Vincent was born in 1928 in Calicut, then part of Madras Presidency. He was trained under cinematographer Kamal Ghosh and was initially associated with Gemini Studios. He started his career in Tamil cinema and shot to fame with the Sivaji Ganesan-starrer Uthamaputhiran. Vincent teamed up with C. V. Sridhar in masterpieces such as Kalyana Parisu, Nenjil Or Aalayam, Kaadhalikka Neramillai, Sumaithaangi and Then Nilavu. He then became a freelancer and achieved success in Malayalam and Telugu films. He established himself as one of the leading cinematographers in South India and also earned a name in Hindi films. At a time when cinematography was in its infancy in Indian cinema, he experimented with camera angles and placements. He succeeded in bringing in the kind of visuals that were not seen before in South Indian films. In 2003, the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) awarded him an Honorary Membership, along with K. K. Mahajan and V. K. Murthy.

Vincent has directed around 30 films, mostly in Malayalam. The first Malayalam film he directed, Bhargavi Nilayam (1964), was scripted by renowned writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. It is considered one of the all time classics in Malayalam cinema and the soundtrack to this film was also a notable success. Few directors could claim such an impressive list of chart-toppers and some of the Malayalam feature films directed by Vincent are Murappennu, Nadhi, Gandharvakshethram, Thulabharam, Aswamedham, Achani, Anavaranam, Aalmaram, Thriveni, Nagarame Nandi, Abhijathyam, Asuravithu, Kochu Themmadi, Nizhalattam, Chenda, Sreekrishna Parunthu, Priyamulla Sophia, Nakhangal and Theerthayathra. Vincent died on 25 February 2015 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife and two cinematographer sons–Jayanan Vincent and Ajayan Vincent–and daughters, Sumithra Maria and Snehalatha Marie.


DATE OF BIRTH: June 14, 1928
PLACE OF BIRTH: Illykunnu-British Malabar district
FATHER’S NAME: George Vincent (Kadathanadu Kunji Krishnan)
MOTHER’S NAME: Anasthina Vincent
SCHOOL: St.Joseph’s Boys’ High School
COLLEGE: Malabar Christian College

Worked at Chitra Studio, Calicut from childhood. Photo studio owned by George Vincent from 1932 until his death in 1981.
Joined Gemini Studios, Chennai in 1946
ASSISTED: Kamal Ghosh, A. Natarajan, K. Ramnoth (Kalpana)


First film as a director: Bhargavi Nilayam (Malayalam) 1964


Chandi Rani 1953

* ing P. Bhanumathi & NTR ( Bharani Pictures ) direction: P. Bhanumathi
Bratuku Teruvu 1953

*ing ANR, Savithri, S. V. Ranga Rao Direction: P. S. Ramakrishna
Sontha Ooru 1956
*ing NTR, Raja Sulochana Direction: I. S. S. Moorthy

Illarikam 1959
*ing ANR, Jamuna, Prasad Art Pictures Direction: T. Prakash Rao

Pelli Kanuka 1960
*ing ANR, Saroja Devi Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Kulagothralu 1962
*ing ANR, Krishnakumari, Prasad Art Pictures Direction: K. Pratyagatma

Letha Manasulu 1966
*ing Haranath, Jamuna, G. Varalakshmi. Direction: Krishnan Panju

Bhakta Prahlada 1967
*ing S. V. Ranga Rao, Anjali Devi Direction: Chitrapu Narayana Rao

Soggadu 1975
*ing Sobhan Babu, Jayasudha, Jayachitra (Suresh Productions) Direction: K. Bappaiah

Babu 1975
*ing Sobhan Babu, Vanisri, Lakshmi (Maruti Pictures) Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Jyothi 1976
*ing Murali Mohan, Jayasudha, Gummadi (Annapurna Cine Arts) Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Secretary 1976
*ing ANR, Vanisri (Suresh Productions) Direction: K. S. Prakash Rao

Prema Lekhalu 1977
*ing Murali Mohan, Anant Nag, Jayasudha & Deepa (Annapurna Art Pictures) Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Adavi Ramudu 1977 C’Scope
*ing NTR, Jayaprada, Jayasudha. Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Gadusu Pillodu 1977
*ing Shobhan Babu, Direction. K. Bappaiah

Radhakrishna 1978
*ing Shobhan Babu, Jayaprada Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Rajaputhra Rahasyamu 1978
*ing NTR, Jayaprada, Jamuna. Direction: S. D. Lal

K D No.1 1978
*ing NTR, Anjali Devi, Jayasudha. Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Ashajyothi 1981
*ing Murali Mohan, Sujatha Direction: T. Prakash Rao

Alludugaru 1990
*ing Mohan Babu, Shobana Director: K. Raghavendra Rao

Naari Naari Naduma Murari 1990
*ing Balakrishna, Shobana, Direction: A. Kothandarami Reddy

Aapathbandavudu 1992
*ing Chiranjeevi, Meenakshi Seshadri Director: K. Vishwanath

Allari Priyudu 1993
*ing Rajasekhar, Ramya Krishnan Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Sagarakanya, Sahasaveerudu
*ing Venkatesh, Shilpa Shetty Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Dharmakshetram 1992
*ing Balakrishna, Divya Bharathi Direction: A. Kothandarami Reddy

Aswamedham 1992
*ing Balakrishna, Shobhan Babu, Meena Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Major Chandrakanth 1993
*ing NTR, Mohan Babu Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao

Bobbili Simham 1994
*ing Balakrishna, Roja, Meena Direction: A. Kothandarami Reddy

Annamaya 1997
*ing Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishnan, Direction: K. Raghavendra Rao
Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (Special Effects)
Govinda Govinda (Special Effects)
Mayuri (Special effects)


Films done as an assistant cinematographer with Kamal Ghosh & K. Ramnoth

Chandralekha 1948
*ing M. K. Radha, Ranjan, T. R. Rajakumari Direction: S. S. Vasan

Gnanasoundari 1948
*ing T. R. Mahalingam, M. V. Rajamma Director: Murugadasan

Kalpana 1948
*ing Uday Shankar, Amala Shankar

Apoorva Sahodharargal 1949
*ing M. K. Radha, P. Bhanumathi Direction: Acharya

Mangala 1950
*ing NTR, P. Bhanumathi Direction: S. S. Vasan

Avvaiyaar 1951
*ing K. B. Sundarambal, Gemini Ganesh Direction: Kothamangalam Subbu (thambu – c v ramakrishnan)
As operative cameraman with Kamal Ghosh,

Kathal/Prema 1952
*ing ANR, P. Bhanumathi, Direction: P. S. Ramakrishna Rao

Kalyanam Pannipaar 1952
*ing Gemini Ganesh, Savithri Direction: L. V. Prasad

Paradeshi 1953
*ing ANR, Anjali Devi, Sivaji Ganesan, Direction: L. V. Prasad

Poongothai 1953
*ing ANR, Anjali Devi, Sivaji Ganesan, Direction: L. V. Prasad

Paropakaaram 1953
*ing Direction: Kamal Ghosh

As an independent Cinematographer:

Amara Deepam 1956
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini Direction: T. Prakash Rao

Yaar Paiyan 1957
*ing Gemini Ganesh, N. S. Krishnan Direction: T. R. Raghunath

Uttamaputhiran 1958
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini Direction: T. Prakash Rao

Kalyana Parisu 1959
*ing Gemini Ganesh, B. Saroja Devi, ANR, Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Meenda Sorgam 1960
*ing Gemini Ganesh, Padmini Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Vidi Velli 1960
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, B. Saroja Devi Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Yellorum Innattu Mannar 1960
*ing Gemini Ganesh, B. Saroja Devi Director: T. Prakash Rao

Punar Jenmam 1961
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini Direction: R. S. Mani

Nenjil Oor Aalayam 1961
*ing Muthuraman, Kalyan Kumar, Devika Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Then Nilavu 1961
*ing Gemini Ganesh, Vyjayanthimala Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Sumaithangi 1962
*ing Gemini Ganesh, Devika, Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Policekaran Magal 1962
*ing Muthuraman, K. Balaje, Vijayakumari Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Nenjam Marapadillay 1963
*ing Kalyan Kumar, Devika Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Kadalikka Neramillai 1964
*ing Ravichandran, Muthuraman, Kanchana Direction: C. V. Sridhar

Enga Veetu Pillai 1965
*ing MGR, M. N. Nambiar Direction: T. Chanakya

Engalukkum Kalam Varum 1967
*ing Padmini, Nagesh, Direction: A. Vincent

Adimai Penn 1969 partly photographed
*ing MGR, Jayalalitha Direction: K. Shankar

Thunaivan 1969 ( Special Effects)
* ing AVM Rajan, Baby Sridevi Direction: M. A. Thirumugham

Thulabharam 1969
*ing AVM Rajan, Sarada, Muthuraman Direction: A. Vincent

Iru Veedugal 1970
*ing Ravichandran, Sowcar Janaki Direction: A. Vincent

Gowravam 1970
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, Direction: Vietnam Veedu Sundaram

Iru Dhruvam 1971
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Muthuraman, Padmini Direction: S. Ramanathan

Savaley Samaley 1971
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Jayalalitha, Direction: Malliyam Rajagopal

Vasantha Maligai 1973
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Vanisri, Direction: K. S. Prakash Rao

Akkaraipachai 1974
*ing Jaishankar, Lakshmi, Ravichandran Direction: N. Venkatesh

Thirumangalyam 1974
*ing Jayalalitha, Muthuraman Direction: A. Vincent

Avan Oru Sarithiram 1975
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Manjula, P. Bhanumathi
Direction. K. S. Prakash Rao

Rojavin Raja 1976
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Vanisri Direction: K. Vijayan

Naam Pirandha Mann 1977
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesh, Kamalahasan, Nagesh, K. R. Vijaya
Direction: A. Vincent

Illamai Kolam 1979
*ing Suman, Radhika, Pratap Pothen Direction: N. Venkatesh

Anandakummi 1983
*ing Aswini, Direction: Gokulakrishna

Gnanaparavai 1991
*ing Sivaji Ganesan, Manorama Direction: Vietnam Veedu Sundaram


Neelakuyil 1954
*ing Satyan, Miss Kumari Direction: P. Bhaskaran, Ramu Kariat

Mudiyanaya Puthran 1961
*ing Satyan, Direction: Ramu Kariat

Moodupadam 1963
*ing Satyan, Ambika Direction: Ramu Kariat

Bhargavi Nilayam 1964
*ing Prem Nazir, Madhu, Vijayanirmala
Direction: A. Vincent
Thacholi Othenan 1964
*ing Satyan, Ambika. Direction: S. S. Rajan

Murappennu 1965
*ing Prem Nazir, Madhu, Jyothilakshmi. Direction: A. Vincent

Rajamalli 1965
*ing Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi. Direction: R. S. Prabhu

Kunjali Marakkar 1966 (some supervision)
*ing Prem Nazir, Kottarakara Sreedharan Nair, P. J. Antony. Direction: S. S. Rajan

Nagarame Nanni 1966
*ing Prem Nazir, Usha Nandini, Madhu, K. P. Ummer. Direction: A. Vincent

Thulabharam 1967
*ing Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sarada, Sheela. Direction: A. Vincent

Aswamedham 1968
*ing Satyan, Prem Nazir, Sheela, Madhu. Direction: A. Vincent

Asuravithu 1968
*ing Prem Nazir, Sarada, P. J. Antony. Direction: A. Vincent

Aalmaram 1969
*ing Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sheela. Direction: A. Vincent

Nadhi 1969
*ing Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sarada, P. J. Antony. Direction: A. Vincent

Triveni 1970
*ing Prem Nazir, Satyan, Sarada. Direction: A. Vincent

Nizhalaatam 1970
*ing Prem Nazir, Sheela, Thikkurissi. Direction: A.Vincent

Aabhijathyam 1971
*ing Madhu, Sarada, Thikkurissi. Direction: A. Vincent

Dharmayuddham 1972
*ing Prem Nazir, Adoor Bhasi, Nanditha Bose & Srividya.
Direction: A. Vincent

Gandharva Kshetram 1972
*ing Prem Nazir, Madhu, Sarada. Direction: A. Vincent

Theerthayatra 1972
*ing Madhu, Sarada, Jayalakshmi, Direction: A. Vincent

Chenda 1973
*ing Madhu, Srividya. Direction: A. Vincent

Achani 1973
*ing Prem Nazir, Nanditha Bose, Sujatha. Direction: A. Vincent

Nakhangal 1973
*ing Madhu, K. R. Vijaya, Raghavan, Jayabharathi. Direction: A. Vincent

Priyamulla Sophia 1974
*ing Prem Nazir, Priyamalini, K. P. A. C. Lalitha. Direction: A. Vincent

Anaavaranam 1976
*ing Sathar, Ranichandra, Janardhanan. Direction: A. Vincent

Agninakshatram 1976
*ing Lakshmi, Mohan, Direction: A. Vincent

Aanapachan 1978
*ing Prem Nazir, Sheela, Jayan. Direction: A. Vincent

Vayanadan Thampan 1978
*ing Kamalahasan, Latha, Shobha. Direction: A. Vincent

Theeram Thedunna Thira 1983
*ing Prem Nazir, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Ambika. Direction: A. Vincent

Ponnum Poovum 1983
*ing Sukumaran, Mammootty, Menaka. Direction: A. Vincent

Pournami Raavil 1985
*ing Vijayendra Ghatge, Anuradha. Direction: A. Vincent

Kochu Themmadi 1986
*ing Mammootty, Vijayavani. Direction: A. Vincent


Amar Deep 1958 Director: T. Prakash Rao
*ing Dev Anand, Vyjayanthimala

Nazrana 1961 Director: C. V. Sridhar
*ing Raj Kapoor, h yVyjayanthimala

Dil Ek Mandir 1963 Director: C. V. Sridhar
*ing Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari

Meherban 1967
*ing Sunil Dutt, Nutan, Ashok Kumar Direction: A. Bhim Singh

Madhavi 1970
*ing Sanjay Khan, Pran, Direction: T. Chanakya

Ek Nari Ek Brahmachari 1971
*ing Jeetendra, Mumtaz, Shatrughan Sinha Direction: T. Chanakya

Prem Nagar 1974
*ing Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini Direction: K. S. Prakash Rao

Bandish 1981
*ing Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Tanuja Direction: K. Bappaiah

Mahaan 1982
*ing Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Parveen Babi, Zeenat Aman
Direction: S. Ramanathan


1954 Best feature film ‘Neelakuyil’
1965 Second best feature film ‘Murappennu’.


1966 Best feature film ‘Moodupadam’
1969 Second Best feature film ‘Thulabharam’


1969 Best Director (Nadhi)
1974 Best Cinematographer Prem Nagar (Hindi)


Past President of Southern India Cinematographers Association, Chennai.
Past President of South Indian Film Directors Association, Chennai.
Past Director, Kerala State Film Development Corporation, Trivandrum.

Former Examiner, Film & Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
Visualizer / Cinematographer – World Tamil Conference in Chennai 1969


P. N. Sundaram, Director/Cinematographer
P. Bhaskara Rao, Cinematographer
A. Venkat, Cinematographer
K. S. Prakash Rao, Director/Cinematographer
Melattoor Ravi Varma, Director
P. Stanley, Director/Producer

S. Navakanth, Cinematographer
V. Jayaram, Cinematographer
Jayanan Vincent, Cinematographer
Ajayan Vincent, Cinematographer
Shekar. V. Joseph, Cinematographer

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