Randy Rathnavelu is a cinematographer who was born on 24th February 1971 in Chennai, India and is actively working in the Tollywood industry since 1997. He is a well known cinematographer in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. He has also been critically acclaimed for his works in certain movies.
He has also been a student of Science and holds a Bachelor degree in Physics. Apart from the primary education, he is also well versed professionally and also has a diploma in Film Technology and Cinematography from the Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu. He is married to Hema Rathnavelu.
He is an ardent fan of the southern icon '
Rajinikanth'. His body of work boast of some acclaimed movies such as "Nandha", "Vaaranam Aayiram", "
His first movie was a Tamil movie "Aravindhan". He has worked majorly in Tamil movies and also a Hindi movie named "
David". For "Nandha", he bagged a FilmFare award for Best Cinematography along with the Tamil Nadu State Film Award. In 2010, "Enthiran" got him another Filmfare Award and Vijay Award for Best Cinematographer.
His recent work in "
Lingaa" was highly talked about. Rathnavelu started off as an assistant to
Rajiv Menon after graduating from FTI and worked on many commercials. Rajiv Menon’s team did the film "Bombay", which was a visual sight, after which Rathnavelu started operating independently. His style of working and the ability to experiment set him apart. In the movie "Sethu", he used the dull green color to portray the feeling of a mental asylum. It was the first time a thing like that had been done and of course, he was lauded. With every film he does, he brings something new for the audience to see. He says P.C Sreeram and
Mani Ratnam were his idols. As a child, he would be enticed to nature and click pictures with a still camera. He also aspires to direct soon which is awaited given his collaboration with the best directors in the industry. He has declined Bollywood offers because he prefers to rule the Tollywood industry over struggling in Bollywood.
From idolizing the people to working with them as a contemporary, R Rathnavelu has definitely come a long way.