Ravi K. Chandran was born in Maduranthakam, Tamil Nadu and now lives in Chennai. He is a leading cinematographer in Indian films.
Chandran started his career working in Malayalam films, as an assistant to his brother, the cameraman Ramachandra Babu.
He also assisted Manmohan Singh, who was the cinematographer in Yash Chopra's films. 1997 was a landmark year as Ravi got a break as an independent Cinematographer and two of his films was noticed - Priyadarshan's Virasat and Rajiv Menon's bilingual Minsara Kanavvu / Sapnay.
Ravi's work got noticed and soon he caught the attention of the finest film-makers, who he kept on collaborating - Farhan Akhtar (Dil Chahta Hai), Mani Ratnam (Kannathil Muthamittal, Yuva),
S. Shankar (Boys), Sanjay Bhansali (Black, Sawaariya) Amol Palekar - Shah Rukh Khan (Paheli), Kunal Kohli -Aditya Chopra (Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Fanaa)
In 2008, he worked on Aditya Chopra's SRK starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and A. R. Murugadoss' Aamir starrer Ghajini. He also signed Karan Johar's My Name is Khan.
Ravi won the Best Cinematographer (Tamil) Award at the Filmfare Awards South in 2002 for his work on the film Kannathil Muthamittal.