Santosh Sivan

Santosh Sivan

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Santosh Sivan Profile

  • Name:
  • Santosh Sivan
  • Born:
  • March 8, 1964
  • Father:
  • Sivan
  • Education:
  • Graduation from the Film and Television Institute of India

  • Hobbies:
  • Traveling

  • Awards:
  • National Film Award for Best Cinematography for the films Dil Se, Iruvar, Kalapani and Perumthachan

    National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for The Terrorist and Navarasa

    National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Cinematography for Mohiniyattam

    National Film Award for Best Children’s Film for Halo

    National Film Award for Best Educational/Motivational/Instructional Film for Prarambha


    Kerala State Film Awards for Best Cinematography for Aham, Kalapani, Anandabhadram and Pavithram

    Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Cinematography for Thalapathi and Roja


    Filmfare Awards for Best Cinematography for Dil Se.. and Asoka and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie for Halo


    International Awards for the film Malli in 1998


    Best Director and Golden Pyramid Awards at Cairo International Film Festival

    Adult’s Jury Award for Feature Film and Video at Chicago International Film Festival

    Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles


    International Awards for the film The Terrorist


    Grand Jury Prize and Lino Brocka Award for Best Film at Cinemanila International Film Festival

    Poznan Goat for Best Director at Ale Kino International Young Audience Film Festival

    Panorama Jury Prize for Honorable Mention at Sarajevo Film Festival


    Emerging Masters Showcase Award at Seattle International Film Festival Awards in 2000

    Grand Award for Best Theatrical Feature at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival for Before The Rains in 2008

Santosh Sivan Biography

Santhosh Sivan is an Indian cinematographer and film director who concentrates in Tamil and Malayalam film industry. He is an excellent cinematographer and has won many awards for his extensive work in Indian film industry.


He was born on 8th March 1964 in Trivandrum in Kerala. He belongs to a family of artists. His father used to make documentary films and he used to accompany his father to many remote areas of South India. In his childhood days, he used to listen to the stories of his grandmother who introduced him to the great paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. He is the elder brother of director Sanjiv Sivan and younger brother of Sangeeth Sivan. He is married with two children.


After getting his graduation from the Film and Television Institute of India, he has directed more than 45 feature films and 41 documentary films. He serves as the founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers. He served as the Jury of the Busan Film Festival. His films like Halo, Ashoka, Tahaan, The Terrorist, Malli, Prarambha and Navarasa received worldwide acclaim.


He has also shot advertisements for popular brands like BPL, Cadbury, Pepsi, Videocon, Santro, Lays, Voltas, Indian Express, Maruti Alto, Kerala Tourism, Bhima Jewelry, etc. Some of the films that he has directed include Urumi, Tahaan, Prarambha, Anandabhadram, Navarasa, Asoka, Malli, Halo, The Terrorist, Story of Tiblu, etc.


Some of the films for which he has worked as cinematographer include Perumthachan, Roja, Aham, Yodha, Nimayam, Barsaat, Kalapani, Iruvar, Dil Se, Vanaprastham, Fiza, Asoka, Bride and Prejudice, Raavanan, Urumi, Thuppakki, etc. He also has acted in the lead role in the film Makaramanju. He is the first one in Asia Pacific to receive the American Society of Cinematographers membership. He has won 11 National Awards and 16 International Award a rare honor to be achieved by any Indian.

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Updated: May 27, 2018


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