Jeeva (director)

Date of Birth: September 21, 1963
Occupation:
Director, Cinematographer
Jeeva (director)
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Jeeva (21 September 1963 – 25 June 2007) was a popular cinematographer and film director in Tamil cinema. .1 Cinematographer cum director Jeeva had commenced his journey in the film industry as an assistant cameraman and worked his way up to his present position. Having worked with director Shankar in a few films, he ventured into direction with 12B. His subsequent films Ullam Ketkume and the recent release Unnale Unnale have earned accolades from all quarters. He has also worked in Bollywood films like Hulchul, Baghban and Hera Pheri, to name a few. He had established a unique and a stylish way of presentation which certainly stands out tall amidst his contemporaries. Jeeva was the still photographer in the much acclaimed Maniratnam's national hit, Bombay. Thanks to his photography, the film went on to create a lot of buzz. Although, he had established himself as a cinematographer of repute, he had heeded to Maniratnam's request and turned to still photography in Bombay.Shankar's first movie Gentleman was also the first major break for Jeeva as a cinematographer. His work was widely appreciated especially in the song sequences. His innovative camera work in the action scenes exalted him to the most sought-after cinematographer status in the industry.After Gentleman, Shankar and Jeeva came together once again for Kadhalan, which marked the debut of Prabhu Deva as a mainstream hero. Shankar used his creativity in the song sequences and Jeeva had a main role to play here. His contribution, especially in 'Urvasi' and 'Kadalikkum Pennin' songs is laudable. His creativity reached a high pitch in the Muquala song and in the Chidambaram Natyanjali scene wherein he used the crane to capture all the dancers dancing at the time - must must be seen to be believed. This time Shankar roped in Kamal Hassan and once again entrusted the camera to Jeeva. And needless to say, his confidence paid off as Jeeva's contribution to the success of the movie was noteworthy. The visual effects and camera work was widely appreciated in the 'Akkadanu Nanga' and 'Maya Machindra' numbers. The flashback sequences in black and white and the colorful 'Kappeleri Poyachu' song were extraordinary. Jeeva's matchless camera work in this S.J. Surya directed Ajith-Simran starrer film created a wave of excitement in Kodambakkam. It was a flawless effort and his innovative way of handling the camera in the 'Nilavai Konduva' and 'Hey Sona' songs, is still talked about in the industry. The scenes were so realistic in Khushi that the audience would feel themselves being transported to New Zealand. This was made possible through Jeeva's camera work and another worthy mention is 'Megam Karukuthu' song where rural elegance was shown with an aesthetic appeal. Madhavan and Meera Jasmine were at their best in Run thanks to Jeeva's camera angles. His work in the action sequences especially in the subway fight is worth a mention. Here is a run-through, down the memory lane, of his endeavors in Tamil film industry and is our humble homage to the talented young man who was sure to have taken the film industry to greater heights had the call from the Almighty not come too soon.