S. Gopal Reddy is an Indian director, producer, cinematographer, and screenwriter. The multi-talented personality has given his contribution to the Telugu and Bollywood film industry. He has established the Durga Arts a production house. He won two Filmfare Award (South) as the best Cinematographer for his work in the films like ‘
Varsham’ and ‘
Sri Ramadasu’. He was born in Andhra Pradesh. He started his career at Venus Studios in 1968 under the guidance of V.S.R Swami, who is a veteran cinematographer. At that time, the films were pictured in black and white print. He made his entry into Telugu film industry in 1979 with the film Raktha Tilakam. He has been a part of many movies from the Telugu industry like ‘Dhruva Nakshatram,’ ‘
Moodu Mullu,’ ‘Nelavanka,’ ‘Rendu Jella Seetha,’ ‘Nalugu Sthambalata’ and many more. In 1980, he made a movie in Hindi cinema. His first movie was ‘Mujhe Insaaf Chahiye’ in the year 1983. The movie starred
Mithun Chakraborty, Rekha, and
Rati Agnihotri in the lead roles.
His next work was ‘Aakhree Raasta’ in 1986. He has worked with famous ‘actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Smita Patil, Pran in the movie ‘Dilwaala’ which was an action thriller and released in the year 1986. His movie ‘
Shiva’ with Ram Global Verma was one of his most notable works. He has worked as a cameraman for films like ‘Aakhree Raasta,’ ‘Inquilaab,’ and ‘Sooryavansham’ which starred
Amitabh Bachchan. ‘
Kachche Dhaage’ in 1999 was one of his most appreciated works. The movie starred Ajay Devgn,
Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. He has produced movies for some famous actor like
Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna Akkineni, and many more. He has been a producer of films like ‘Coolie no. 1,’ ‘
Deewaar,’ ‘Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin,’ ‘Shirdi Sai,’ and the latest ‘Drushyam’ in 2015.
He got married to Michaela, who is the elder sister of cinematographer
Rasool Ellore. The couple has two children, a daughter Sandhya and son Sundeep. His son is also known in the industry as a professional cinematographer. He has won the Filmfare Award (South) for best Cinematographer twice. First, he won for the movie ‘Varsham’ in 2004 and second ‘Sri Ramadasu’ in 2006.