This 38-year-old cinematographer turned director had a great philosophy behind his frames. Right from his childhood onwards, Shyju Khalid always had an affinity for art. V.P.Khalid, his father was once a theater artist -and he played short roles in many films. He has done his schooling in Santa Cruz High School at Kochi. He took admission at St. Albert's College for graduationbut left the college shortly. He then met Aashiq Abu, and through him Sameer and the rest of film enthusiasts, all of whom are creating a new wave in theMalayalam Cinema. Shyju with Sameer started their career with wedding photography.

His journey started assisting Sameer for the projects like Big B, an action-thriller and Daddy Cool,a superhit flick. Shyju considers Sameer Thahir as his friend, philosopher, and a good mentor. He had shared Sameer’s vision for Chappa Kurishu, his debut asa director. It’s is next to impossilble to see any debutant craftfilms with such sensitivity butcinematographer turned director Khalid make this possible with the 5 Sundarikal. Anchu Sundarikal is an anthology of five movies by young directors.

Salt And Pepper was one of the first major digital works in Malayalam Cinema which was a food genre cinematographed by Khalid. He has done a total of four cinemas till now. They are Idukki Gold(2013) which starred Babu Antony and Pratap K.Pothen, 5 Sundarikal starring Fahadh Faasil, Dulquer Salmaan, Kavya Madhavan and Nivin Pauly, Salt N’ Pepper(2011) starring Swetha Menon and Asif Ali, Traffic(2011) starring Kunchacko Boban and Sreenivasan. He says that he is not a fan of stylish frames just for effect. He thinks Balu Mahendar’s frames are the best especially his song sequences. He has done only five films till date and every movie is a masterpiece. He is still doing films as a cinematographer. He has future plans to co-direct with Sameer.


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