Renowned Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away at 69 years of age

Filmmaker IV Sasi passes away

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday condoled the demise of veteran director I.V. Sasi and said he was a filmmaker who rewrote the conventional formula in the Malayalam film industry. He started his career as an art director for Kaliyalla kalyanam (1968), Sasi made his directorial debut with Utsavam (1975). IV Sasi was known as the director who has directed more than 150 movies in his career span. Nivin Pauly wrote on his facebook page: It's saddening to know that the legend of Malayalam cinema - I V Sasi sir is no more. Actor Mohanlal has worked with director IV Sasi in numerous films and he is credited with introducing superstar Mammootty to the cinema with his film Thrishna. He has even directed Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

The director was married to the actress Seema whom he directed in Avalude Raavukkal.

Seema, the reel-life heroine in that new wave movie, later became his partner in real-life. The couple had two children, daughter named Anu and son Ani. He found his place in the hearts of Malayalees through his movies like "Aroodam", which won a National Award for best feature film on national integration. Some of his famous films include - Eeta, Mrigaya, 1921, Adimakal Udamakal, Inspector Balram, Devasuram, Avalude Raavukal.

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"I.V. Sasi was able to identity and nurture great actors in Malayalam cinema".

Sasis long-term friend and Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan tweeted: "My friend for 45 years I V Sasi is no more". The industry and I mourn a great technician.

"RIP Sasi uncle! He created an Era of his own in Malayalam Cinema". What a remarkable innings he had in the Indian cinema industry. We are sure that people are surely going to miss this legend for his good work. "So many personal memories". "Have fond memories of him from my childhood", wrote Dulquer Salmaan.

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