Born in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India; Ramji is an Indian film cinematographer who presently lives in Chennai. According to him, cinematography is a language which can be easily understood by everyone. Also, he says that this profession gives him the freedom to speak what he feels; and not making differentiations on the basic of difference in culture and living styles. According to his interviews, it’s a fact that he chooses the script that is too close or related to the real life and deals with practicality. Ramji confesses it without any hesitation that this choosing this career of cinematography wasn’t a planned venture. It was all by accident and a chance. He began his career with Shri N.K. Viswanath. From 1989, he started assisting P.C. Suriname, who was a big reason to groom his talent and personality. He nurtured him from the scratch and prepared him for the Indian cinema. He used to work with Jeeva, K.V. Anand, Thiru, Balamurugan, Muthukumar and MS Prabhu. Working as an assistant, he did work for the movies- Gopura Vasalile, Meera Amaran, Thevar Makan and Thiruda.
But in the year 1996, he decided to work all by himself without any support or guidance. His debut movie for cinematography was Valley; which starred actor Sathyaraj and actress Meena. Raj Films was the producer, and its director was Mr.
Raj Kapoor. In this competitive world of cinema to survive; a person needs to present his work in front of the audience many times a year. But Ramji is way too different in this respect. He used to cinematograph a movie once in 2 or3 years; for the ones that used to satisfy his demanded requirements of practicality and realism. He has a fresh, style and authenticity in his work of cinematography in films he chooses. He is an utmost straightforward in nature that is appreciated by critics and his audience. He once mentioned in an interview that during the initial stages of his learning with P.C. sir, he gained so much that he described it as learning the essence of life.
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Ramji is a famous Indian cinematographer. He worked with many directors like Sivan, Ameer Sultan, Selvaraghavan, etc. He was born in a city named Thanjavur in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The place is well known as the center of South Indian art, religion, architecture, etc.
He worked as a cinematographer for many films. In the year 1996, he did cinematography for the film Vallal, which is a Tamil movie. The film released in the year 1997. It was directed by Raj Kapoor, involving elements of comedy and family sentiment. He also worked for the Malayalam film named
Don Bosco in the year 1999. He continued his work in the Malayalam film industry by working as a cinematographer for the film named Snehapoorvam Anna in the year 2000. The film was directed by
Sangeeth Sivan, a famous Malayalam, and Hindi film director. He again came back to the Tamil industry with the film named Dumm Dumm Dumm in the year 2001, which is a Tamil drama film co-written and directed by
Azhagam Perumal. He worked for the Tamil film Mounam Pesiyadhe in the year 2002, which is a romantic drama film, directed by Ameer Sultan. He started his work in the Bollywood film industry with the film named Supari in the year 2003.
It was an action film directed and produced by Padam Kumar. He continued his work in the Bollywood by working for the film Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne, which was directed by Sangeeth Sivan. He later worked for the film named Raam in the year 2005. It was a Tamil drama film, which was written and directed by Ameer Sultan. In the year 2005, he got a chance to work with Sangeeth Sivan again for the film Kyaa Kool Hain Hum, which is a Bollywood comedy film, produced by
Ekta Kapoor. He continued his work with Sangeeth Sivan by working for the film Apna Sapna Money Money, a Bollywood film in the year 2006. He then, worked for the Tamil film named Paruthiveeran in the year 2007, which is a romantic-drama film written and directed by Ameer Sultan. In the same year, he also worked for the Hindi remake of the Telugu film Athadu. The film was named Ek: The Power of One under the direction of Sangeeth Sivan. Later, in the year 2011, he worked for the film
Mayakkam Enna, which was a Tamil musical film written and directed by Selvaraghavan.
He worked for the Tamil adventure film named
Aayirathil Oruvan, which was written and directed by Selvaraghavan in the year 2010. .He worked in the field of cinematography for the film named
Irandaam Ulagam, which is an Indian Tamil romantic fantasy film written and directed by Selvaraghavan in the year 2013. The film starred Arya and
Anushka Shetty. In the year 2015, he handled the cinematography and editing of the film named
Thani Oruvan, directed by
Mohan Raja and written by Subha.
He also worked for short films in Malayalam and Tamil languages. In Malayalam, he worked for Oru Yathra and in Tamil, he worked for Manickan in the years 1998 and 1997 respectively.
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Ramji is a South Indian cinematographer who works in the Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam film industries. He was born on 31st July 1961 in Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore, in Tamil Nadu. He is known for his work in Paruthiveeran, Mayakkam Enna,
Irandam Ulagam, Thani Oruvan and many others. He has collaborated with directors like Ameer Sultan, Sangeeth Sivan, Selvaraghavan and many others. Before films, Ramji was into basketball. He began his film career by working under cinematographer Shri. N. K. Vishwanath. Then he joined cinematographer and director P. C. Sreeram as an assistant alongside Jeeva, K. C. Anand, Thiru, Balamurugan, Muthukumar and M. S. Prabhu.
He worked in Sreeram’s Meera in 1992, Amaran in 1992, Thevar Magan in 1992 and Thiruda Thiruda in 1993 as an assistant cinematographer. In 1996, Ramji started working on his own and made his film debut as an independent cinematographer with the Tamil movie Vallal written and directed by Raj Kapoor. The movie hit the screens on 18th April 1997. He cinematographed many other Tamil films like Dumm Dumm Dumm in 2001, Mounam Pasiyadhe in 2002, Raam in 2005, Paruthiveeran in 2007, Aayirathil Oruvan in 2010, Mayakkam Enna in 2011, Irandam Ulagam in 2013 and Thani Oruvan in 2015. Ramji made his debut in the Malayalam film industry with the feature film Oru Yathra directed by Pratap K. Pothen in 1997.
In 1997, he cinematographed a short Malayalam film called Manikam directed by Ranjith. He cinematographed another Malayalam short film called Don Bosco directed by
Jose Thomas. He also cinematographed the Malayanam movie Snehapoorvam Anna directed by Sangeeth Sivan in 2000. Ramji made his debut in the Bollywood industry with the crime feature film Supari written and directed by Padam Kumar. He worked alongside the cinematographer Velraj. The movie hit the screens on 20th June 2003. He cinematographed many other Hindi movies like Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne in 2003, Kya Kool Hai Hum in 2005, Apna Sapna Money Money in 2006, Ek – The Power Of One in 2007 and Click in 2010.
Ramji’s latest work as a cinematographer is the Tamil action thriller movie Velaikkaran written and directed by Mohan Raja and produced by R. D. Raja is set to release on 25th August 2017. Ramji won a nomination at the Vijay Award under the Best Cinematographer category in 2007. He also won nominations at the South Indian International Movie Awards – Tamil under the Best Cinematographer category two times for the Tamil movies Mayakkam Enna in 2012 and Irandam Ulagam in 2014.