One of the finest cinematographers of India, Madhu Ambat will start working on his second directional venture by the end of next year as he has several others films to complete. He made his entry in the film industry as a cinematographer with a documentary by Ramu Kariat in 1973.
He handled the camera for the recently-released Kannada film Avva. His earlier Kannada films include Thabarana Kathe and Phaniyamma. In 1994, he bagged his first National award for Best Colour Photography for a Sanskrit film, Adi Sankaracharya, directed by G.V. Iyer; his second National Award for Best Colour Photography was for the Tamil film, Sringaram, directed by Sharada Ramanathan.
He has handled the camera for several Malayalam films and also received several Kerala state awards for films like Aswathama, Sooryante Maranam, Yarooral, Purushartham, Swathi Thirunal and Amaram.