Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away at 69

Camille Francis
October 26, 2017

The Tamil remake was produced by Kamal Haasan, under his Raajkamal Films International, and it was a serious film without songs.

"He will remembered for ever for his contribution to the popular Malayalam cinema industry", the chief minister said. Sathyaraj played the role of an emotionless, ruthless cop whose life takes him into direct conflict with a family of a dancer.

Malayalam renowned director I.V. Sasi died at age 69 today says report. Filmmaker M Padmakumar, who had assisted Sasi in abound 18 films said, "It is similar to taming an elephant that had turned violent with a mere glance".

Nivin Pauly, the youth icon of Malayalam cinema tweeted, "IV sasi sir - you will be truly missed". He was also credited with contributing to the mega star image of Mammotty.

In many ways, Mammotty's roles in IV Sasi's films came to herald the new age Malayali man - he was grim, educated, hardly smiled or romanced but was pined after by the woman for his good looks and high character, nearly flawless, almost heroic demeanor.

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Malayalam director IV Sasi is someone who even worked on Hindi films and met with reasonable success in Bollywood too.

The death of legendary Malayalam movie director IV Sasi truly marks the end of an era. In a career spanning four-decades, I.V. Sasi has directed more than 150 films including Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi films. Man Ke Aangan, Patita, Karishma were some of the Hindi films that the director directed in the 70s and 80s. He directed the two present-day superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth in Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum.

Multi-starrers were an IV Sasi trademark.

A director considered way ahead of his times, he was instrumental in introducing new aspects to filmmaking, and has been the recipient of awards such as National Film Awards and the Nargis Dutt award.

He was also a pioneer of sorts, helming films which were in the populist genre. But most importantly, he was one of the few directors who transcended the fine line that separated critically acclaimed films and mass movies. Some of his famous films include - Eeta, Mrigaya, 1921, Adimakal Udamakal, Inspector Balram, Devasuram, Avalude Raavukal. Sasi was a person, who brought in crowds.

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