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Santosh Sivan


Santosh Sivan (born 8 February 1964) is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer, and actor known for his works in Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi cinema. Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and has to date completed 55 feature films and 50 documentaries. 


He is regarded as one of India's finest and best cinematographers. He Has Won Twelve National Film Awards, Six Filmfare Awards, Four Kerala State Film Awards, and Three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards respectively.


Santosh, a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers and the most awarded Director of Photography in India graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries.


As a director, Santosh won his first National Award in 1988 for the Story of Tiblu (1988). His film Halo was honored at the 43rd National Film Awards as the Best Children's Film and Best Sound.


Santosh became the first cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to join the American Society of Cinematographers membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography


As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards, and 21 international awards for his works. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema in 2014.


In an interview, he said that some films he chose, not mostly because of the story but due to the very fact that he was comfortable with the director, a bigger pay cut, and friendship things.