil Nadu State Film Awards winners
- Malayalam film producers
- Best Cinematography National Film Award winners
- Recipients of the Padma Shri in arts
- Filmfare Awards South winners
- 20th-century Indian film directors
- Filmfare Awards winners
- Film producers from Thiruvananthapuram
- 21st-century Indian film directors
- Screenwriters from Thiruvananthapuram
- 20th-century Indian dramatists and playwrights
- 21st-century Indian dramatists and playwrights
- 20th-century Indian photographers
- 21st-century Indian photographers
- 21st-century Indian male actors
- Male actors from Thiruvananthapuram
- Male actors in Malayalam cinema
- Male actors in Tamil cinema
- Indian male film actors
- Cinematographers from Kerala
- Directors who won the Best Children's Film National Film Award
- Directors who won the Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation National Film Award