Jury Announcement: Cinematographer Shanker Raman

Cinematographer, writer, producer and director

After graduating in physics, Shamker Raman went on to major in cinematography at the Film and TV Institute of India, Pune (1995), learning the power of narrative under masters such as Istvan Gaal. He then went on to work on documentaries and shorts, until he shot his first film The Great Indian Butterfly in 2004, directed by Sarthak Dasgupta and finally released in 2007. In that year, he also co-wrote and shot Frozen, which went on to be awarded Best Cinematography at the prestigious Indian National Awards and the Durban International Film Festival.

Since then, Shanker has worked on many acclaimed movies and documentaries, including Harud (Autumn), Peepli (Live), The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Maagh (The Winter Within). He is also a noted script writer and, more recently, director, directing his first feature film, the neo-noir Gurgaon, in 2016. Shanker is currently completing his second directorial venture, Love Hostel.

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