K K Senthil Kumar is a Cameraman in Telugu Film Industry. He is a Tamilian born and brought up in Bolaram, Secunderabad. Krishna Murthy, his father, has three children and K K Senthil Kumar is the eldest. He got married to Ruhee on 25th June 2009. She is a yoga instructor. They are blessed with two sons. He is a pass out of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune with a Degree in Cinematography.
He graduated in the year 1998. K K Senthil Kumar’s journey in the Film Industry started unintentionally for him. Initially, he was fond of cricket in his college days. He was a good player;
Kapil Dev was his role model. Then he looked up to make a career in Civil Services. While preparing for Civil Services exams he also applied for FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) on friend’s advice.
He got selected there and his journey to be a Cinematographer begun. He had no contacts or any background in the Film Industry and was jobless after his graduation. On the advice of a Film Colorist Punnayya, he started assisting a cinematographer Sharath.
His first film as an assistant was Premaku Velayara in 1999 and worked as assistant till the film, Jabili. He was then asked by
Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, the Director, to work as his cameraman for TV serial Amrutham. This became his platform to make the entry in Film Industry as a Cinematographer. He got his first film as a Cinematographer by Chandra Sekhar Yeleti only, named Aithe.
This film won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. After this film, he was again jobless for six months till he was called by S S Rajamouli for a film, named Sye. His partnership with Rajamouli started with this film. He is called the eye of S S Rajamouli.
Some of the films they have worked together are ‘Chatrapati’, ‘
Eega’ and the epic ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ and still counting. Senthil has won the Awards for Best Cinematographer for the films ‘Eega’ in SIIMA (South Indian International Movie Awards), Magadheera (2010) in
Filmfare Awards South and CineMAA Awards and also for the film ‘Yamadonga’ (2008).
The interesting fact is S S Rajamouli directs all these three films. He likes to experiment new techniques in his work. As he has tried different techniques in all of his projects and the result has been amazing. He likes to stretch his limits.