Renowned cinematographer V K Murthy passes away

Bangalore: Renowned cinematographer and Dada Saheb Phalke awardee V K Murthy, who won encomiums capturing breathtaking images in Guru Dutt`s classics like `Pyaasa`, `Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam` and `Kagaz Ke Phool`, died here today at the age of 91 after ailing for sometime.

Known as `Guru Dutt`s eye`, Murthy also worked with the pioneer of Indian cinema in `Aar Paar` and later teamed up with Kamal Amrohi in `Pakeezah` and `Razia Sultan`.

"He passed away this morning at his Shankarapuram residence here; he had only age-related issues," Murthy`s niece Nalini Vasudev told.

The ace cinematographer is survived by his daughter Chaya Murthy.

Murthy was the first technician to be honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Indian cinema`s highest honour, since its inception in 1969. He won the award in 2008.

Murthy, who shot India`s first cinemascope movie
`Kagaz Ke Phool` in 1959, has also won the International Indian Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award at Amsterdam in 2005 during his four-decade-long career.

His picturisation of the song `Chaudavin ka Chand` is still considered one of the best cinematographic works that Hindi cinema has seen and his work in films like `Kagaz Ke Phool` and `Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam` won him Filmfare Awards.

From his early collaboration with Guru Dutt in the 50`s to his work in Shyam Benegal`s mega-serial `Bharat Ek Khoj`, Murthy has also to his credit one of the most acclaimed Kannada movies titled `Hoova Hannu` in 1993, where he made his acting debut. He never tried his luck in acting after this.

Murthy also exhibited his cinematographic brilliance for films produced by famous producer-director Pramod Charavarthy.
Born in 1923 in Mysore, Murthy earned his Diploma in Cinematography from S J Polytechnic, Bangalore, in 1946. He later shifted base to Mumbai, where he met Guru Dutt.

As a student, Murthy also took part in India`s freedom struggle. He was jailed in 1943 and was a recipient of freedom fighter`s pension.