The Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2008 has been conferred on a technician, for the very first time since the inception in 1969. The winner being cinematographer V.K. Murthy. He dedicated his award to Guru Dutt with whom he has worked closely in his lifetime.
VK Murthy shot India's first cinemascope movie, Kagaz Ke Phool (1959), produced and directed by the legendary Guru Dutt. Murthy was a regular part of Dutt's crew, and worked on Sahib, Bibi aur Gulam (1962) and Pyaasa (1957) too.
Murthy's use of light was what really set his work apart. He used light to bring out a range of emotions in the actors. Without Murthy's camera work Guru Dutt's films would definitely have had some magic missing.
Murthy provided some of Indian cinema's most breathtaking images ...» read full biography