Malayalam director I V Sasi passes away in Chennai
Malayalam film director I V Sasi, 69, who has made over 150 Indian films in various languages passed away on Tuesday morning.
Sasi was undergoing treatment in Chennai and the end came at his residence in Saligramam. His wife Seema confirmed the death news.
His last rites will be conducted once his daughter, who is based in Australia, reaches here, according to sources in the know of developments.
Sasi is known for his South Indian films of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He had directed Hindi films during the 1980s as well.
Born in 1948, Sasi was married to Malayalam actress Seema. He had met her on the set of his film Avalude Raavukkal.
Both Sasi and Seema worked together in more than 30 movies.
The couple have two children, daughter Anu and son Ani. Anu has acted in Symphony, directed by her father. Ani has completed Visual Communication from Loyola College, Chennai and is an budding director himself.
Sasi began his film career as an art director and his first film was at the age of 27. His first film was Ulsavam and he was known for his directorial style.
Sasi's films stood out for their elaborate sets and ensemble cast. The stories that he primarily dealt with were about the struggles of the working class.
Sasi's glorious career as a director began after the stupendous success of "Avalude Raavukal" (Her Nights) in 1978. It told the tale of a prostitute, a role essayed by Seema who later became the director's wife.
In the two decades starting in the 1980s, Mammootty and Mohanlal established themselves in the category of superstars. Of the nearly 150 films that Sasi directed, Mammootty starred in more than three dozen of them.
Mohanlal's hit movie "Devasuram", scripted by Ranjith, was directed by Sasi. The two superstars also acted together in a dozen of Sasi's films.
Sasi's biggest hit "Angadi", released in 1980, starred Jayan. They worked in six films.
Sasi's magic last worked in 2003 when "Balram Vs Tharadas" met with reasonable success. After that, he did just one film. Since then, he was cooling his heels in Chennai, while his wife Seema found more visibility on TV screens than on the silver screen.
Some of his superhit films are Avalude Raavukal, Devaasuram, Guru, Eeta, Angaadi, Anubhavam, Ayalkari, Inspector Balram, 1921, Vellathooval, Balram vs Tharadas, Sradha among others.
He has won the best art director award for Anubhavam in 1976, Best popular film award in 1988 for 1921, best director award in 1989 for his film Mrigaya.
In 2015, the Kerala government presented him with the J C Daniel Award, the highest film honour in the state, in recognition for his overall contribution to the film industry.
(With inputs from PTI, IANS)