High honors for Santosh Sivan

The extraordinarily talented South Asian cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan, who brought us movies of the caliber of  Asoka, Dil Se, The Terrorist, Meenaxi: tale of 3 cities, Raavan (photography), Fiza, Before the Rains,  Mistress of Spices, was honored by being awarded membership to the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers. Well-deserved!  He creates sheer magic.



Dil Se


The Terrorist


Meenaxi: tale of 3 cities

gurls, if your heart stops at the beat of the 40th sec, that’s Kunal Kapoor…:-)


Before The Rains




Mistress of Spices




Santosh Sivan first South Asian to get ASC membership

Indo-Asian News Service

Saturday, April 28, 2012 (Thiruvananthapuram)            

Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan became the first South Asian to be given the prestigious membership of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his outstanding work. The ASC membership is extended to individuals through invitations from existing members. “I was first invited by American cinematographer Michael Chapman, who shot Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Subsequently, two other members sponsored me. Then there was an interview that was reviewed by all ASC members,” Sivan said. Sivan said he was informed about his selection last week and it would be announced in the next issue of the ASC journal American Cinematographer. Multi-talented Sivan, who graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, is an actor, producer, director and a cinematographer who has worked in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English cinema in a career spanning more than two decades. A four-time National Award-winning cinematographer, Sivan has worked on 45 feature films and 41 documentaries till now. “I want to dedicate this honour to my father who was a regular reader of the American Cinematographer,” said Sivan. His father, also popularly known as Sivan, is an award-winning producer and director. The young cinematographer added that he was deeply moved by a note send out by Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Beristain who was present at the ASC meeting on behalf of Sivan’s sponsors, Theo Van de Sande and Michael Chapman.

“Everybody thanked us for proposing such an interesting and original mind to our organisation. Santosh Sivan was a big star at the membership meeting of the ASC last Saturday. He blew everybody away with his wit and phenomenal vision,” read the note by Beristain. “Just before his meeting, the committee had interviewed another prospective candidate whose main strength is in the stereoscopic (3D) world, the well attended meeting had a good deal of technical information, so they found – in their words – very refreshing to hear Sivan.”

Currently, there are 302 cinematographers from 20 countries as ASC members. The society also has more than 150 associate members working in ancillary sectors of the motion picture industry.

Imdb filmography
Cinematographer(46 titles)

2010 Tatvä: Nature’s Elements(video short)

2010 Raavan(director of photography)

2010 Raavanan(director of photography)

2008 Tahaan

2008 Prarambha(short)

2007 Before the Rains(director of photography)

2005 Navarasa

2005 Silsiilay

2003 Tehzeeb

2000 Fiza

2000 Pukar

1998 Dil Se..

1997 The Duo

1996 Halo(photographed by)

1996 Kala Pani

1995 Barsaat

1995 Nirnnayam

1994 Pavithram

1993 Gardish

1993 Rudaali

1992 Roja

1992 Yodha

1991 Thalapathi(as Shantosh Sivan)

1991 Dilli – A few Images(documentary short)

1990 Midhya

1990 Vyooham

1989 Raakh

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2008 Tahaan

2008 Prarambha(short)

2005 Navarasa

1998 Malli

1996 Halo

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