K V Anand Biography

Karimanal Venkatesan Anand was an Indian cinematographer, film director and photo journalist working mainly in the Tamil film industry. After working as a journalist in a short period, he became a cinematographer in the early 1990s, working on about 15 films in the southern and Bollywood industry.

Anand won the National Film Award for Best cinematography for his debut film as a cinematographer, Thenmavin kombath, in 2005 Anand film director with the critically acclaimed ‘Kana Kandaen’. He is the founding member of the Indian society of cinematographers.

Early Life And Family

Anand was born on 30 October 1996 in Chennai state of Tamil Nadu. His childhood days were spent in Pulicat. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from DG Vaishnav College in June 1986,followed by masters degree in visual communication from Loyola College Chennai. Anand participated in Inter College state and national level photography contest. His visual images earned him numerous photography awards.


Anand worked as a freelance photojournalist for leading newspapers and magazines such as Kalki,India Today, illustrated weekly aside and other national Publications. Within a short period of time his photos were published in more than 200 magazine covers and had taken photos of 10 chief ministers in close quarters.

Anand mate cinematographer PC Sreeram and expressed his interest to work for him as an assistant. He joined him serving as an Apprentice for Shriram films such as Gopura, Meera, Devar Magan. Anand has welded the camera for 14 films in languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi and his final work as a cinematographer came with Sivaji (2007) the Rajnikant starar directed by Shankar, the most expensive Tamil film ever made at the time of release.

He then turned a film director with Kana Kandaen and his second film turned out to be a blockbuster iron 2009 an action entertainer set on the backdrop of the Indo African drug smuggling  with Suriya and Tamanna in the lead roles.


Anand died in Chennai on 30 April 2020 at 3:30 a.m. following cardiac arrest. At that time he had tested positive for covid-19.


  • National Film Award for Best cinematography
  • Screen Award for Best cinematography
  • SICA Award for Best cinematography
  • South Filmfare Award for Best cinematographer
  • Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Director
  • SIIMA Award for Best Director

Personal information

  • Naam – K V Anand
  • Born On – 30 October 1966
  • Birthplace – Tamil Nadu
  • Died – 30 April 2021
  • Cause Of Death – Cardiac Arrest Profession – Cinematographer, Film Director, Writer, Photographer
  • Years Active – 1994 To 2021
  • Awards – National Film Award For Best Cinematography