Natarajan Subramaniam

Natarajan Subramaniam
Born Natarajan Subramaniam
Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Cinematographer, Film Actor, producer
Years active 2001–present

Natarajan Subramanian, better known as Natty or Natraj, is an Indian cinematographer who has worked on Hindi,Tamil and Telugu films. He has also worked as an actor in Tamil films and achieved recognition through his performance as a conman in Sathuranga Vettai (2014).


Natarajan pursued an interest in photography and quit school at 18, choosing to take up a series of odd jobs to fund his interest rather than going through college. He worked as a still photographer at weddings, and then performed as a videographer at ceremonies. He briefly assisted cinematographer Vijayalakshmi but was unable to get a break in the film industry, so chose to work on documentaries instead, before venturing into work on commercials and music videos. He shot videos of the music band Euphoria's first album, and his work was well received.[1] He became acquainted with director Ram Gopal Varma and the pair discussed a film project which did not materialise, before he was recommended by Varma to Anurag Kashyap, whom he worked with for three Hindi projects - Last Train to Mahakali (1999), Paanch (2003), and Black Friday (2004). In between he had also worked for Tamil romanctic-comedy Youth (2002) starring Vijay, and had briefly agreed to be a part of AR Murugadoss's Ramanaa (2001), which he later opted out from.[1] Despite being active in Tamil films, he has chosen to prioritise work as a cinematographer in Hindi films, working on successful films including Jab We Met (2007), Golmaal Returns (2008) and Raanjhanaa (2013).[2]

Away from cinematography in big-budget Hindi films, Natarajan has embarked on an alternate career as an actor in small-budget Tamil films. He initially appeared in two films by his friend Uday Mahesh, Naalai (2006) and Chakkara Viyugam (2008), both of which went unnoticed at the box office but won positive acclaim for Natarajan's performances as an actor.[3] He starred in two further action-masala films aimed at the village and town audiences, Milaga (2010) and Muthukku Muthaaga (2011), which received similar lukewarm responses.[4] In 2014, Natarajan featured in the Tamil con film, Sathuranga Vettai directed by newcomer Vinoth and produced by Manobala. The film opened to positive reviews and became a surprise success at the box office, with a critic noting Natarajan "is brilliant as Gandhi Babu. He does his part with relish using his brains more than brawn with expressive body and eye language".[5]


As actor

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Youth Customer asking for Rani magazine uncredited
2006 Naalai Natty
2008 Chakkara Viyugam
2010 Milaga Azhagar
2011 Muthukku Muthaaga Raman
2014 Sathuranga Vettai Gandhi Babu
2014 Jeeva Man at Bar Special appearance in "Oru Rosa" song
2015 Katham Katham Pandian
2016 Enkitta Mothathe Filming
2016 Bongu Filming
2016 Santa Maria Filming
2016 Vada Mavane Filming

As cinematographer


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