Behind the Camera: K.V. Anand

Mr. K.V Anand has graciously agreed to be a part of the advisory board for the Imaging Cinema workshop.

K.V Anand was working as a photo journalist(1988-94) when he met P.C Sriram and expressed his desire to work with Sriram. After Anand worked as an apprentice for movies such as Gopura Vasalile, Amaran, Meera, Devar Magan, Thiruda Thiruda, P.C. Sriram recommended him to Priyadarshan for ‘Thenmavin Kombathu’. Anand got the National Award for best cinematography for his excellent work in his debut movie. Anand’s first Tamil film was Kadal Desam followed by his first Hindi film, Josh. Another major landmark movie as cinematographer was Mudalvan which was later dubbed in Telugu and remade in Hindi.

Born in Chennai, he graduated with Bachelors degree in Physics followed by Masters in Visual Communications from Loyola College, Chennai. Anand has wielded the camera for 14 films in languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi for notable directors such as Priyadarshan, S. Shankar, Mansoor Khan and Rajkumar Santoshi. He has worked as a cinematographer for more than 50 commercials with leading advertisement agencies in India.

Directing a movie was the next logical step for Anand after working closely with some of the top notch directors in Indian cinema. Anand’s debut film, Kana Kandaen, penned by novelist duo Suba, starring Srikant-Gopika-Prithviraj received good reviews from the media and public. In 2009, Anand’s second directorial venture, Ayan, starring Surya Sivakumar, Prabhu Ganesan and Tamanna Bhatia, turned out to be the only blockbuster hit that year in Tamil Cinema.

Anand is currently working on his script for his third directorial venture.  The third movie with Jeeva has been titled Ko with Ajmal Ameer and Karthika Nair in the lead roles.

And he’s on the Advisory Panel of this Workshop!!


  • Sivaji: The Boss (Tamil, 2007)
  • Khakee (Hindi, 2004)
  • Chellamae (Tamil, 2004)
  • The Legend of Bhagat Singh (Hindi, 2002)
  • Virumbugiren (Tamil, 2002)
  • Nayak: The Real Hero (Hindi, 2001)
  • Josh (Hindi, 2000)
  • Mudhalvan (Tamil, 1999)
  • Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (Hindi, 1998)
  • Nerukku Ner (Tamil, 1997)
  • Kadhal Desam (Tamil, 1996)
  • Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam (Telugu, 1995)
  • Minnaram (Malayalam, 1994)
  • Thenmavin Kombath (Malayalam, 1994)


  • 2008: Filmfare Award for Cinematography (Tamil) – (Sivaji)
  • 2002: SICA Awards for Best cinematography – Legend of Bhagat Singh (Hindi)
  • 2001: Screen Awards nominated Best cinematography – JOSH (Hindi)
  • 1997: Screen Awards South for Best Cinematography – Kadhal desam (Tamil)
  • 1995: National Film Award for Best Cinematography – Thenmavin Kombath

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