Venu graduated in cinematography from FTII, Pune in 1982. He has worked as cinematographer in over 80 feature films and has won the National Awards for best cinematographer in 1987 (Namukku Parkan Munthirithoppukal), 1993 (Miss Betty's Children), 1994 (Ponthanmada) and for best debut director for Daya in 1998.
Daya - 1998
The film is about the adventures and exploits of a lively and intelligent slave girl, Daya. Mansoor, the son of an aging and wealthy nobleman, is used to an extravagant lifestyle. Squandering away his wealth after his father's death, he is forsaken by all his friends, save the loyal slave girl, Daya. She suggests that he sell her in the slave market for an exorbitant price. The King's envoys interrupt the sale and she is presented in court. The King is so impressed by the girl's wit and intelligence that he showers her with gifts and permits her to live with Mansoor. But she still knows no peace and life leads her on a series of wild adventures out which she bravely and intelligently extricates herself.
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