Malayalam Director IV Sasi Passes Away in Chennai

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

I V Sasi has directed more than 170 odd films over a span of 34 years and has constantly delivered super hits and some of them classified as classics or good cinema.

I. V. Sasi had problems in breathing and passed away around 11.15 am on his way to the Surya hospital in Chennai. Apart from Malayalam, he also has an experience in directing the movie in other languages such as Tamil and Hindi. In fact, I.V. Sasi was one of the top directors who had played a crucial role in making Mammootty and Mohanlal superstars of Malayalam cinema. He started his career as an art director for Kaliyalla kalyanam (1968), Sasi made his directorial debut with Utsavam (1975). He started his directorial career officially with his first film Ulsavam.

Some of his well-known blockbusters include "Alkoottathil Thaniye", "Kanamarayathu", "Aksharangal" and "Vadakaykkoru Hrudayam", "Itha Ivide Vare", "Angadi", "Ee Nadu", "Vartha", "Devasuram" and "Avanazhi". He was conferred with JC Daniel Award in 2015 and also received the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for Aaroodam which released in 1982. The industry and I mourn a great technician. He also directed Kamal Haasan in Eeta. "My support & love to my sister Seema Sasi & family", Kamal Hassan wrote.

He was married to Malayalam actress Seema, whom he directed in the cult movie Avalude Raavukkal.

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"RIP Sasi uncle! He created an Era of his own in Malayalam Cinema".

Sound designer Resul Pookutty tweeted, "The man who rewrote the course of mainstream Malayalam cinema IV Sasi is no more".

Prithviraj Sukumaran said, "One of the greatest filmmakers of mainstream Indian cinema bids goodbye. Have fond memories of him from my childhood", wrote Dulquer Salmaan. We will miss you Sasi sir!

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