Soundararajan (cinematographer)

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Born (1976-08-29) 29 August 1976 (age 46)
Uthiramerur, Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materLoyola College
Spouse(s)Anusha Soundar
RelativesVijay Rathinam (Brother)

Soundar Rajan is an Indian cinematographer who has worked in the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film industries.

Early life[edit]

Soundar Rajan was born in Uthiramerur, Tamil Nadu to Saranathan and Chandra. His childhood days were spent in Kancheepuram. He graduated with Bachelor's degree in Visual Communications from Loyola College.


Soundar Rajan completed a degree in Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai before approaching P. C. Sreeram for work experience. Sreeram recommended him to K. V. Anand, who accepted him as an assistant, and they subsequently worked on films including Nerukku Ner (1997), Mudhalvan (1999) and Josh (2000), before continuing as an apprentice till Khakee (2004). Soundar Rajan made his debut as a lead cinematographer with Sukran (2005), before going on to work on Kana Kandaen (2005), directed by his mentor K. V. Anand.[1] He was also given an opportunity by director Shankar to shoot Chimbu Deven's Arai En 305-il Kadavul (2008).[2]

He is an acclaimed ad film cinematographer with more than 3000 ad films to his credit. He has since worked on Telugu films including the fantasy film, Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011), where he worked extensively on visual effects for the first time. Soundar Rajan also then continued work on Tamil films including a collaboration with Anand again in Maattrraan (2012), where Suriya portrayed conjoined twins and the crew used up to five different techniques to get the desired illusion on screen.[3] He also won critical acclaim for his work in the bilingual Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (2014) for his depiction of a fictional hill town.[4][5] In 2017, he won critical acclaim for his work in Lakshman's action film Bogan.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Soundar Rajan married Anusha on 11 December 2005. They have two children.[citation needed]


As cinematographer[edit]

Movie Year Language Director Notes
2005 Sukran Tamil S.A. Chandrasekhar
2005 Kana Kandaen Tamil K. V. Anand
2006 Aathi Tamil Ramana
2008 Arai En 305-il Kadavul Tamil Chimbu Deven
2009 Billa Telugu Meher Ramesh
2010 Bale Pandiya Tamil Siddharth Chandrasekhar
2011 Anaganaga O Dheerudu Telugu Prakash Kovelamudi
2012 Maattrraan Tamil K. V. Anand
2014 Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram/Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Malayalam
Balaji Mohan
2015 Isai Tamil S. J. Suryah
2015 Romeo Juliet Tamil [[Lakshman]]
2015 Bengal Tiger Telugu Sampath Nandi
2017 Bogan Tamil [[Lakshman]]
2017 Goutham Nanda Telugu Sampath Nandi
2018 Paper Boy Telugu V. Jayashankarr
2019 Charlie Chaplin 2 Tamil Sakthi Chidambaram
2019 High Priestess Tamil Web series
2021 Seetimaarr Telugu Sampath Nandi
2022 Odela Railway Station Telugu Direct streaming release on Aha
2023 NKR 19 Telugu
TBA Devil Telugu

As guest cinematographer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2007 Billa Tamil Chase sequence
2007 Sivaji: The Boss Tamil
2008 Velli Thirai Tamil Song: Thaiyya Thaiyya
2011 Engeyum Kadhal Tamil Song: Thee Ilai
2016 Saagasam Tamil Song: Desi Girl
2022 Godfather Telugu

As associate cinematographer[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
1997 Nerukku Ner Tamil
1998 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Hindi
1999 Mudhalvan Tamil
2000 Josh Hindi
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Hindi Remake of Mudhalvan
2002 Virumbugiren Tamil
2002 The Legend of Bhagat Singh Hindi
2004 Khakee Hindi

As actor[edit]

Behind the Scenes[edit]


  1. ^ "My film should be logical". Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Soundarrajan - Tamil Cinema Director Interview - Soundarrajan -". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Events - Maatraan Special - Cameraman Soundararajan -". Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Movie Review : Vaayai Moodi Pesavum". 26 April 2014. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Tamil film wrestles with social issues". Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  6. ^ M, Ramakrishnan (4 February 2017). "Through the eyes of a lensman". Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  7. ^ Raghavan, Nikhil (28 February 2015). "Learning the shots". The Hindu.

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