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Rajiv Jain
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Rajiv Jain
Born (1964-11-29) 29 November 1964 (age 54)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Other namesRajiv Jain
Alma materBharatendu Academy of Dramatic Arts
OccupationCinematographer
Spouse(s)Smita Nair Jain (m. 2011)
ChildrenAbigail Jain, Kimberly Jain
Websitehttp://www.rajeevjain.com/

Rajiv Jain[1] is an Indian cinematographer[2] in Bollywood[3], India's Hindi-language movie industry, best known for Badhaai Ho Badhaai, which released in 2002, and Manjhi - The Mountain Man, which released in 2015. He is well known for his stylish cinematography[4]. His work on the latter garnered him a nomination for the Zee, Screen and Producers Guild Award for Best Cinematography[5].

Early life[edit | edit source]

Rajiv[6] was born in Etawah and raised in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in a Marwari family. Although he was interested in watching movies since a very young age, he was initially more into dance, drama and music. At the age of 19, he decided to pursue a career in still photography. Rajiv joined Bhartendu Academy of Dramatic Arts [7] (a drama school started and supported by veteran theatre director Raj Bisaria) to break into the movie industry.

Career[edit | edit source]

He[8] was a former assistant of Ashok Mehta, Binod Pradhan and K. K. Mahajan [9] and his debut film was Army (1996 film) directed by Ram Shetty. In recent years his feature films Rama Madhav, Manjhi - The Mountain Man and The Wishing Tree went on to be a huge commercial and critical success. An article in The Indian Express about his work noted: * "Cinematographer Rajeev Jain has done a fantastic job."[10]

  • "Rajiv Jain's excellent camerawork adds more delight. You just can't fail to notice the artistic touch in almost every frame, mostly during the scenes inside Shanwar Wada."[11]
  • "And spectacular photography by Rajeev Jain."[12]

Television[edit | edit source]

  • 1993-1997: Tara (TV series)
  • 1994: Sadma
  • 1995: Ek Se Badhkar Ek (1995 TV series)|Ek Se Badhkar Ek
  • 1997: Shri Satyanarayan Vrat Katha
  • 1998-1999: Chashme Baddoor (TV series)
  • 2005: Baa Bahoo Aur Baby
  • 2006: Heartbeat FM
  • 2006: Ras Star
  • 2009: Aiyyo Paaji!
  • 2013: Mzungu

Filmography[edit | edit source]

  • 1996: Army (1996 film)
  • 1999: Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi
  • 2002: Badhaai Ho Badhaai
  • 2007: Kadachit
  • 2008: Meerabai Not Out
  • 2012: Ajintha (film)
  • 2013: Sona Spa
  • 2014: Rama Madhav
  • 2015: Manjhi - The Mountain Man
  • 2017: The Wishing Tree
  • 2018: Truckbhar Swapna (post-production)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Hindi Cinematographer Rajiv Jain". nettv4u.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  2. "Analysis of the Cinematography, Colour, Film Noir, Painting and Light of Rajeev Jain". independentfilmmakercontracts.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  3. "The strangest cinematographer in India". prlog.org. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  4. ""Cinema needs Better and Better Visuals" An Interview with Rajiv Jain Cinematographer - Student Filmmakers Forums". studentfilmmakers.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  5. "Rajiv Jain Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  6. "Rajeev Jain - Indian Cinematographer (DOP)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  7. "Post-Chat Q & A with Rajiv Jain, Indian Kenyan Cinematographer, Bhartendu Natya Academy of Dramatic Arts Graduate - Lucknow, India". independentfilmmakercontracts.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  8. "Rajiv Jain - Rankly (Best Film cinematographer of All Time)". rankly.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  9. "Rajeev Jain - Flikbase". flikbase.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  10. "It is in my genes". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  11. "Review: Rama Madhav Marathi Movie, Critic Review, Star Rating". marathistars.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
  12. "History Repeats Again RAMA MADHAV". apnnews.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

  • 2002: Badhaai Ho Badhaai - Nominated - Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography
  • 2002: Badhaai Ho Badhaai - Nominated - Screen Award for Best Cinematography
  • 2015: Manjhi - The Mountain Man - Nominated - Producers Guild Film Awards

External links[edit | edit source]



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