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KV Anand, Cinematographer and Filmmaker, Dies of Cardiac Arrest

KV Anand, the Tamil cinematographer, and director, died after suffering a cardiac arrest early on Friday at a private hospital in Chennai.


He was 54.

According to film industry tracker Ramesh Bala, Anand’s wife and daughter tested positive for Covid-19 about two weeks ago and have isolated themselves. He said that Anand recently tested positive for the virus and had been complaining of breathlessness. The filmmaker was admitted to the hospital where he died.

Born and educated in Chennai, Anand received his undergraduate degree in physics from DG Vaishnav College and a postgraduate degree in Visual Communications from Loyola College. Anand started his career as a photojournalist and worked as a freelancer for publications like Kalki, and India Today.

In an earlier interview with Silverscreen India, Anand had said that he was inspired by American photographer Ansel Adams’ works, and was not too fond of digital photography. “You share your work with a lot of people; there’s colour correction, post-production, and other work that goes in after shoot. It’s all instinctive,” he had said.

Anand debuted as a cinematographer in the Malayalam romantic comedy film Thenmavin Kombath in 1994, which earned him the National Film Award for Best Cinematography. In the interview with Silverscreen India, Anand had said that the film was his “best experience”. Recollecting his experience while shooting the film, he had said, “For the opening number, the director told me to take 10 bullock carts and five cans of Kodak and shoot whatever I wanted. That, for me was a huge boost.”

He went on to work as a cinematographer for over 15 films in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu.

Condoling the demise of Anand, filmmaker Shankar called him a “dear friend, wonderful cinematographer and brilliant director”. Anand had collaborated with Shankar in Mudhalvan (1999), Boys (2003), and Sivaji (2007).

In 2005, Anand made his directorial debut with Kana Kandaen starring Srikanth and Prithviraj Sukumaran. Prithiviraj, who made his Tamil debut with the film, said that Anand played an “important role” in his career.


Anand directed seven films but had never been the cinematographer for these films. Speaking about this, Anand had said in the interview that he “thinks he is a better cameraman than a director”. “I don’t want to kill it. When the cameraman starts setting up lights, I can use the time to rework my dialogues or make a scene better.”

Anand had collaborated as a director with actors like Dhanush in Anegan (2015), Jiiva in Ko (2011), and Vijay Sethupathi in Kavan (2017).

Taking to Twitter, Dhanush, and Amyra Dastur, the lead actors in Anegan, paid their respects to Anand. Dastur credited the late filmmaker as launching her in Tamil cinema and called him the “most passionate and disciplined filmmaker”.

On Friday, Anand’s mortal remains will be sent to Besant Nagar Electric Crematorium in Chennai for the final rites in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.

Anand’s death was condoled by members of the film fraternity. Actor Rajinikanth expressed his condolences.

Anand is survived by his wife and two daughters.