Malayalam director I V Sasi dead, he was 69

I.V Sasi, who has more than 150 movies to his credit, died on Tuesday morning, at the age of 69. As per early reports, he breathed his last at his residence in Chennai. Sasi has been called a revolutionary filmmaker who brought several new aspects to filmmaking during his three decade long career.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 24, 2017 6:50:36 pm

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Renowned Malayalam filmmaker I.V. Sasi passed away on Tuesday in Chennai where he was undergoing treatment. According to media reports, the director breathed his last at his residence in Saligramam. With over 150 films to his credit, Sasi was known for his work in between 1970-2000. He has directed a few Hindi films as well. The veteran director won the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in the year 1982 for his movie ‘Aaroodam’. He has also received multiple state awards for his work. He was also the recipient of the JC Daniel Award in 2015.

Born in 1948, Sasi married yesteryear actor Seema whom he met on the sets of his movie ‘Avalude Raavukkal’. The couple has worked together in several movies. They have two children, a daughter and a son.

Incidentally, Sasi began his career as an art director with ‘Kaliyalla Kalyanam’ in 1968. His first directorial venture was ‘Ulsavam’ which released in the year 1975. Some of his best known films are ‘Avalude Raavukal’, ‘Devaasuram’, ‘Guru’, ‘Eeta’, ‘Angaadi’, ‘Anubhavam’, ‘Ayalkari’, ‘Inspector Balram’, ‘1921’, ‘Vellathooval’, ‘Balram vs Tharadas’, ‘Sradha’, amid others.

One of the most successful director in Malayalam industry, Sasi was instrumental in establishing stars like Mammootty and Mohanlal. Some of Mohanlal’s big breaks such as ‘Ineyengillum’ and ‘Devaasuram’ were directed by I.V. Sasi. He has also worked with Mammootty in multiple movies including ‘Thrishna’ and ‘Mrugaya’. Sasi was also the one to introduce Superstar Rajinikanth to the Malayalam industry with ‘Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum’. The film was a bilingual and also starred Kamal Haasan, another big star whom Sasi has called the shots for several times.

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