Vincent, the veteran cinematographer-director passed away. The
88 year old was undergoing treatment for age-related health issues
since last week. He is survived by wife Margaret and sons, popular
cinematographers Jayanan Vincent and Ajayan Vincent. National Award
winning art director Sabu Cyril is his nephew.
Vincent, who had won the prestigious J C Daniel award for his
contributions to Indian cinema, learned the basics of photography
from his father Aloshious Vincent, who was a small scale
photographer. He later migrated to Chennai to learn cinematography.
Vincent made his movie debut with the Telugu
flick Brathuku Theruvu, in 1953.
He ventured into Malayalam movies with Ramu Karyat's National
Award winning movie Neelakuyil, in 1954. Vincent is the
first cinematographer of Malayalam cinema, who showed the courage
to shoot in natural locations, instead of the artificial sets. He
made his directorial debut with the first horror movie of
Malayalam, Bhargavinilayam, in 1964.
The veteran filmmaker, later directed some popular movies,
including Murappennu, Nadhi, Asuravithu, Thulabharam,
Nakhangal etc. Vincent, who was fondly called as Vincent Mash
by his contemporaries, also owns the credit of introducing the
veteran writer-filmmaker M T Vasudevan Nair into the movie
industry. M T made his movie debut with Vincent