Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India29 November 1964
|Other names||Rajiv Jain|
|Alma mater||Bharatendu Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|Spouse(s)||Smita Nair Jain (m. 2011)|
|Children||Abigail Jain, Kimberly Jain|
Rajiv Jain is an Indian cinematographer in Bollywood, 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. His work on the latter garnered him a nomination for the Zee, Screen and Producers Guild Award for Best Cinematography.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Rajiv 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  (a drama school started and supported by veteran theatre director Raj Bisaria) to break into the movie industry.
Career[edit | edit source]
He was a former assistant of Ashok Mehta, Binod Pradhan and K. K. Mahajan  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."
- "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."
- "And spectacular photography by Rajeev Jain."
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]
- "Hindi Cinematographer Rajiv Jain". nettv4u.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "Analysis of the Cinematography, Colour, Film Noir, Painting and Light of Rajeev Jain". independentfilmmakercontracts.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "The strangest cinematographer in India". prlog.org. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- ""Cinema needs Better and Better Visuals" An Interview with Rajiv Jain Cinematographer - Student Filmmakers Forums". studentfilmmakers.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "Rajiv Jain Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "Rajeev Jain - Indian Cinematographer (DOP)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "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.
- "Rajiv Jain - Rankly (Best Film cinematographer of All Time)". rankly.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "Rajeev Jain - Flikbase". flikbase.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "It is in my genes". The Indian Express. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "Review: Rama Madhav Marathi Movie, Critic Review, Star Rating". marathistars.com. Retrieved 6 Feb 2018.
- "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
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