P.C. SREERAM - IYENGAR
P. C. Sreeram (born 26 January 1956) is an Indian cinematographer and film director who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. A student ofMadras Film Institute, Sreeram is widely regarded as the "Guru of Cinematography"
Sreeram was born on 26 January 1956 in Madras - He was the third child in the family and has two sisters. Sreeram's aspiration towards films grew much during his childhood days. He was educated at the Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Chennai.
As a student he was not interested in studies and only managed to pass the exams. He developed an early interest in photography and years after struggle he joined the Madras Film Institute to do a course in cinematography. Sreeram is married and had a daughter named Swetha who died in 2010. His niece, Preetha Jayaraman, a now established cinematographer in the Tamil Film industry, was inspired to her calling largely by her uncle's work in the field
After receiving a diploma from the Madras Film Institute Sreeram made his cinematic debut in the early 1980s.One of his earlier works Meendum Oru Kaathal Kathai won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director in 1984.After a few unsuccessful films he worked with Mani Ratnam for the first time in Mouna Ragam (1986). The film gave a much needed breakthrough for both Ratnam and Sreeram. Following the success of Mouna Ragam, the pair went on to work in Nayagan.
He used new techniques in the camera for their next film Agni Natchathiram and was praised very much for his work. The pair went on to work in a Telugu film titled Geethanjali in 1989. The film met with critical acclaim and commercial success
During the early 1990s, Sreeram worked in a number of films such as Gopura Vasalile (1991), Thevar Magan (1992) and Mani Ratnam's Thiruda Thiruda. Sreeram made his directional debut in 1992, with the film Meera starring Vikram andAishwarya in the lead roles.
Sreeram directed his second film Kuruthipunal (1995), a police story based on the Hindi film Drohkaal. The film had Kamal Haasan and Arjun playing the lead roles was an official entry made by India to the Oscars in 1996.
Sreeram's third directional venture titled Vaanam Vasappadum, was the first film in India to use high-definition digital technology.