Ravi Varman

Occupation:
Director, producer, Cinematographer
Awards:
Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award for Anniyan (2006), Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer for Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2007), ITFA Best Cinematographer Award for Dasavathaaram (2009)
Ravi Varman
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Ravi Varman, ISC, is a celebrated Director Of Photography of India. He has shot many award winning films in Indian languages of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English. Known for his realistic picturization and poetic framing sense, Ravi Varman began his career in Malayalam films. A well known writer in Tamil fiction and non fiction, he has also directed a romantic film in Tamil titled Moscowin Kavery.He also filmed the music video for the song "Bird Flu" by British Tamil songwriter M.I.A..

Early life

Ravi Varman was born in a village near Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. Varman lost his mother at a young age. Just before she died there was a wedding in his neighborhood and his mother’s image was accidentally captured by the wedding photographer in one of the photos. Varman went to the studio and asked for a picture to be enlarged and learnt what "out of focus" meant. Thus, he developed an interest in photography and grew up with a passion for watching movies – though at the time, he never considered working in film as a possible career.


Career

After working in Malayalam films since 1999 for three years, he worked in Bollywood for the film Yeh Dil in 2003. He later worked in the Telugu film Jai and received more offers in Hindi, such as Armaan, Bee Busthar, Ramji Londonwale, and Phir Milenge, as well as the Indian English film Five Five Four.

Though a Tamilian, it was not until 2004 when he started to work in Tamil films, with his first one being the critically acclaimed film, Autograph, directed by Cheran. He continued to work with popular directors as cinematographer in Tamil films, including S. Shankar's Anniyan, Gautham Menon's Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, K. S. Ravikumar's Dasavathaaramand Villu, which was directed by Prabhu Deva.


Awards and honours

* Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award for Anniyan (2006)
* Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer for Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu (2007)
* ITFA Best Cinematographer Award for Dasavathaaram (2009)