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Karthik Ganesh is a Director of Photography, based in Mumbai, India.

Originally from Chennai, he joined the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune in 2004, and has been working as an independent Cinematographer since 2009.

Karthik has worked on movies, commercials, documentaries and cine-plays. Over the years, having worked with some very gifted and unique directors, he has developed a personal style with a keen interest in story telling.

Even as a child he was curious about the world of images and getting a Zenit SLR camera as a gift from his father, opened up possibilities of viewing his world in a way new to him. The blazing Chennai sun, the stark play of light and shadow and the burst of colours around him helped him shape his craft during his initial years of photography.

The exploration of his interests, soon took him into the forests of South India, where he assisted in a film on King Cobras for the BBC. This experience, made him plunge headlong into filmmaking and he joined the prestigious Film and TV Institute of India (FTII), Pune where he honed his skills as a cinematographer and more importantly as a visual storyteller.

His movies include- Aurangzeb for Yash Raj Films, Bombairiya for Kreo Films, Dheet Patangey for SAB, and more recently Lahore Confidential for Jar Pictures. He has also shot a feature film on a mobile phone - Side A Side B.

He has shot the TV series, Powder for Yash Raj TV, the web series - Zero KMs for Zee 5, amongst other commercials and documentaries.

He has shot two Cineplays’ -  Gardish Mein Taare and The Scavengers Daughter. A ‘Cineplay’ is a new evolving narrative structure that marries the elements of a Play and the language of Cinema.

Working with form and style is what interests him the most about his films. He believes that every story has a life of it’s own and demands to be told in it’s own unique format.

As far as formats go, he was one of the first few Cinematographers in India to get to use the then revolutionary 4K digital camera - the RED One, to shoot the TV series ‘Powder’. To share his unique experience of spending more than 200 days with the new kid on the block, he wrote an article for the collective - Cinematographers Combine, Mumbai.

He chose to use the medium of ‘Film’ to shoot his next feature, Aurangzeb, to reflect the strains of the 80’s in its story line. ‘Aurangzeb’ was one of the last few films to be shot on ‘Film’ in India.

A few years down the line, he used a mobile phone to shoot the feature film – Side A Side B. It is one of the first few films in India to have used a mobile phone for the entire shooting process.

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Karthik has worked on movies, commercials, documentaries and cine-plays. Over the years, having worked with some very gifted and unique directors, he has developed a personal style with a keen interest in story telling.

Even as a child he was curious about the world of images and getting a Zenit SLR camera as a gift from his father, opened up possibilities of viewing his world in a new way. The blazing Chennai sun, the stark play of light and shadow and the burst of colours around him helped him shape his craft during his initial years of photography.
The exploration of his interests, soon took him into the forests of South India, where he assisted in a film on King Cobras for the BBC. This experience, made him plunge headlong into filmmaking and he joined the prestigious Film and TV Institute of India (FTII), Pune where he honed his skills as a cinematographer and more importantly as a visual storyteller.
His movies include- Aurangzeb for Yash Raj Films, Bombairiya for Kreo Films, Dheet Patangey for SAB, and a movie shot on a mobile camera - Side A Side B.
He has also shot the TV series, Powder for Yash Raj TV, and a web series - Zero KMs for Zee 5, amongst other commercials and documentaries.
He has also shot the Cineplays’ - Gardish Mein Taare and The Scavengers Daughter. Cineplay is a new evolving narrative structure that marries the elements of Play and the language of Cinema.
Working with form and style is what interests him the most about his films. He believes that every story has a life of it’s own and demands to be told in it’s own unique format.
As far as formats go, he was one of the first few Cinematographers in India to use a digital camera - a RED One, to shoot the TV series ‘Powder’. To share his experience of spending more than 200 days with the new kid on the block, he wrote an article for the collective - Cinematographers Combine, Mumbai.
His next movie, Aurangzeb, a story that has strains of the 80’s was one of the last projects to be shot on Film in India.
His movie Side A Side B is one of the first few full-length feature films to be shot on a mobile camera in India. It was shot using a Samsung S7 Edge, and an IPhone 6S Plus.

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