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Cinematographers Sathyan Sooryan, Velraj And Chezhiyan Recognised By The Indian Society Of Cinematographers

It has indeed been a good week for Indian cinematographers. Three South Indian cinematographers, Sathyan Sooryan, Velraj, and Chezhiyan, who have given us some striking frames over the years, have been invited to be a part of one of the most prestigious societies, the Indian Society of Cinematographers. The three will now be able to add the suffix ‘ISC’ to their names while being billed in films.

Sathyan Sooryan, currently working on Vijay starrer Master, and cinematographer-turned-director, National Awardee Chezhiyan, who has shot films like Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010) and To Let (2019) took to Twitter to announce the news on Monday. Both are erstwhile assistants of leading cinematographer PC Sreeram.

News that Velraj, the cinematographer of the 2019 blockbuster action-drama Asuran starring Dhanush, had also been invited to the society surfaced on Friday afternoon. He is an erstwhile assistant of cinematographer Tirru.

The Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) founded by a group of cinematographers including Ravi K Chandran, Anil Mehta, PC Sreeram, and Sunny Joseph in 1995 is situated in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. In order to be a part of the organisation, the society must extend an invitation to the technician. Membership is given only to directors of photography (DOPs) and special effects (SFX) experts with distinguished credits in the film industry.

This educational, cultural, and professional organisation is neither a labour union nor a guild comprising cinematographers from all over India. It aims to recognise and encourage excellence in cinematography practise, to set up a platform for the exchange of ideas, experience, and knowledge, and to be an association that would represent ‘Indian cinematography’ on all international forums.

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The film fraternity has been pouring in love for the cinematographers for being honoured by the ISC.

The three will now be joining a list of recognised cinematographers including Soumendu Roy, Sudeep Chatterjee, KV Anand, Rathnavelu, Ravi Varman, Rajiv Menon, and KK Senthil Kumar.