K .V. Anand who once worked as a photo journalist, freelancing for leading newspapers and magazines like “Illustrated Weekly”, “India Today”, “Aside”, “Kalki” and others, has more than 200 magazine covers to his credit. He was also well-known for his industrial and advertisement photography. In fact his film “Ko” is said to be autobiographical to some extent, especially the incident where ruffians chase the photo journalist Jeeva for taking pictures of a political scam.
At the peak of his career as a photo journalist K.V. met cinematographer P.C. Sriram. He worked as his apprentice for several films. K.V. was recommended by P.C. to Priyadarshan for his Malayalam film, “Thenmavin Kombattu”. For his debut film K.V. Anand got the National Award for Best cinematography (1995).
This was followed by 14 other films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu for notable directors such as Priyadarshan, S. Shankar, Mansoor Khan and Rajkumar Santoshi. His first Hindi film was Shah Rukh Khan- Aishwarya Rai starrer “Josh” (nominated Screen Awards for Best Cinematography in 2001), followed by “Doli Sajake Rakhna”, “Nayak”, “Khakee”, and “The Legend of Bhagath Singh” .
K.V. also received Screen Awards South for Best Cinematography – “Kadhal Desam” (Tamil) in 1997, won SICA Awards for Best cinematography – “Legend of Bhagath Singh” (Hindi) in 2002 and won the Filmfare Award for Cinematography for Rajnikanth's block buster Tamil film “Sivaji, the Boss” in 2007.
K.V. Anand then went on to direction and his film “Kana Kandaen” in 2005 was critically acclaimed. He rose to fame with his second directorial venture Surya's “Ayan” which became the highest grosser at box office 2009. It also gave Surya stardom. They are coming together again for their next movie.
The extraordinary stunt sequences directed by stunt director Peter Hainz for “Ko”, shot on one of the busiest market roads Mint Street, has already created curiosity among the film enthusiasts. K.V. is taking his team to Norway in September second week to shoot the last two songs and then plans to release the film for Deepavali.
“Ko” is rumoured to be inspired by Russell Crow's “State of Play” a political thriller.