- Director, Writer, Cinematographer
Born in India
Born in India
National Film Award-winning cinematographer and film director, Venu is best known for his work in the Malayalam film industry. In a career spanning close to four decades, Venu has been associated with over 70 movies. An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Venu holds a diploma in motion picture photography, graduating in 1982. Making his debut as a cinematographer, Venu was associated with the 1983 movie Prem Nazirine Kanmanilla.
He then went on to be a part of a string of movies such as Irakal, Desatanakkili Karayarilla, Kariyilakkattu Pole, Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil, and Pranamam before he receiving his first National Film Award for Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal and Amma Ariyan. Seldom has he also worked on Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, and Telugu movies as well.
Making his directorial debut, Venu directed the 1998 Malayalam period film Daya, featuring Manju Warrier in the lead role. The movie went on to win several awards, including the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director at the National Film Awards and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Debut Director. Among his other notable credits as a cinematographer are Thazhvaram, Chandamama, Bhagyadevatha, Snehaveedu, Puthiya Theerangal, Cobra, Spirit, and Celluloid.
His second outing as a director came with the Mammootty-starrer mystery thriller Munnariyippu in 2014. The movie was not only a commercial success but also managed to garner rave reviews from critics. Venu then roped in Fahadh Faasil and Mamta Mohandas to be a part of his 2018 directorial venture, the Malayalam thriller Carbon, which also features Dileep Pothan and Soubin Shahir as part of its cast.