P K H Das is a notable cinematographer in the South Indian film industry. Das is not only a Director of Photography but also a Director in the industry. Das has worked in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada language cinemas. But his works are more in number in Kannada movies. Working since the 90s, Das has come a long way. Das is believed to have come to the film industry with almost no knowledge of the technicality of cinematography in movies.
It was the ace director Dinesh Babu in Kannada industry aka Sandlewood who first gave him a job behind the lens. Babu, who recruited Das, has trained him well, and as a result, Das has delivered some well-written movies. It was because of Das’s experience working under a legend like Dinesh Babu that Das has been able to gain recognition and respect in the industry. Das started working with movies like ‘Nanjunda’ in Kannada language, and he went on to work with some well-known directors and producers in the industry. It was in 1992 that S. Narayan gave Das his first break.
Das worked with S Narayan in more than half a dozen movies at a stretch, like ‘Chaitrada Premanjali’, ‘ Captain’, Bevu Bella and Anuragada Alegalu with actors like ‘Leelvathi’ and Raghavendra Rajkumar. These movies focused mainly on family drama, and melodrama. His work was appreciated, and he continued to work with different directors. Das also worked with directors P H Vishwanath, ‘ Shivamani’ and actors like Shashi Kumar and Sudha Rani in the following years. With the movie Naanenu Maadilla starring Anant Nag, Das started working with Dinesh Babu. This film was a huge commercial success and earned a lot of positive criticism for the crew.
Then with ‘Habba’ movie in 1999, Das worked with ‘ Vishnuvardhan’ and ‘Ambarish’. In 2000, Das delivered yet another hit with the Shiva Rajkumar movie Yaare Ni Abhimaani. The same year he worked with D Rajendra Babu in the hit movie ‘Preethse’, which is a remake of the Hindi movie. Das’s work progressed, and he was slowly becoming one of the best Directors of Photography in the industry. He associated himself with all kinds of movies like romance, family drama, thriller and so on. In the later 2000s, he was working with directors like Ramesh Aravind in his infamous cinema called Rama Shama Bhaama. This movie which also has Kamal Haasan in the movie was received well at the box office.
Das worked in mass movies with upcoming stars like Puneet Rajkumar and ‘ Sudeep’. ‘ Nagarjuna’ and ‘ Chiranjeevi’ starrer movie (Telugu) Shri Jagadguru Aadishankara was Das’s work in Telugu industry. The movie was released in 2013 and was directed by J K Bharavi. In 2015, Das worked with Vijaya Raghavendra in ‘Vamshoddharaka’ movie for which he was highly appreciated and applauded. Das is one of the most hardworking people in the industry and is highly respected as well. He has also turned to direction in Kannada industry. All the hard work and dedication Das has put into the film industry is always recognized. He was awarded by the Karnataka State Film for Roopa Iyer’s movie ‘Chandra’. He was bestowed with Best Cinematographer award in 2013.