Malayalam filmmaker IV Sasi Passed Away

Sasi started out as an art director in the late 1960s and directed his debut feature Utsavam in 1975. File

He worked with all the big names in the south Indian industries including Mammootty, Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

According to early reports, he was being taken to hospital when he passed away.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan shared his condolences: "CM expressed his heartfelt condolences over the demise of the renowned Malayalam filmmaker I.V. Sasi".

Sasi started out as an art director in the late 1960s and directed his debut feature, Utsavam, in 1975. Sasi has made memorable films like Anubhavam, Aalkkoottathil Thaniye, 1921, Eeta, Mrigaya and Balram vs Tharadas among many others.

Sasi won the prestigious JC Daniel Award in 2015 for his contribution to cinema. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

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Later, he directed them in separate films in 1980, Kaali and Guru, respectively.

He worked repeatedly, and successfully, with second-rung stars before making the big league with Avalude Ravukal (1978), a super-hit, also noted for its bold theme.

"After a point of time, most directors would turn into some business but for IV Sasi, cinema was the only priority". He introduced Mammootty as a hero in his film Thrishna. Anu has acted in Symphony, directed by her father. His first film was Ulsavam and he was known for his directorial style.

IV Sasi's fame was not restricted to Mollywood. In 1982, his film Aroodam earned the National Film Award for the Best Film on National Integration.

The filmmaker is survived by his wife Seema, whom he had met on the sets of the film Avalude Raavukkal. The couple had celebrated their wedding anniversary in Kozhikode previous year. The couple has two children.

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