Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cinematographer Anandakuttan

Cinematographer C.R.Anandakuttan was a renowned, highly skilled and capable movie cameraman who worked mostly in Malayalam film industry but had also done a few Tamil and Telugu films as well.He received Tamil Nadu State Award as Best Cinematographer for the film 'Kannukkul Nilavu' which was directed by Fazil in the year 2000.Vijay and Shalini were the main pair of that film which  became a boxoffice hit.His Telugu film 'Killer' released in 1996 in which Akkineni Nagarjuna and Nagma acted in main roles was also a big hit.
In Malayalam he worked as an independent Cameraman from 1977 to 2012 and handled the movie camera for about 300 films out of which so many were hits and super hits.
Anandakuttan was born at Vazhappally near  Changanassery in the year 1954.While as a school student itself he proved his skill and interest in photography with his own Agfa Click III, a basic  camera by which he took excellent pictures.Later after competing  pre-degree course he studied photography.He started the career as an  Assistant Cameraman to the famous Cinematographer Ramachandra Babu.
In the year 1977 he became independent Cameraman with the Malayalam film 'Manossoru Mayil'.Very soon he earned reputation as an able and excellent Cinematographer.He was well disciplined,punctual and always tried to indulge only in his committed works there by succeeding to  keep himself  away from all gossips.He updated himself with all the new techniques in photography and behaved nicely to all.Thus he became a favorite of eminent directors like 'Fazil,Sathyan Anthikkad,Sibi Malayil,Rajasenan,Balachandra Menon,Kamal,Siddique-Lal,Lal Jose ' and so on.
Four generations of actors from Prem Nazir to Fahad Fazil acted in films in which Anandkuttan was the Cameraman.
Some of his famous films which were all super hits include 'Manivathoorile Ayiram Sivarathrikal,Adharvam,Bharatham,His Higness Abdullah,Meleparambil Aanveedu,Harikrishnans,Aniyathi Pravu,Sadayam,Chronic Bachelor,Mannar Mathai Speaking,No.20 Madras Mail,Akashadoot,Kavadiyattam,Kamaladalam,Karyam Nissaram,Aniyan Bava Chettan Bava,Vismayathumbathu,Kannukkul Nilavu,Kadhalukku Mariyadhai,Nadia Kollapetta Rathri,Living Together' etc.

He was settled

 in Kochi and  was under treatment for an ailment for the last four years. He passed away on 14th February 2016 due to cardiac arrest in a private hospital at the age of 61.He is survived by his wife and three children.


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