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Madhu Ambat

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6 March 1949 (age 75) (
Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Cinematographer, documentary producer, film director

Ambat Sulochana, K. Bhagyanath

Rhythwin Ambat, Darshan Ambat

Abu - Son of Adam, Pathemari, Kunjananthante Kada, Annayum Rasoolum, Sringaram

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Madhu Ambat is an Indian cinematographer. With a wide variety of films he is one of the most experienced cinematographers in the Indian cinema industry. Noted for his lighting techniques, he has shot a number of award-winning films. He is quite well known for his work in films such as Amaram, Anjali, and Makaramanju. He currently resides in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography thrice.


Personal life

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Madhu Ambat was born on March 6, 1949 to Ambat Sulochana and Prof K. Bhagyanath and he is the grand son of Ambat Sivarama Menon. He is a graduate and holds a diploma from the Film Institute of India, Poona, from where he graduated in 1970, securing a gold medal.

Madhu's father, K Bhagyanath, resigned as a Professor of English to be a full-time magician. Bhagyanath was also an amateur photographer. Bhagyanath and his wife Sulochana believed that one should take the profession one liked best. Madhu got admission in IIT and at the same time he selected in Pune Film Institute. Despite of all hindrances from the relatives, Madhu's parents allowed him to join in the Film institute, and he sustained the faith of his parents on him by gabbing a gold medal at the institute. And all these helped Madhu take cinematography as his profession. Madhu, who started his career with a documentary for famous director Ramu Kariat, has been cinematographer for over 120 films.His younger sister is the renowned actress and dancer Vidhubala.


After graduating from the Pune Film Institute, Madhu Ambat entered the film industry in 1973, photographing a documentary for Ramu Kariat. In a career spread over 35 years, he has been the cinematographer for a number of notable films winning many awards.

Ambat also heads a non-profit making research organization "Fantasia Centre for Research and Development of Cinema". This newly started organization strives to develop an atmosphere for research in cinema and to spread a film culture.

In 2003, he completed 1:1.6 An Ode to Lost Love, his debut film as a director.


National Film Awards
  • 1984: Best Cinematography - Adi Sankaracharya (Sanskrit)
  • 2006: Best Cinematography - Sringaram (Tamil)
  • 2010: Best Cinematography - Adaminte Makan Abu (Malayalam)
  • Kerala State Film Awards
  • 1978: Aswathama, Sooryante Maranam and Yaro Oral
  • 1987: Purushartham, Swathi Thirunal
  • 1990: Amaram
  • South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2012: Best Cinematographer - Makaramanju
  • Asianet Film Awards
  • 2012: Best Cinematographer - Adaminte Makan Abu
  • 2013 - Asiavision Awards - Best Cinematography
  • References

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