Ravi K. Chandran

Ravi K. Chandran
Born Maduranthakam, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Cinematographer, Film Director
Years active 1992—present
Title ISC
Website http://www.ravikchandran.com

Ravi K. Chandran is an Indian cinematographer.[1] He has frequently collaborated with leading Indian filmmakers like Priyadarshan, Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and A. R. Murugadoss. Ravi has won two Filmfare Awards and one Southern Filmfare Award during his career.


Ravi K. Chandran was born in the village Maduranthakam, Tamil Nadu as the youngest child. Following graduating from the A. M. Jain College in 1982, Ravi K. Chandran started his career in the film industry. In addition to this, he works as the Director of Photography of many music videos and ad films. He began his career by assisting his brother, K. Ramachandra Babu and later turned into an independent cinematographer in 1992 by filming Kilukkampetti, a Malayalam film directed by Shaji Kailas. Later he donned camera for a more Shaji Kailas directorials including Thalasthanam, Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans, Ekalavyan, Mafia and The King. His entry into Tamil cinema was in 1994 through Honest Raj starring Vijayakanth.

He has since worked as a cinematographer[2] on Tamil films as well as Hindi films.[3] Movies he has worked on as cinematographer includeVirasat (1997), Minsaara Kanavu (1997), Punaradhivasam (1999), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Citizen (2001), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Boys (2003), Aayitha Ezhuthu (2004), Yuva (2004), Paheli (2004), Black (2005), Fanaa (2006), Saawariya (2007) .Now he is planning to direct a Tamil film Yaan which features Jiiva as lead.[4]

Personal life

Ravi Chandran is the younger brother of K. Ramachandra Babu, who himself is a noted cinematographer.[5] He is married to Hemalata and currently resides in Chennai with his two sons.


As Director

Film Year Language Notes
Yaan 2014 Tamil

As Cinematographer

Film Year Language Notes
Arthana 1992 Malayalam
Kilukkampetti 1992 Malayalam
Thalasthanam 1992 Malayalam
Maanthrika Cheppu 1992 Malayalam
Priyappetta Kukkoo 1992 Malayalam
Sthalathe Pradhana Payyans 1993 Malayalam
Ekalavyan 1993 Malayalam
Mafia 1993 Malayalam
Injakkadan Mathai & Sons 1993 Malayalam
Customs Diary 1993 Malayalam
Honest Raj 1994 Tamil
Aksharam 1995 Malayalam
The King 1995 Malayalam
Virasat 1997 Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
Minsaara Kanavu 1997 Tamil Co-cinemtographer
Kabhi Na Kabhi 1998 Hindi
Major Saab 1998 Hindi
Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu 1999 Malayalam
Snip! 2000 Hindi
Kandukondain Kandukondain 2000 Tamil
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya 2000 Hindi
Citizen 2000 Tamil
Dil Chahta Hai 2001 Hindi Nominated - Star Screen Award for Best Cinematography
Kannathil Muthamittal 2002 Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
ITFA Best Cinematographer Award
Mujhse Dosti Karoge! 2002 Hindi
Calcutta Mail 2003 Hindi Nominated - Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography
Koi... Mil Gaya 2003Hindi
Boys 2003 Tamil
Aayitha Ezhuthu 2004 Tamil
Black 2005 Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer
Yahaan 2005 Hindi
Paheli 2005 Hindi
Fanaa 2006 Hindi
Saawariya 2007 Hindi
Firaaq 2008 Hindi
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi 2008Hindi German Public Bollywood Award for Best Cinematography
Ghajini 2008 Hindi
My Name Is Khan 2010 Hindi
Anjaana Anjaani 2010 Hindi
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl 2011 Hindi For One Song
7aum Arivu 2011 Tamil
Baar Baar Dekho 2016 Hindi
OK Jaanu 2017 Hindi
Maheshbabu-Koratala Siva movie#Mahesh24 2017 Telugu

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards/Filmfare Awards South
Star Screen Awards
Zee Cine Awards


  1. "Ravi K Chandran's Moroccan dreams". indiatimes.com. 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  2. "Why ace cinematographer Ravi K Chandran turned director". rediff.com. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  3. "Ravi K. Chandran". www.sify.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  4. http://www.ifilmish.com/ravi-k-chandrans-interest-on-direction/
  5. Subramanian, Karthik (2011-10-29). "Fame by frame". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
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