We all know that Cinema is a visual medium of story telling, but do we know the people, who play most important role in this visual presentation??? Yes the Cinematographers !! Now a days known as DOP. We are telling you top 13 best Cinematographers of Indian cinema who have amazed us with their work!!

1. K. K. Senthil Kumar

How can anyone forget the picturesque Baahubalis!!An FTII alumni made his film debut with Aithe. He is mostly associated with S.S. Rajamouli’s films and has worked in box office hits such as Sye (2004), Magadheera (2009), Eega (2012), and Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) In 2012, he received SIIMA award for Best Cinematographer for Eega

2. K. V. Anand

He is an Indian cinematographer, film director and former photo journalist, working mainly in the South Indian film industry.

Anand won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for his debut film as a cinematographer, Thenmavin Kombath, In 2005, Anand turned film director with the critically acclaimed Kana Kandaen (2005) and rose to fame with his second film, Ayan (2009), third film, Ko (2011), fourth film Maattrraan (2012) and fifth film Anegan (2015). As a cinematographer, Anand is best known for his dynamic composition, lighting techniques and the ability to tell stories through visual images.

3. P. C. Sreeram

P. C. Sreeram works mainly in the Tamil film industry. A student of Madras Film Institute, widely regarded as the “Guru of Cinematography” Apart from his cinematographic works, he was much appreciated for his directorial venture Kuruthipunal which was submitted by India as its official entry to the Oscars in 1996. Sreeram is well known for his association with Mani Ratnam and received critical acclaim for his work in films such as Mouna Ragam, Nayagan, Agni Natchathiram, Geetanjali and OK Kanmani. He has worked as a cinematographer in over 30 films spanning across Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi, besides directing three films and a few TV commercials.

4. Santosh Sivan

Santosh Sivan Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has to date completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries. He is a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DOP) in India. Santosh became the first Cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to be honoured with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received 11 National Film Awards , and 21 international awards, for his work in various films.He was awarded the Padmashree by the president of India in the year 2014.

Notable FIlmography:- Urumi, Raavan, Asoka, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani Dil Se.., Roja, Iruvar

5. Ravi K. Chandran

Ravi K. Chandran has frequently collaborated with leading Indian filmmakers like Priyadarshan, Mani Ratnam, Rajiv Menon, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and A. R. Murugadoss. Ravi has won two Filmfare Awards and one Southern Filmfare Award during his career.

Notable FIlmography : Ok Jaanu, Baar Baar Dekho, My Name Is Khan, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Ghajini,

6. Sudeep Chatterjee

most known for his work in films like Dor (2006), Chak De! India (2007) and Guzaarish (2010), Dhoom 3 (2013) & Bajirao Mastani and won several awards including Zee Cine Award, Filmfare Award, IIFA Award for Chak de India.

7. Anil Mehta

Anil Mehta is a cinematographer, writer and director of Bollywood movies. He has studied cinematography at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

He has shot Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Lagaan (2001), Saathiya (2002),Veer-Zaara (2004) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).

He won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for his work in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999).

8. Ravi Varman

Ravi Varman, ISC, Known for his realistic picturization and poetic framing sense, Ravi Varman began his career in Malayalam films. A well-known writer in Tamil fiction and non fiction, he has also directed a romantic film in Tamil titled Moscowin Kavery.

9. Binod Pradhan

Binod Pradhan is an acclaimed Nepali and Indian nationals cinematographer whose creative visuals and cutting-edge imagery have left their mark on Indian cinema. Pradhan is Indian by birth and citizenship but also a Nepalese as he holds a Nepalese citizenship and passport. Some his award-winning works include 1942 A Love Story, Devdas, Rang De Basanti, Mission Kashmir, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Puli, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Parinda.

10. Govind Nihalani

Govind Nihalani has been the recipient of six National Film Awards (India), and five Bollywood Filmfare Awards. In 1996, his script for Drohkaal was adapted by Kamal Hassan for its Tamil remake, Kuruthipunal which subsequently became India’s official entry for the 68th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category.

Notable Filmograohy: Aakrosh (1980), Ardh Satya (1983), Party (1984), Drishti (1990), Drohkaal (1994, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1997) , Thakshak (1999), Dev (2004)

11. Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is film director of Punjabi films and noted cinematographer of Bollywood films. He frequently collaborated with Yash Chopra, for whom he shot Chandni (1989), Darr (1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), and Mohabbatein (2000). Besides his Bollywood career as a cinematographer, he is also known as a pioneering director in Punjabi cinema.

12. Santosh Thundiyil

Santosh Thundiyil is one of the most celebrated and famous contemporary Indian cinematographers, with more than six block busters and lots of artistic films in his profile. He is best known for films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Devadoothan (2000), Krrish (2006), Pinjar (2003), Rowdy Rathore (2012) and Jai Ho (2014).Rustom (2016)

13. Rajeev Ravi

After graduating from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 1997, Rajeevstarted his career by assisting in the Malayalam film, Pranayavarnangal (1998) shot by Santosh Thundiyil. He debuted as an independent cinematographer with the film Chandni Bar (2001). Ravi is known for his collaboration with director Anurag Kashyap.

In 2013, he received the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Liar’s Dice directed by his wife Geetu Mohandas.