RAJIV MENON, Founder of “RAJIV MENON PRODUCTIONS”, born in Kerala, joined the Film and Television Institute of Chennai in 1981, to study cinematography. In 1984, he went to America to train under cinematographer Garret Brown, best known for his invention of the Steadicam.
In 1986, Rajiv founded “Rajiv Menon Productions”, popularly known today as “RMP”, where he started his career in TV commercials. Rajiv received his first national recognition through his Asian Paints “Pongal” commercial, which he both shot and directed and music for his was composed by A R Rahman. RMP has since produced over 300 TV commercials for leading brands in the country, for over 25 years.
Rajiv’s career in cinema took off in 1995, when he did the cinematography for the award winning feature film “BOMBAY”. His skill as a cinematographer received much praise, and since, he has worked with accomplished filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad. His latest contributions have been in Mani Ratnam’s “Guru” and “Kadal”.
Rajiv’s first directorial venture “Minsara Kanavu” (Electric Dreams) was not only a popular hit but also fetched four national awards for best choreography, best playback – male & female, and best music director.
His second directorial venture was the multi-starrer “Kandukondain Kandukondain” (I have found it), besides winning the best director and best picture awards at filmfare, was screened at numerous International Film Festivals like the London Film Festival, The Washington DC Festival and the Danish Film Festival. A song from the film also won singer Shankar Mahadevan his first National Award.
Rajiv Menon is a tremendously hardworking individual and his versatility extends across everything from being an ad photographer, cinematographer, director, actor, singer and orator, making him one of the country’s most reputed and sought after film makers.
Rajiv is equally interested in giving back to the industry a range of talent it needs to constantly renew itself. It is with this principal aim that he founded the “MINDSCREEN FILM INSTITUTE” – a film school that nurtures tomorrow’s talent by providing comprehensive training across all facets of Cinematography, Screenwriting and Filmmaking.
Brooke Bond Ltd.
Cadbury’s / Asian Paints / Coke / Pepsico
Hoechst / Smithcline Beecham / Reckitt / J & J
Dabur / Nestle / Cavinkare / Airtel / Aircel
ICICI / Raymonds / TVS Motor / Maruti / Chevrolet
LML / Toyota / Jothi’s Laboratories / Videocon
Marico / Emami / AVT … and many more.
Documentary for The Trade Fair Authority of India, Directed by Girish Karnad.
Docu-features by Shyam Benegal for International T.V. Networks:
a. Nature’s Symphony
b. The South – A quilt of May cultures
c. Rajasthan – The abode of Kings
“Chaitanya” (Telugu) – Directed by Pratap Pothan
“Chelluvi” (Hindi) – Directed by Girish Karnad
“Bombay” (Tamil) – Directed by Mani Ratnam
“Morning Raga” – Directed by Mahesh Dhatani
“Guru” (Hindi) – Directed by Mani Ratnam
“Kadal” (Tamil) – Directed by Mani Ratnam
1.“Minsara Kanavu”( Tamil ) – Produced by AVM
Dubbed as Sapnay in Hindi. The film in Tamil has
Won 4 National awards – for Choreography, Playback – Male, Playback-Female, Best Music Director.
2. “Kandukondain Kandukondain” (Tamil) – Produced by
Kalaipuli S. Thanu.
Won Filmfare Award 2000 — for Best Film & Best Director
Won National Award for Best Male Playback singer
This film has been screened in London Film Festival; Washington DC Film Festival; Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen (Denmark); Flanders Intl. Film Festival, Ghent, (Belgium); Film Museum, Amsterdam (Holland); “Festival Latitudes Villette-Inde-du Sud”.
1987 – Anga Karunya Kendra, Best Public Service Film, Bangalore Ad Club Award.
1988 – Kasturi Tea, Best Commercial, Madras Ad-Club Award.
1989 – Ready Money Shoppe, Second Prize, Madras Ad-Club Award.
1989 – Moods Condoms, Best Commercial, South Zone Ad-Club Award.
1990 – Chavi Household, Second Prize, Madras Ad-Club Award.
1990 – BPL Sanyo VCR, Best Video Film , Madras Ad-Club Award.
1992 – Asian Paints, Best Commercial in Consumer Durables, Bombay Ad-Club.
1992 – Understanding Schizophrenia, Best Public Service Film, Madras Ad-Club Award.
1993 – Gwalior Suitings, Third Prize, Madras Ad-Club Award.
1993 – Fair & Lovely, Second Prize, Madras Ad-Club Award.
1993 – Glimpses from the Dark, Best Public Service Film, MAdras Ad-Club Award.
1993 – Remanika Sarees (Malayalam), Best Jingle and Vocals Award, IAAFA.
1997 – Titan PSI 2000, A&M Award
2000 – Cadbury Dairy Milk, Silver, Madras Ad Club Award.
2000 – BPL – Batteries, Gold, Madras Ad Club Award.
2006 – ICICI Prudential Life Insurance – Bronze – Madras Ad Club Award.
2006 – Advertising Club Madras in its 50th year celebrations in March 2006, had honored Rajiv Menon with “The Living Legend award”.
2007 – Bru – “Goodnews” – Silver – Calcutta Ad Club Award.
2008 – Guru – Hindi Feature Film – APSARA award for Best Cinematography.
2008 – Guru – Hindi Feature Film – SHANTARAM award for Best Cinematography.
2014 – Kadal – Tamil Feature Film – Film Fare Award ; Vijay TV Award; SIIMA Award – for Best Cinematography