Santosh Sivan is a cinematographer, film director, actor and producer known for his extensive work in Indian cinema.
As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards for his work in various films. He graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has to date, completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries. He is a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DP) in India. Santosh Sivan became the first Cinematographer in Asia Pacific to be honored with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership.
He has been awarded the National Film Awards for Best Cinematography four times, for the films Perumthachan (1991), Kaalapani (1996), Iruvar (1997), and Dil Se.. (1998).
His filmography as a director in Tamil includes Theeviravaathi (1999), Malli (2000), Navarasa (2005) and Inam (2014).