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Theni Eswar


Eswaran Ramar, known by his screen name Theni Eswar, is an Indian cinematographer who works mainly in Tamil cinema and Malayalam cinema.


Eswar grew up in Theni completing his schooling and he graduated with a diploma in automobile engineering. In his college days, he took up photography, which led to a career. He went on to receive a Kodak Award for street photography.[citation needed] He spent most of his early life in Theni before moving to Chennai.


Eswar moved to Chennai to start his career as a cinematographer.

He also shot the photographs for Vairamuthu novels including kallikattu ithigasam, Karuvaachi kaaviyam, and Tamizhatrupadai.


During his search for a job as an assistant cinematographer, he collaborated with Baskar Sakthi, a writer in Ananda Vikatan who was at that time writing a series called Route Bus and was given the role of photographing the scenic routes of travel, places, and the locals.

He shot the films Sivappathigaram, Kattradhu Thamizh, Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, and more.


 During the photoshoot of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, director Suseenthiran hired him as a cinematographer for his next film, Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai. Then he collaborated with the directors Bala, Ram, and Gowtham Menon. He worked with Ram on the film Taramani, which was his second venture, and he is credited as an additional cinematographer in Gowtham Menon's movie Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada.


He also shot Bala's movie Naachiyaar which was released in 2018. Another film in which he worked with debutant director Lenin Bharathi titled Merku Thodarchi Malai was released in the same year. 


He won the Best Cinematographer Award in Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards and the Bioscope film festival held in Punjab for that movie. He again collaborated with Ram in the movie Peranbu with actor Mammootty as the lead. The film was released in February 2019.