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Renowned cinematographer, director A Vincent passes away

Aloysius Vincent
Aloysius Vincent
Renowned cinematographer and director Aloysius Vincent, who has directed about 30 movies, including Bhargavi Nilayam and Murappennu in Malayalam, and wielded the camera for more than 80 films, passed away  here this morning after a brief illness.
 
He was 86. He is survived by his wife Margaret and sons Jayanan Vincent and Ajayan Vincent, who are both well-known cinematographers in their own right, and daughters Snehalatha and Sumithra. Award-winning art director Sabu Cyril is his son-in-law.
 
His funeral will be held here tomorrow afternoon, sources said.
 
Vincent had won the Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award for Prem Nagar in 1974. In 2003, the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) awarded him an Honorary Membership, along with two other veterans K. K. Mahajan and V. K. Murthy.
 
Vincent, who was said to be undergoing treatment for pneumonia and various age-related problems, breathed his last around 1050 hours today, the sources said.
 
Born on June 14, 1928 in Calicut, now Kozhikode, Vincent fell in love with the camera in his father George Vincent's Chitra Photo Studio in his home town.
 
Through an acquaintance of his father, he managed to get a job as a second assistant to Kamal Ghosh at Gemini Studio in Chennai at the age of 19.
 
He went on to become one of the most respected cinematographers in the Indian film industry, working for films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi, starting with the Telugu film Chandi Rani in 1953. 
 
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He made his debut as a director with the Malayalam classic, Bhargavi Nilayam, in 1964.
 
During a long and distinguished career of more than five decades, he worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including N T Rama Rao, Krishna, Murali Mohan, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi and Nandamuri Balakrishna.
 
His films include Prem Nagar, Alludugaru, Allari Priyudu, Major Chandrakanth, Bobbili Simham, Annamayya, Adaviramudu, Thulabharam Kadhalikka Neramillai, Vayanadan Thampan, Parunthu, Asuravithu Kalyana Parisu, its Hindi version Nazrana, Kula Gothralu, Nagarame Nandi, Chenda and Achani.
 
Kochu Themmadi released in 1986 was his last film as director, though he continued to wield the camera till 2001.
 
Popularly known in the industry as Vincent Master, he was credited with introducing many innovative techniques in cinematography. He also played a major role in taking the camera from the studios in to the big wide world outside.
 
Among many honours, he received the prestigious J C Daniel Award in Kerala for his lifetime contribution to Malayalam cinema.
 
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