Binod Pradhan

Binod Pradhan born in Kalimpong, West Bengal) (Nepali: बिनोद प्रधान) is an Indian cinematographer.He belongs to the Indian Gorkha Community of Kalimpong. Some his award-winning works include 1942 A Love Story, Devdas, Rang De Basanti, Mission Kashmir, and Munna Bhai M.B.B.S..

Binod Pradhan
Kalimpong, India


Binod grew up in the picturesque hill town of Kalimpong, West Bengal.[1] Coming from a humble Nepali background, Binod got his first box camera in the early years from his father, H. K. Pradhan, who ran a photo studio. The love affair with camera started from thereon. Binod would shoot black-and-white pictures and try and colour them using water-paints. He was often caught shooting unknown portraits and making prints of them. Displeased at first, his father recognized his work and most of Binod's images landed up on the display case of the studio and he was rewarded with an Asahi Pentax. Binod and his camera were pretty much inseparable and by the age of 14, he was running things at the studio.

Soon found the isolated life at Kalimpong was a hindrance for taking up photography as a career option. There was no formal forum to learn new techniques and share his experience. On hearing about FTII in Pune, he approached the institute with his portfolio and was admitted into a three-year course in cinematography.

The break into films came when film director Prem Sagar came to the institute to judge the students' work. Impressed with Binod's work, Prem Sagar immediately offered him the job of an assistant at Sagar Arts. He went on to assist Prem Sagar on the Dharam-Hema Malini starrers, Charas and Ram Bharose. Realizing that he was not making his identity in the huge industry, he started looking at other options. Ace cameraman A. K. Bir, who was working on a film Gharonda offered him the job of assistant cameraman, in charge of the zoom and focus department. This proved to be a very useful internship.

Work soon dried up and he often found himself changing addresses very often. Few sporadic assignments like documentaries (for Durga Khote productions), ads and corporate films helped improve his technical skills.

During this period, he lived with a Kutchi family and this was when he met Dolly. He fell in love with Dolly, and was unable to convince her parents. Resorting to desperate measures, he eloped with her back to Kalimpong. They soon had their first-born, Binay. Out-of-work Binod devoted himself completely to raising him.He also has a second son named Deep Pradhan .

Slowly, old friends approached him with work assignments. He worked with Mani Kaul on the celluloid version of Ghashiram Kotwal and did Jabbar Patel's Jait Re Jait. The Assamese film Apa Roopa happened then.

The dry spell finally broke when Kundan Shah started gathering all his mates from FTII for the film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. This film went on to reach cult status.




Associate Director

Awards and nominations

List of documented awards for Best Cinematography [2][3]

International Indian Film Academy Awards

Filmfare Awards

Screen Weekly Awards

Zee Cine Awards


  1. ^ People | Shooting the Screenplay: Binod Pradhan
  2. ^ IMDB Awards List - Binod Pradhan
  3. ^ Binod Pradhan Awards

External links

48th Filmfare Awards

The 48th Filmfare Awards were held in Mumbai on 21 February 2003.The awards were dominated by Devdas.Manikchand Group of Companies sponsored this event.

52nd Filmfare Awards

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Afghan cricket team in the United Arab Emirates in 2011–12

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Binod (Nepali: विनोद) is a male given name in the Bengali, Hindi, Nepali and Bodo languages, which comes from the Sanskrit for "happiness" or "joy".

Notable people with the name include:

Binod Bhandari (born 1990), Nepalese cricketer

Binod Bihari Chowdhury (1911–2013), Bangladeshi revolutionary

Binod Bihari Verma (1937–2003), Indian writer

Binod Chaudhary (born 1955), Nepalese businessman

Binod Das (born 1983), Nepalese cricketer

Binod Kanungo (1912–1990), Indian writer

Binod Pradhan (born 1973), Indian cinematographer

Binod Sethi (born 1957), Indian businessman

Filmfare Award for Best Cinematography

The Filmfare Best Cinematography Award is given by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films.The awards started in 1954.


Gharonda (Hindi: घरोंदा or "The Nest") is a 1977 Hindi film, produced and directed by Bhimsain Khurana. the film stars Amol Palekar, Zarina Wahab, Shreeram Lagoo and Jalal Agha. The music is by Jaidev.

Ghashiram Kotwal (film)

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IIFA Award for Best Cinematography

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The winners are listed below:-

Indian cinematographers

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Kayamkulam Kochunni (2018 film)

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Principal photography commenced on 30 September 2017 in Udupi, Karnataka and was completed on 1 June 2018. Made on a budget of ₹45 crore, it is the most expensive Malayalam film made to date. The film was released on 11 October 2018.

Lahure (film)

Lahure (Nepali: लाहुरे) is a 1989 Nepali film directed by Tulsi Ghimire. It starred Shrawan Ghimire, Tripti Nadakar and Tulsi Ghimire. The music of the film was composed by Ranjit Gazmer. Binod Pradhan was the cinematographer.

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.

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Parinda (English: Bird) is a 1989 Indian crime drama film co-written, produced and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film stars Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles, with Suresh Oberoi and Tom Alter in supporting roles. Anupam Kher makes a special appearance in the film. Chopra wrote its story and scenario, while Shiv Kumar Subramaniam wrote the screenplay. Dialogue was written by Imtiyaz Husain. R. D. Burman composed the music and Khurshid Hallauri wrote the lyrics. Binod Pradhan served as the film's cinematographer and Renu Saluja was its editor.

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Puli (2010 film)

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Samjhana (Nepali: सम्झना) is a 1983 Nepali film directed by Shambhu Pradhan. It starred the first golden couple of Nepali cinema, Bhuwan K.C. and Tripti Nadakar. The film was a major hit at the box office. The music of the film, composed by Ranjit Gazmer, became very popular. Binod Pradhan was the cinematographer of the film.

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The winners are listed below:-

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