Kochi: Famous film personality John Sankaramangalam (84) passed away near Thiruvalla on Monday. He was the former director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. 

John, who was a native of Eraviperoor  in Pathanamthitta, entered the film industry through experimental movies. He won two National and four State Film Awards. He was educated from Changanassery SB College and Madras Christian College. He became a teacher at Christian College when he was 19. Then he quit the job and took a diploma in Script Writing and Direction from Pune Film Institute and passed with first rank.

He has been writing scripts for dramas during studies. His maiden entry to film industry was as a script writer for the Tamil movie ‘Jayasree’. He has produced several documentaries for film division and state government.

His directorial titles include "Saramsham", "Samandaram", "Aval Alpam Vaikippoyi" and "Janma Bhoomi" He has received the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration and State Award for Best Cinematographer.

He was also an executive member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television), association of the world's major film and television schools founded in Cannes in 1955 and was former vice chairman of Kerala Chalachithra Academy.