Sudeep Chatterjee

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Sudeep Chatterjee
Alma materFTII
OccupationDirector of Photography Cinematographer
Years active1995 – present
Known forPadmaavat, Bajirao Mastani
Children2(Ishika Chatterjee & Ishaan Chaterjee)

Sudeep Chatterjee is an Indian cinematographer of Hindi films, most known for his work in films like Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Chotushkone, Dhoom 3, Guzaarish, Chak De India, Dor, Iqbal etc.

Early life and education[edit]

Chatterjee was born and raised in Kolkata. After he passed class 10 his father gave him a camera, which in time provided him with a career direction. After he finished his schooling he joined an engineering college, but after only eight months he left it to join the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, where he studied cinematography.[1]


After graduating from Film and Television Institute of India, he started his career in Kolkata making advertisements and documentaries, eventually after two years, filmmaker Anjan Dutt offered him Bada Din (1997), a Hindi film starring Shabana Azmi. Thereafter he shifted based to Mumbai and started working TV series and commercials for a year before he shot Ram Gopal Verma's Road (2002).

Soon was working in film across genres, action, thriller and drama, and his in Salman Khan starrer, Lucky: No Time for Love (2005), where he shot the picturesque locales of Russia, followed by Nagesh Kukunoor's successive films Iqbal (2005) and Dor (2006), and Jaan e Mann (2005) got him attention,[2] and he got to do Chak De! India (2007) directed by Shimit Amin, where he grained and desaturated the film, and shot almost 80% of the movie with a hand-held camera, eventually winning him accolades and the 2008 Filmfare, IIFA and Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography]] amongst others.[1] His next important work was in Bengali film, Kaalpurush (2008), directed by acclaimed film director of Bengali cinema, Buddhadev Dasgupta, and starring Mithun Chakraborty and Rahul Bose, the film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film.

In 2010 came Guzaarish directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Hritik Roshan and Ashwariya Rai, Sudeep had previously apprenticed with Sanjay, also a fellow FTII student, in 1942: A Love Story, where he was the song director.[3] Guzaarish Won IIFA, Screen, and Apsara award for best Cinematography.

He followed it up with the big budget super successful entertainer Dhoom 3 (2013) and Chotushkone (2014) for which he won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Cinematography.

Chatterjee followed up with his second consecutive National award in 2015 with the highly acclaimed Bajirao Mastani directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

He is presently a member of the Advisory Board of the Kautik International Student Film Festival[4]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Result Ref.
2008 Chak De! India Zee Cine Award Won
Filmfare Award Won
IIFA Award Won
2011 Guzaarish Won
Screen Award Won
Apsara Award Won
2014 Chotushkone National Award Won [5]
2015 Bajirao Mastani Won
Filmfare Award Won
Screen Award Won
IIFA Award Won
Apsara Award Won


  1. ^ a b "Unknown stars: Sudeep Chatterjee, Cinematographer". CNN-IBN. 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Sudeep Chatterjee - a cinematographer with variety". 9 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Guzaarish: Bong creation". The Telegraph. 15 November 2010.
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  5. ^ "62nd National Film Awards: List of Winners". NDTV. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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