250 films over 40 years: Madhu Ambat’s incredible journey as a cinematographer

CinematographyMadhu has cranked the camera for films in nine different Indian languages and has also been a part of Hollywood films.CV AravindArmed with a degree in Physics, a young Madhu Ambat had two options in front of him. He had secured admission in Iit where he could pursue a career in engineering. He had also gained admission to the prestigious Film & Television Institute of India (Ftii) in Pune that offers multifarious courses related to cinema. A yen for cinematography saw him plump for the latter, a decision that he has never had to rue till date. Madhu passed out of Ftii with a Gold Medal and in 1973, bagged his first assignment, a documentary on ‘Industrial Estates’ directed by Ramu Kariat of Chemmeen fame. In over four and a half decades, Madhu has cranked the camera for an incredible 250 films, his milestone film being Pani in Malayalam. He is
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