Director and cinematographer ok.V. Anand died early on Friday morning in Chennai following a cardiac arrest. He becomes 54.
Anand, who had started out as a photojournalist, joined cinematographer P.C. Sreeram as his assistant and worked on several films with him. He made his debut as a cinematographer with the Malayalam movie Thenmavin Kombath starring Mohanlal and went on to crank the digital camera for films in Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi. His first movie won him the countrywide movie Award for Cinematography.
while he turned director in 2005 with the movie Kanaa Kanden, it changed into his 2009 movie Ayan, starring Suriya, which went on to turn into important business success and brought him into the spotlight as a director. Anand then went on to direct films with actors like Suriya, Dhanush, and Vijay Sethupathi as leads.
As a cinematographer, Anand had closing collaborated with director Shankar for the Rajinikanth-starrer Sivaji.
Anand had once observed that cinematography and images were extremely close to his heart. In a past interview with The Hindu, he talked about “Cinematography and images is my aspect. direction is a short-lived detour in my profession.”