Shanker Raman is an award winning cinematographer, writer, producer and director, having worked professionally over the last two decades on several documentaries, shorts, feature films and TV commercials. After completing his Bachelors in Physics he went on to major in Cinematography from the Film and TV Institute of India, Pune.
Shanker has shot seven feature films, written and co-written several screenplays. “Frozen”, an original spectacle in black and white cinematography was awarded “Best Cinematography” at the prestigious Indian National Awards and at the Durban International Film Festival.
In 2010, he shot, co-wrote and co-produced Harud(Autumn) which world premiered at TIFF 2010. It won the Don Quixote award at the Fribourg International Film Festival 2011 and the Indian National Award for “Best Film in Urdu” 2013.
In 2011 after working on “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” as Second Unit Cinematographer, Shanker collaborated with Mira Nair to shoot her short film “God Room”, as part of a compilation film titled “Words with God”, with six other directors, Emir Kusturica, Bahman Ghobadi, Amos Gitai, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Alex de la Iglesia and Hideo Nakata and produced by Guillermo Arriaga.
In 2011, after attending the Berlinale Talent Campus, Shanker was invited to pitch at the “Open Doors” program at the Locarno International Film Festival. His script, “The Trappers Snare” was awarded the top award of 30,000 CHF, the Swiss support fund for production “visions sud est”.
In 2013, Shanker’s screenplay “My Brother the Salesman and I” was one of the six projects selected for the NFDC screenwriters lab. Based on his personal memoirs, the film is about brotherhood, a companion guide for those who might be holding on to half-written chapters in their lives. Set in the year 1984, the film is a gentle story that depicts finding forgiveness in a painful memory.
In 2016, Shanker completed his first feature film as director, titled “Gurgaon”. A modern day noir set in the city of Gurgaon, it examines the theme of man vs man in his quest for modernity while chasing comfort and stability. Gurgaon, is an independent film at heart targeted for the widest mainstream release. It had it's All India theatrical release August 2017.