Santosh Sivan is an Indian cinematographer, film director, producer and actor known for his work in Malayalam, Tamil, and Hindi cinema. Santosh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India and has to date completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries. He is a founding member of the Indian Society of cinematographers and is the most awarded Director of Photography (DOP) in India. Santosh became the first Cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to join the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership. As a cinematographer, he has won five National Film Awards – including four for Best Feature Film Cinematography. As of 2014, he has received eleven National Film Awards, and twenty one international awards for his works. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian cinema in 2014.