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KV Anand (1966-2021): ‘Indian cinema has lost another gem’

Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand passed away on Friday in Chennai due to Covid-19 related complications. He was 54.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 30, 2021 4:58:27 pm
kv anandDirector-cinematographer KV Anand passed away on Friday. (Photo: Gautham Karthik/Twitter)

Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand died on Friday in Chennai due to Covid-19 related complications. He was 54. His last rites took place at Besant Nagar crematorium in Chennai.

Anand started his career as a freelance photojournalist before he started assisting award-winning cinematographer PC Sreeram. He worked with Sreeram on Tamil films such as Kamal Haasan’s Devar Magan and Mani Ratnam’s Thiruda Thiruda in the early 90s. It is said Sreeram was too busy when director Priyadarshan approached him for his new project at the time. So Sreeram recommended Anand’s name to Priyadarshan for the 1996 film Thenmavin Kombath. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Anand won the National Film Award for Best cinematography for that film, which had Mohanlal and Shobana in the lead roles. He went on to shoot some remarkable films across many Indian languages including Minnaram, Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam and Kadhal Desam. He was director Shankar’s go-to cameraman after they collaborated for the first time for the blockbuster political drama Mudhalvan (1999). Later, Anand also shot Shankar’s Boys (2003) and Sivaji (2007). He also cranked the camera for Bollywood films Josh (2000), Nayak: The Real Hero (Hindi remake of Mudhalvan), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Khakee (2004).

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Celebrities are paying their condolences to cinematographer KV Anand

15:02 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Gone too soon'

"Shocking ... K.V. Anand sir .. another great talent .. gone too soon ... polite person.... condolences to the family .... #RIP Sir," shared Dhivya Dharshini on Twitter.

15:00 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'We are heartbroken'

"A wonderful human being & a great well wisher to us, #KVAnand sir, we are heartbroken. Indian Cinema lost another talented cameraman and director, @anavenkat is no more. Condolences to his family," shared Vyjanthi Movies on Twitter.

14:00 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Absolutely shocked'

"Absolutely shocked.. #RIPKVAnand sir.. Gone too soon! Heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones," shared Anirudh Ravichander on twitter.

13:40 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'So young and highly talented'

"Shell Shocked to hear that noted cinematographer turned top director #KVAnand (54) passed away early today morning due to a massive heart attack! So young and highly talented,what a loss! #RIPKVAnand," tweeted Sreedhar Pillai.

13:10 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'You are irreplaceable'

"I was lucky enough to work with the legendary K.V. Anand sir & got a chance to see what a gem of a person he was. He gave me my most memorable movie in the Tamil film Industry. Sir, you are irreplaceable. My deepest condolences to the family. Om Shanti #GoneTooSoon," shared Tamannaah Bhatia.

13:06 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'The visual magician whose frames fascinate us forever'

"The visual magician whose frames fascinate us forever! #RIPKVAnand," tweeted Sun Pictures.

12:51 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Shocked and deeply saddened'

"Shocked and deeply saddened to wake to this horrible news! #RIPKVAnand," shared actor Prasanna.

12:50 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'You were gone before we knew it'

"No farewell words were spoken, there was no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why, It’s sad when the person who gave you memories becomes one. Gone too soon sir but we loved you enough for a lifetime. #KvAnand #Ripkvanand," shared Chirag Jani on Twitter.

12:49 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'An ambitious filmmaker who strived to present something new to us time and again'

"#Maattrraan's conjoined twins Akilan-Vimalan, Rettai Kadhire song, the emotional interval block theme park fight, Yaaro Yaaro song - many memorable sequences from #KVAnand, an ambitious filmmaker who strived to present something new to us time & again! #RIPKVAnand," shared Kaushik LM on Twitter.

12:46 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Shocked to hear the news'

"Such a well mannered, soft spoken gentleman and a proven bundle of talent! Shocked to hear the news, strength to the family. #Ayan will forever be my favourite work of yours! #RIPKVAnand sir," shared Vikram Prabhu on Twitter.

12:45 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'One of the sweetest film makers in our industry'

"Shocked and completely heartbroken. One of the sweetest film makers in our industry and a lovely human being. You will be missed by all of us sir. Thank you for all the films and all the memories. It was a privilege to work with you #RIPKVAnand Sir," shared Archana Kalpathi on Twitter. 

12:43 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'My heart is heavy as I pray his soul rests in peace'

"Incredibly shocked and saddened... his work from the very beginning in thenmavin kombatthu directly influenced my love for cinema as a child, and shaped who I became today... My heart is heavy as I pray his soul rests in peace. #RIPKVAnand sir," wrote Kalyani Priyadarshan on Twitter.

12:42 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Shocking'

'Shocking..... #RIPKVAnand sir!!,' wrote Arun Vijay on Twitter.

12:34 (IST)30 Apr 2021
Silambarasan TR offered his condolences
12:15 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'RIP KV Anand sir'

"RIP KV Anand sir!," shared Dulquer Salmaan.

12:03 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Unbelievable'

"Unbelievable and shocking news. Heartbroken. I wish this is not true. Will miss you sir. Gone too soon," shared Arya on Twitter.

11:52 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'This is heartbreaking'

"This is heartbreaking! Rest in peace sir. You will be truly missed. Condolences to the family. May God give them strength  #RIPKVAnand," shared Vedhika.

11:50 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'You will be always part of me my friend'

"#RIPKVAnand Left us too soon. You will be always part of me my friend. Farewell," tweeted PC Sreeram.

11:47 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Our sincere condolences'

"The soft spoken and kind legend thiru KV Anand’s demise has left a huge void in us. Our sincere condolences," shared Santhosh Narayanan.

11:42 (IST)30 Apr 2021
'Very disheartening news'

"Very disheartening news to wake up to K.V. Anand sir's demise. A distinguished cinematographer and director who excelled in his craft, we have immense respect for every contribution you have made for Indian Cinema. #RIPKVAnand sir, my prayers are with you and your family," tweeted Keerthy Suresh.

Anand made his directorial debut with the 2005 movie Kana Kandaen. He went on to helm films like Ayan, Ko, Maattrraan, Anegan, Kavan and Kaappaan.

Anand's untimely passing has passed a shock wave across the industry, which is still mourning the death of comedy icon Vivek.

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