|K. U. Mohanan Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||January 1, 1970|
K. U. Mohanan is an Indian film cinematographer who is widely recognized for having worked in numerous movies in Hindi as well as Malayalam language including Samay: When Time Strikes (2003) and Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal (2013). Mohanan is the recipient of many accolades such as the Kerala State Film Award for “Best Cinematography” in 2018.
K. U. Mohanan
Payyanur, Kannur, Kerala, India
He attended the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
He has dated –
- Beena Mohanan – He has been married to Beena Mohanan. They have two children together namely daughter Malavika Mohanan and son Aditya Mohanan.
Race / Ethnicity
- Neck-length, tousled hair
- Beard and mustache
- Wears spectacles
He has shot numerous advertisements for leading brands such as Idea, Kotak Bank, and HSBC bank.
K. U. Mohanan Favorite Things
- Scenes/Shots In His Film Talaash – The outdoor night sequences
Source – Wica.in
K. U. Mohanan Facts
- He has recalled that the temple art form and culture of Theyyam of Payyanur had helped him in developing his interest in art. When he was a kid, he would sit for hours during the facial painting of the Theyyam, which would fascinate him. He was extremely interested in drama and used to watch Malayalam films or the Tamil and Telugu dubbed movies in the local cinema halls. Mohanan used to regularly visit the Payyanur Swarga Film Society from 1978 to 1980, which was a major force that helped his interest in cinema to grow and develop.
- Mohanan has recollected that after his degree in film, he had worked as a documentary cinematographer for more than a decade. He typically did not have much time or equipment at his disposal while making the documentaries and had no other option than to learn to manage as well as do expressive work with whatever that was available. He learned to go through the given script in all reality and literality and try to capture everything that was there with the help of only ambient light. Mohanan has been grateful for his experiences as they made him truly understand the workings of light in real spaces, which had led to working for feature films a lot easier. Even if he has had the space lit up, he has simulated the natural behavior of light in it.
- He has revealed that his work has been largely governed by his impulses. There have been parts in his movies where the camera movement had been planned well in advance while in other places, there have been a lot of improvisations with the actors. He has added that unless and until he has a certain kind of treatment planned ahead for a scene, it has usually been his impulses and reactions that he has solely depended upon.
- Mohanan has affirmed that in the film Don, he had planned a visual style in order to make it look different from other movies. He has added that in the car chase scene, he was carrying the camera while being on the edge of the car that was running at top speed.
- Mohanan has been a member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers.
- He has opined that cinematography is much more than just creating pretty images and that it should help in the storytelling. He has believed that good cinematography has originated from observation of life around, as well as from watching films.
Featured Image by Mohanan / Instagram