South Indian Cinematographer called to deliver prestigious ‘Masterclass’ in BFI

One of India’s most awarded and renowned cinematographer, Santosh Sivan, is going to conduct a prestigious ‘Masterclass’ at the London Indian Film Festival which is going to be held on July 11 at British Film Festival (BFI) in Southbank, UK.

In an interview to The Hindu, Mr. Sivan said that he was feeling ‘delighted’ after receiving this invitation. His film “The Terrorist” which was highly acclaimed throughout the world was premiered at BFI in the UK. He informed that during the festival, he would talk about the influence of his unique cultural background on his work which has crafted his work so well instead of talking about the works of a cinematographer.

Mr. Sivan said, “I am from Kerala but I have worked throughout the country. So my work has been influenced by various sensibilities.”

Santosh Sivan

Santosh Sivan

He is the only Indian member of the American Society of Cinematographers. He is also known for sharing the stage with Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi and for his work in Roja, Dil Se, Iruvar and Kaala Pani. He has also done some internationally acclaimed movies like Bride & Prejudice and Mistress of Spices. His first movie was Halo, followed by Malli; both the movies were aimed at children.

Mr. Sivan added, “I have shot a couple of films in Britain, including some sequences at BFI South Bank, for Gurinder Chadha’s Bride & Prejudice’. I have also been periodically giving my inputs for BFI’s magazine Sight and Sound. It feels great to be speaking to an audience that understands cinema and is curious about my work.”

This is the first time when Mr. Sivan will deliver his ‘Masterclass’ to the audience at BFI. The London Indian film festival has become an important platform for most of the Indian films in Europe.

Director, producer and actor Farhan Akhtar will also deliver a speech at the same festival on July 16.