Santosh Thundiyil

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Santosh Thundiyil
Born Changanassery, Kerala, India
Alma mater Film and Television Institute of India
Occupation Cinematographer

Santosh Thundiyil is one of the most celebrated and famous contemporary Indian cinematographers, with more than six block busters and lots of artistic films in his profile. He is best known for films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Devadoothan (2000), Krrish (2006), Pinjar (2003), Rowdy Rathore (2012) and Jai Ho (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Santosh grew up in the town of Changanacherry in Kerala.[1] He was a student of Sacred Heart English Medium School and graduated in chemistry from St. Berchman's College, Changanacherry. Santosh did his post graduate diploma in cinematography from the prestigious FTII, Pune in India in 1994.[1] As a student, he was selected for representing Asia in the second European seminar for student directors of photography conducted in the National Film School,Hungary in Budapest, under Oscar-winning British Cinematographer billy williams (Gandhi) Dean Cundey.


Santosh, who has assisted renowned directors of photography like Govind Nihlani, Venu and Binod Pradhan, also has a number of commercials and documentary films to his credit. He is trained under Oscar winning Billy Williams (Gandhi) and Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park)[1][2] representing the country in the second European Seminar for Student Directors of Photography. Now as he continues his profession he is also a visiting Professor in countless prestigious National Institutes like Indian Institute of Technology,MUMBAI (IIT MUMBAI) and Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (FTII, Pune).


Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmfare Award

Asianet Film Awards


  1. ^ a b c "Cinema : Keralite behind the `Krrish' magic". The Hindu. July 21, 2006. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Santosh Thundiyil speaks on life and movies". Oneindia Entertainment. January 25, 2007. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 

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