#2: 1999

 

   


SANTOSH SIVAN   ISC/ASC

 

Born: 8 February 1964, Thiruvananthapuram [also known by its anglicized name Trivandrum], Kerala, India, as the son of a doc filmmaker.

Education: Loyola School, Trivandrum; Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum; Film and Television Institute of India, Pune [graduated in 1984].

Career: Ph music videos.

Founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers [ISC] in December 1995. Became a member of the ASC in 2012.

Formed the prod company 'HandMade Films' with Sunil Doshi.

Also active as director [see below].

His brothers Sanjiv and Sangeeth are film dir.

The prod of 'Asoka' was documented in the book 'The Making of Asoka - A Santosh Sivan Picture' written by Mushtaq Shiekh.

Awards: As doph: National Award 'Best Cinematography' [1990] for 'Perumthachan' & 'Mohiniyattam'; Filmfare Award [1995] for 'Barsaat'; Filmfare Award [1998] for 'Dil Se'; Filmfare Award [2001] & International Indian Film Academy 'Award for Technical Excellence' [2002] for 'Asoka'; Screen Weekly 'Screen' Award [2005] & Zee Cine Technical Award nom [2005] for 'Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities'.

As dir: Cairo IFF 'Best Director' [1998], Chicago International Children's FF 'Adult's Jury Award' 2nd place [1999] & Independent Spirit Award 'Best Foreign Film' nom [2001] for 'Malli'; Seattle IFF 'Emerging Masters Showcase Award' [2000]; Ale Kino! – International Young Audience FF 'Poznan Goat' for 'Best Director' [2000] & Sarajevo FF 'Panorama Jury Award' Honorable Mention [2000] for 'The Terrorist'; Filmfare Award 'Best Director' & 'Best Film' nom [2002] & Screen Weekly 'Screen' Award nom [2002] for 'Asoka'.

Website: Santosh Sivan


Santosh Sivan on 'The Terrorist' [1997]: 'The film is made on a very low budget, in fact, nothing at all. And it is all acted by purely non-professionals. I want to make films that are very real, even though I make my bread and butter shooting commercial musical films, but when I want to make a film, I want to make it as real and as interesting as possible. So I have made it without those entertainment elements like fights, songs and all that, so you can do what you want. That freedom I get only when we make such films on a small budget, and say something. [...] I'm a professional cinematographer. It was filmed in 17 days, that's all we took. It was done in Madras. And a little bit in Kerala. I studied film. I'm very well known as a cinematographer. I made one film before, for children. Now I'm making another film for children. I wanted to do this film, so I said, I'll make a very serious film. I want to make quite a few more films, on my terms, which I will definitely get around to making.' [From interview with David Walsh on the World Socialist Web Site, October 1998.]


 

 FILMS

1987

Oru Maymasappularayil [V.R. Gopinath] c; 151m

1988

The Story of Tiblu [Santosh Sivan] ?; short/?m

1988

Kandathum Kettathum [Balachandra Menon] c

1988

Kadal Theerathu/On the Seashore [T. Rajeevnath] c

1988

David David Mr. David [Viji Thampi] c

1989

Raakh/Ashes [Aditya Bhattacharya] c; 153m

1989

No: 20 Madras Mail [Joshi] c; 177m; cph: Anandakuttan & Jayanan Vincent

1989

New Year [Viji Thampi] ?

1989

Midhya [I.V. Sasi] c

1989

Kaalal Pada [Viji Thampi] ?

1990

Vyooham/Vyuham [Sangeeth Sivan] c

1990

Varthamana Kalam [I.V. Sasi] c

1990

Indrajalam [Thampi Kannathanam] ?

1990

Doctor Pasupathy [Shaji Kailas] c

1990

Mohiniyattam [Santosh Sivan (?)] c; dance doc/?m

1990

Perunthachan/The Master Carpenter [Ajayan] c

1990

Sunday 7.P.M. [Shaji Kailas] ?

1990

Abhayam/Shelter [(Sangeeth) Sivan] c; also Hindi version titled 'Main Phir Aaunga'; for Children's Film Society India

1991

Thalapathi/Dal-pati [Mani Ratnam] c

1991

Indira [Nripen Mohla] c

1992

Daddy [Sangeeth Sivan] c

1992

Aham [T. Rajeevnath] c

1992

Yodha/Ashokan/Dharam Yodha [Sangeeth Sivan] c

1992

Roja/The Rose [Mani Ratnam] scope/c

1993

Gandharvam [Sangeeth Sivan] c; 155m

1993

Rudaali/The Mourner [Kalpana Lazmi] c; cph: Dharam Gulati

1993

Gardish [Priyadarshan] c

1993

Johny [Sangeeth Sivan] ?

1994

Pavithram [Rajeev Kumar] c

1995

Nirnnayam [Sangeeth Sivan] c; 165m

1995

Barsaat [Rajkumar Santoshi] c

1995

Indira/Priyanka [Suhasini Mani Ratnam] c; 143m

1995

Kalaa Paani/Kalapani/Saza-E-Kala Pani/Sirai Chaalai [Priyadarshan] c

1996

Pukar/The Call [Rajkumar Santoshi] c; cph: Baba Azmi & Ashok Mehta

1996

Iruvar/Iddaru/The Duo [Mani Ratnam] b&w-c; 118m & 140m

1996

Darmiyan [Kalpana Lazmi] c

1996

Halo [Santosh Sivan] c; + scrpl; for Children's Film Society India

1997

Aastha/Aastha in the Prison of Spring [Basu Bhattacharya] c; cph: Khokon Bhaduri

1997

The Terrorist/Theeviravaathi [Santosh Sivan] c: + co-scrpl; see above

1997

Vaanaprastham/Vanaprastham/The Last Dance/Pilgrimage [Shaji Karun] scope/c; cph: Renato Berta

1998

Dil Se.../Prema Tho/Uyire/From the Heart [Mani Ratnam] s35/c; 163m

1998

Malli [Santosh Sivan] c; for Children's Film Society India

1999

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani [Aziz Mirza] c

1999

Fiza [Khalid Mohamed] scope/b&w-c

2000

Marudha Naayagam [Kamala Haasan] c

2001

Asoka/Ashoka the Great [Santosh Sivan & (assoc dir) Vishnu Vardhan] Hawk Scope/c; director's cut (158m) & producer's version (180m); + co-scrpl

2002

Tehzeeb [Khalid Mohamed] scope/c; 143m

2003

Bride and Prejudice - A Bollywood Musical [Gurinder Chadha] scope/c; aph: Adam Dale

2003

Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities [M.F. Hussain & (assoc dir) Owais Hussain] c

2003

Prithvi [Santosh Sivan] first project of HandMade Films; status unknown

2004

Aparichithan/The Stranger [Sanjiv Sivan] c

2004

Silsiilay [Khalid Mohamed] c; 134m; collab doph: Aseem Bajaj

2005

The Mistress of Spices [Paul Mayeda Berges] c

2005

Navarasa/Nine Emotions [Santosh Sivan] c; + co-prod/scrpl; prod HandMade Films

2005

Anandabhadram [Santosh Sivan] c; 130m; assoc ph: Manoj Pillai

2006

Before the Rains/Road to the Sky [Santosh Sivan] c; 2uc: Alphonse Roy

2007

Prarambha/The Beginning [Santosh Sivan] scope/c; short/14m; ep of 4-part series on AIDS awareness; other ep: 'Migration' dir by Mira Nair, 'Blood Brothers' dir by Vishal Bhardwaj & 'Positive' dir by Farhan Akhtar; prod Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 

"Tahaan"

 

2007

Tahaan [- a boy with a grenade] [Santosh Sivan] scope/c; + co-scrpl

2008

Raavanan [Mani Ratnam] scope/c; Tamil-language version; cph: V. Manikandan (replaced by S. Sivan); also Hindi-language version 'Raavan'; filmed 2008-09

2009

Pehla Sitara/Majra [Owais Husain] c; filmed 2009-10

2010

Tatvä - Nature's Elements [Santosh Sivan] HD (Sony PMW-F3)/c; promotional short/3m; cph: Alphonse Roy & Anjuli Shukla; prod for Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

2010

Urumi [: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco Da Gama] [Santosh Sivan] HD (Canon EOS 5D)+?-to-?/c; 160m; + co-prod; also Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and English versions

2011

Thuppakki/Gun [A.R. Murugadoss] HD (ARRI ALEXA + Weisscam HS-2)/c; 165m; ph Switzerland: 'Nutty' (= Nataraja Subramanian); Tamil-language version; there's also a Telugu-dubbed version; filmed 2011-12

2012

Rangrezz [Priyadarshan] RED Epic/c; 144m; 2uc: Divakar Mani

2013

Inam/Ceylon [Santosh Sivan] RED Epic & Scarlet+HD (GoPro)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; 2uc: Divakar Mani; + co-prod/co-scrpl

2013

Anjaan/Sikandar/Khatamak Khiladi 2 [N. Linguswamy & Suresh] RED Epic Dragon (scope)/c; 166m; filmed 2013-14

2015

Lies We Tell [Mitu Misra] HD (ARRI ALEXA) scope/c

2016

Woyzeck [Santosh Sivan] c

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1988

The Story of Tiblu [short; + ph] see Films

1990

Mohiniyattam [doc; + ph] see Films

1996

Halo [children's film; + scrpl/ph] see Films

1997

The Terrorist/Theeviravaathi [+ co-scrpl/ph] see Films

1998

Malli [children's film; + ph] see Films

2001

Asoka/Ashoka the Great [+ co-scrpl/ph] see Films

2003

Prithvi [+ ph] see Films

2005

Navarasa/Nine Emotions [+ ph] see Films

 

[Center] dir "Anandabhadram"

 

2005

Anandabhadram [+ ph] see Films

2006

Before the Rains/Road to the Sky [+ ph] see Films

2007

Prarambha/The Beginning [short; + ph] see Films

2007

Wedding Party [feature for BBC Films] announced

2007

Tahaan [+ co-scrpl/ph] see Films

2010

Tatvä - Nature's Elements [short; + cph] see Films

2010

Urumi [: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco Da Gama] [+ co-prod/ph] see Films

2013

Inam/Ceylon [+ co-prod/co-scrpl/ph] see Films

2016

Woyzeck [+ ph] see Films

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1998

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai/Something Is Happening [Karan Johar] co-thanks; ph: Santosh Thundiiayil

2009

Makaramanju [Lenin Rajendran; feature] actor (as Raja Ravi Varma); ph: Madhu Ambat; filmed 2009 & July 2010