(Malayalam: രാജീവ് മേനോന്) is an Indian cinematographer
and film maker
. He is well known for directing the hit Tamil
films Minsaara Kanavu
and Kandukondain Kandukondain
. Apart from making feature films he also runs his advertising production house (Rajiv Menon Productions), film equipment rentals (Mindscreen Pvt Ltd) and film school (Mindscreen).
Rajiv was born in Cochin
, Kerala to the popular Tamil and malayalam film playback singer Kalyani Menon. He had the chance to travel across India at a very young age as his father, a naval officer, got transferred often. He later joined the film school to study cinematography. Menon did his schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya on the IIT Madras
campus. Many ad films later, he started off as cinematographer with Prathap K. Pothan
's Telugu film
. He got into limelight with his second film that is Mani Ratnam's Bombay
before directing Minsaara Kanavu
(Sapnay in Hindi) and Kandukondain Kandukondain
, apart from a few documentaries for Shyam Benegal and a short film for Girish Karnad.
His versatility as a cinematographer has received much praise, and throughout his career, he has worked with accomplished filmmakers like Mani Ratnam (Bombay, Guru)
, Shyam Benegal
and Girish Karnad (Cheluvi)
. His latest contribution has been Mani Ratnam's Guru.
Menon's first directorial venture Minsaara Kanavu
was not only a popular hit but also fetched Prabhu Deva
his first National Award
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