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Sachy (1972-2020): Celebrities mourn the loss of Malayalam screenwriter-director

Sachy, whose directorial Ayyappanum Koshiyum, starring Prithviraj and Biju Menon in the lead roles, hit screens earlier this year, passed away in Thrissur on Thursday.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 19, 2020 6:06:12 pm
Sachy Sachy was 48

Malayalam screenwriter and director Sachy passed away in Thrissur on Thursday. He was 48.

Sachy was admitted to a private hospital in Thrissur on Tuesday following cardiac-related complications after undergoing a hip-replacement surgery at another hospital in Vadakkanchery. He was in a critical condition and on ventilator for the past two days.

Leaving behind a career in law, Sachy entered the Malayalam film industry as a screenwriter. Along with writer Sethu, he penned movies like Chocolate, Robin Hood, Makeup Man, Seniors and Doubles. He, however, parted ways with Sethunath in 2011. Sachy then went solo and penned movies like Run Baby Run, Chettayees, Ramaleela, Sherlock Toms and Driving License. He also wrote and directed Anarkali and Ayyappanum Koshiyum.

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Celebrities down south mourn the demise of Sachy.

18:05 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'A part of me went with you today'

Prithviraj Sukumaran took to Facebook and wrote, 'Sachy..There has been a lot of messages. And the odd calls that I’ve attended. Asking me how I’m holding up. Consoling me. I guess people who know you and me..know us as well. But there’s one thing most of them told me that I had to silently refute. That you “Went on a high!”. As someone who knew all your ideas and dreams..I know Ayyappanum Koshiyum was not your “high”. It was the beginning that you always wanted. Your entire filmography was a journey to get to this point, from where you would unleash. I know. So many untold stories. So many unfulfilled dreams. So many late night narrations on Watsapp voice messages. So many phone calls. We made this grand plan. For the years ahead. You and I. And then you left.'

He continued, 'I don’t know if you have confided in anybody else on your vision for cinema and how you foresee your filmography to be in the coming years. But you have in me. And I know that the next 25 years of mainstream Malayalam cinema and the rest of my career would have looked a lot different if you were around. But forget cinema. I’d trade all of those dreams just to have you around. Just to get one of those voice notes again. Just for that next phone call. You used to tell me that we’re alike. We are. But I hope right feel a lot different than I do. Because grief of this magnitude last hit me in another June, 23 years ago. It has been a privilege knowing you Sachy. A part of me went with you today. And remembering you from now on..will be remembering that part of me as well. Rest well brother...Rest well genius. See you on the other side. You still haven’t told me the climax to the sandalwood story.'

00:21 (IST)19 Jun 2020
John Abraham on Sachy
00:19 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Another irrevocable loss to cinema'

Parvathy Thiruvothu shared on Facebook, "Sachy sir. Another irrevocable loss to cinema. Sending love and strength to the bereaved family and loved ones"

00:12 (IST)19 Jun 2020
B Unnikrishnan on Sachy
00:06 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Your innings as a director made you a force to reckon with'

"RIP Sachi etta! Feels like we met just the other day while Varane Avashyamund and Ayyapanum Koshyiyum dubs were going on simultaneously at the same studio. Your innings as a director made you a force to reckon with. I was such a fan of your work. Each film better than the other. A huge huge loss to our industry. Condolences and prayers to all those who loved you and knew you," Dulquer Salmaan said via Twitter.

00:03 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'Gone too soon'

Navya Nair posted on Instagram, "RIP .. gone too soon .. a big loss to malayalam cinema .."

00:02 (IST)19 Jun 2020
Manju Warrier on Sachy

00:00 (IST)19 Jun 2020
'A master storyteller'

Prithviraj's wife Supriya Menon Prithviraj took to Instagram and wrote, "Sachy; what does one write when one is bidding good bye to a wordsmith. I did not know you so well personally, mostly as Raju’s friend and a master storyteller. Professionally we collaborated recently on Driving License and at that time I had a chance to interact with you several times and get to know the genius that you were, nay shall I say are. There were so many stories that were in you, so many untold gems. Your passing is a huge loss to the industry, your friends and family alike. We will always remember you for your wonderful stories, the characters you built in them, your mirthful laugh clubbed with a mouthful of profanities! You will be sorely missed Sachy, especially by your friend Raju whom you considered your younger brother. Your light will forever shine thru all those words that flowed out of you in beautiful prose. Rest in peace dear Sachy. May your family and friends find strength in these trying times."

23:49 (IST)18 Jun 2020
'Breaks my heart'

Vishnu Vishal tweeted, “Dir #Sachy 💔 #Rip Breaks my heart …Heartfelt condolences to the family and film fraternity..Two malayalam films that i loved the most recently …Rest in peace..#ayyapanumkoshiyum #drivinglicense”

23:45 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Prithviraj on Sachy
23:43 (IST)18 Jun 2020
'Thank you so much for all the entertainment'

Basil Joseph shared on Twitter, "At the peak of his career.. 💔 Thank you so much for all the entertainment. Rest in Peace."

23:42 (IST)18 Jun 2020
'One of the best script writers'

"One of the Best Script Writer and Finest Director of Mollywood! RIP," Sunny Wayne said via Twitter.

23:40 (IST)18 Jun 2020
'A big loss'

Aju Varghese posted on Twitter, "A big loss....May your soul rest in peace! Love and prayers."

23:40 (IST)18 Jun 2020
'You'll be terribly missed Sachietta'

Tovino Thomas took to Twitter and wrote, "You'll be terribly missed Sachietta!!"

23:39 (IST)18 Jun 2020
'A big loss to Malayalam cinema'

Nivin Pauly tweeted, "Shocked to hear the sudden demise of Sachy ettan. Indeed a big loss to Malayalam cinema. May his soul rest in peace!"

Bollywood actor-producer John Abraham is set to bankroll the Hindi remake of Sachy's Ayyappanum Koshiyum.

In a statement, John said, “Ayyappanum Koshiyum is an entertaining film that strikes a perfect balance between action, thrill and a good story. This film also fits right into our future plans as we believe that the Hindi film industry will bounce back with efficient and entertaining projects soon after the COVID-19 crisis.”

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