The Brains Behind Nicely Shaped Movies: The Top Editors of Indian Cinema

Dp foo7166320170110 9577 vnj20i By TheScriber  |  over 4 years ago

Editing is a process, which holds due importance in shaping up a good movie. In fact, editors don’t get the due credits that they deserve. The involvement and input of an editor in assembling and maintaining the flow of a movie, is high. Editors need to have a good understanding about film-making and should also have a creative sense of mind.

Today, we are going to list some of the prominent editors of Indian cinema, who have put in their best to shape up some fine movies.

A Sreekar Prasad

A Sreekar Prasad ranks among the top editors of Indian film industry. He has had over 30 years of experience in films and has worked in films of various languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada etc. He has won record 8 National Awards for the Best Editor.

Major Films: Vaanaprastham, Firaaq, Kutty Sranku, Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, Yodha, Anandabhadram

Vivek Harshan

Vivek Harshan won the National Award for the Best Editor for his work in the film Jigarthanda. He is one of the young editors in demand. He works pre-dominantly in Tamil and Malayalam films. He debuted with the Malayalam film Big B and has worked as an editor in close to 30 films, so far.

Major Films: Big B, Jigarthanda, Maryan, Iraivi, Anwar

B Lenin

B Lenin has years of experience under his sleeves and is one of the senior most editors of Indian film industry. He has primarily worked in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films. He won the National Award for the Best editor for his work in the film Kaadhalan.

Major Films: Kaadhalan, Gentleman, Nayakan, Anjali, Geethanjali, Kushi, Vaali


Kishore was one of the prominent editors of Tamil cinema. He had won two National Awards within a short span of time. His sudden demise was a shock to the entire nation

Major Films: Aadukalam, Visaranai,Dhoni, Kakka Muttai, Kanchana 2

Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani made a mark in the industry as an editor, much before he became a film director. In fact, he is the editor of his own movies like Munnabhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, etc.

Major Films: Mission Kashmir, Munnabhai MBBS, 3 Idiots

K L Praveen and N B Srikanth

K L Praveen and N B Srikanth have been a prominent name among the film editors of Tamil cinema. They started a career in editing in the year 2007 and have been a strong presence of the industry, since then. They won the National Award for Best Editing for their work in the film Aaranya Kandam. Now, both of them are working individually as editors.

Major Films: Mankatha, Madras, Aaranya Kandam, Saroja

Deepa Bhatia

Deepa Bhatia is a renowned film editor who works prominently in Bollywood. She is the wife of renowned writer-director Amol Gupte. Deepa Bhatia won wide acclaim for her work in the film Rock On.

Major Films: Kai Po Che, Student Of The Year, Rock On, My Name Is Khan

Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao

Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao works primarily in Telugu film industry. The magnum opus Baahubali was edited by him and he is the first choice of directors like S S Rajamouli. The upcoming Telugu film Janatha Garage would be edited by him

Major Films: Naan Ee, Baahubali, Srimanthudu, Brahmotsavam, Maryada Ramanna

B Ajith Kumar

B Ajith Kumar is one of the prominent names among the editors of Indian cinema. He has associated with renowned film-makers like Adoor Gopalakrishnan , Rajeev Ravi etc. and has won numerous awards for his work in films.

Major Films: Naalu Pennungal, Kammatipaadam, Annayum Rasoolum, Pinneyum


Anthony is a well-renowned editor who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. He made his debut with the Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha and his work in the film was much appreciated. From then on, he has been an active presence in film editing, especially in Tamil films. He is the editor of the upcoming big budget film Enthiran 2.

Major Films: Kaakha Kakkha, I, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya, Vaaranam Aayiram, Pandiya Naadu

Namrata Rao

Namrata Rao became a notable editor with her work in the film Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Later on, she became one of the choicest editors of film-makers. Her work in the film Kahaani fetched her National Award for Best Editor. Her most recent work was in Fan.

Major Films: Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Kahaani, 2 States, Fan, Ishqiya

Aarti Bajaj

Aarti Bajaj is a well-known editor in Bollywood. She made her debut in Hindi films with the movie Paanch, directed by her ex-husband Anurag Kashyap. She has worked as an editor in most of the films of Anurag Kashyap and Imtiaz Ali.

Major Films: Black Friday, Gulaal, Rockstar, Highway, Tamasha

Arun Kumar Aravind

Arun Kumar Aravind, before turning a director, worked as an editor in many Bollywood films. He mainly associated with Priyadarshan films and he is the editor of many popular Bollywood flicks.

Major Films: Left Right Left, Bhool Bhulaiya, Garam Masala, Hulchul, Ee Adutha Kaalathu

Beena Paul

Beena Paul is the wife of renowned cinematographer-turned-director Venu. She has won acclaims for her works in films of various languages. Her most acclaimed work was for Mitr My friend, for which she won the National Award for Best Editor.

Major Films: Daya, Mitr My Friend, Meghamalhar, Oru Cheru Punchiri, Munnariyippu 

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