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Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand dies at 54

KV Anand helmed films like Kana Kandaen, Ayan, Ko, Maattrraan, Anegan, Kavan and Kaappaan. He died of Covid-19 related complications at the age of 54.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 30, 2021 9:59:50 pm
K V AnandK V Anand was 54.

Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand passed away on Friday in Chennai due to Covid-19 related complications. He was 54. Anand suffered a heart attack in the early hours of Friday and passed away at 3 am at a hospital. As per reports, his wife and daughter had tested positive for the virus. While they were getting treated, the filmmaker also developed breathlessness and chest pain. He Covid-19 test came out to be positive.

His last rites took place at Besant Nagar crematorium in Chennai. People were not allowed to pay their last respects as it is a Covid-related death.

His death has sent shockwaves across the country, which is still mourning the death of comedy icon Vivek. Celebrities took to social media to condole the death of the award-winning cinematographer and director. Mohanlal, Allu Arjun, Prithviraj, Santosh Sivan, Harris Jayaraj and D Imaan were among those who mourned KV Anand’s demise. Actor Mohanlal wrote, “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. K.V. Anand sir you will be missed forever. Prayers for the departed soul. Pranams.” Prithviraj Sukumaran paid a tribute to Anand, ” Rest in peace K. V. Anand sir! You played a way more important role in my career than you will ever realise. Indian cinema will miss you forever! 🙏 Heartbroken! ”

Actor Allu Arjun, who is in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 wrote, “Just woke up to this sad news that Dir KV Anand garu is no more. Wonderful cameraman , brilliant director and very nice gentleman . Sir you will always be remember & missed . Condolences to the near , dear & family. Rest in Peace Sir”. Cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan posted on Twitter, “KV Anand RIP god bless.”

Music director Harris Jayaraj shared on Twitter, “unfortunate and extremely shock to hear this devastating News. RIP my friend KV Anand.” Music director D Imaan tweeted, “My deepest condolences to KV Anand Sir’s family. Rest In Peace sir.”

Starting his career as a photo journalist, KV Anand began assisting noted cinematographer PC Sreeram in films such as Gopura Vasalile, Meera, Devar Magan, Amaran and Thiruda Thiruda. Sreeram recommended his name for the Malayalam movie Thenmavin Kombath in 1994, for which Anand also won a National Film Award.

After a successful career as a cinematographer for over a decade, working across industries in films like Minnaram, Chandralekha, Mudhalvan, Josh, Nayak, Boys, Khakee and Sivaji, Anand made his directorial debut in 2005 with the family drama Kana Kandaen (2005). The film follows the story of a man who struggles to adjust to a marriage that he willingly agreed to. Only after the wedding, he finds out that woman he just married was not the one he fell in love with but her doppelganger. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, the woman of his dreams moves into the next door. As expected, it complicates things for the hero, who now has to choose between giving in to his temptations and honouring his marriage. The film released amid low expectations. But it soon rose to popularity and emerged as a sleeper hit at the box office.

Anand next made Ayan. It is easily one of the best action entertainers that the Tamil film industry has produced in the last two decades. The film revolves around a well-educated youngster, played by Suriya, who has a gift for smuggling valuable goods under the nose of the customs. The film came out in 2009 and its massive box office success helped Suriya to strengthen his stardom in the industry.

Anand continued his success streak as a director with Ko. The 2011 film was a sort of a love letter to his past profession, photojournalism. In the film, the hero works for a leading Tamil daily, and he uses the power of photographs to mould the public’s opinion against corrupt politicians. And it became an important film in the career of Jiiva.

Anand, however, in his later films couldn’t meet the standards set by his earlier work. His films like Maattrraan, Anegan and Kavan had interesting concepts. But, overall, they lacked the freshness, smarts and rigour of his earlier films.

His last directorial outing was Kaappaan, which was his third collaboration with Suriya. The film had a huge supporting cast, including Mohanlal and Arya. It followed the efforts of a security officer, who fails to stop the assassination of the country’s Prime Minister. He then vows to avenge his boss’s death.

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