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R. Velraj
Rajamani Velrajan

(1969-10-21) 21 October 1969 (age 50)
Thirunagar Madurai, Tamilnadu, India
OccupationFilm Director, Cinematographer
Years active2003-present
Known forcinematography , direction & cast
Parent(s)Rajamani & papamal

R. Velraj is an Indian Cinematographer , director and writer who primarily works in Tamil, Hindi cinema. He is well known for his camera works in rural subjects and also movies like Asuran, Vellai Illa Pattadhari, Aadukalam,Vada Chennai ,Kadaikutty Singam Komban,Engayum Epothum ,Power PandiEtc:

Personal life[edit]

Rajamani Velraj was born in a village called Koothiyar Kundu near Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He did his school in PKN Boys Higher Secondary School (Tirumangalam), and college in Madurai Sourastra College.[1] Married and have two sons


At his early stage, he was associated with cinematographer Tirru and worked in several Tamil films as assistant cinematographers like Aalavandhan etc., After working with actor Dhanush in Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram, Dhanush recommended Velraj for his next film polladhavan directed by Vetrimaran . He won the Vijay awards : Best cinematographer in 2007 and after that he even worked in Aadukalam for which he got several awards . His first directional debut was Vellai Illa Pattadhari in which Dhanush and Amala Paul did the lead role and followed by Anirudh as the music director . It was a huge success of the year . Velraj won several awards for best debut director . He have worked mainly in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films including Polladhavan, Aadukalam, Kandahar and Engeyum Eppodhum.


As Cinematographer[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
2002 23rd March 1931: Shaheed Hindi Ra Operator
2003 Supari Hindi
2006 Phir Hera Pheri Hindi
2007 Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram Tamil
Polladhavan Tamil Winner, Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer
2008 Kabhi Bhi Kahin Bhi Hindi
Malabar Wedding Malayalam
2010 Kandahar Malayalam Collaborated with Ravi Varman
2011 Aadukalam Tamil Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
Winner, Vikatan Award For Best Cinematographer

(Cameo appearance)

Siruthai Tamil
Engeyum Eppodhum Tamil Winner, Vikatan Award For Best Cinematographer
2012 3 Tamil
Savaari Kannada
Leelai Tamil
2013 Naan Rajavaga Pogiren Tamil
Ethir Neechal Tamil
Udhayam NH4 Tamil (cinematography)
Naiyaandi Tamil
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Tamil Director (Cameo appearance)
Poriyaalan Tamil (Cameo appearance)
2015 Komban Tamil (Cameo appearance)
Vai Raja Vai Tamil
Paayum Puli Tamil (Cameo appearance)
Thanga Magan Tamil Director (Cameo appearance)
2016 Pugazh Tamil Cinematographer (Cameo appearance)
Marudhu Tamil Cinematographer
2017 Power Paandi Tamil Cinematographer (Cameo appearance)
2018 Kadaikutty Singam Tamil Cinematographer (Cameo appearance)
Vada Chennai Tamil Cinematographer (Cameo appearance)
2019 Dev Tamil Cinematographer
Asuran Tamil Cinematographer (cameo appearance)
Sangathamizhan Tamil Cinematographer

As Director[edit]

Year Title Language Notes
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Tamil Winner, Edison Award for Best Debut Director
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Cameo as Traffic Police
2015 Thangamagan Tamil Cameo as Ramalingam



  1. ^ and has two sons , Template:Sanjai and Karthi Saravanan, T. (31 July 2014). "Cinema cinema!". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ "The 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011(South)". 8 July 2012.

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