Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away at 69

Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away at 69

Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away at 69

As the news of his death came out, the entire Malayalam film fraternity expressed their condolence on the demise of the legendary director.

He has directed Hindi and Tamil movies too.

Born in 1948, IV Sasi began his career as an art director with "Kaliyalla Kalyanam" in 1968. The veteran director has also received multiple state awards for his work. The Kerala Government has given him two awards. He was also the recipient of the JC Daniel Award in 2015.

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In his illustrious career spanning 34 years, IV Sasi has directed many significant films.

The Malayalam film industry remembers him as an iconic master craftsman.

Apart from Avalude Raavukal, Aaroodam and Mrigaya I.V.Sasi's finest films include Avanazhi, Devasuram, Aalkoottathil Thaniye, Guru and Eeta. It is not just in Malayalam cinema that IV Sasi made a mark. He has also worked with Mammootty for multiple movies including "Thrishna" and "Mrugaya". The actor is also all praise for the director's modus operandi. The Hindi movie Anokha Rishta, starring Smita Patil and Rajesh Khanna, is also one of IV Sasi's celebrated movies. Both superstars of the Malayalam industry owe the director much of their stardom. His debut directorial venture was Ulsavam, which released in 1975.

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In 1981, Sasi picked Mammootty for Trishna, a film which marked the actor's transition to leading roles. He introduced Rajinikanth in Malayalam cinema in 1979, and directed Kamal Haasan as well.

"The man who rewrote the course of mainstream Malayalam cinema I V Sasi is no more".

Aaroodham (1982) won the national award for the best feature film for national integration.

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Sasi is survived by his wife Seema, a popular actress who featured in many of his films, and a son and daughter. The couple had celebrated their wedding anniversary in Kozhikode past year.

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