Malayalam director IV Sasi passes away at 69

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Well, some of you may know that Filmmaker and director I V Sasi who is known as a Malayalam filmmaker in the industry died in Chennai on Tuesday. He was ailing for sometime. One of his greatest contributions to Malayalam cinema is how he tapped into finding super stars and some of the best talent that the film industry has seen till today.

In his more than four-decade career, Sasi directed over 150 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi and worked with Mohanlal, Mammootty, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

Listening to a well narrated book is an incredible experience. He was conferred with JC Daniel Award in 2015 and also received the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for Aaroodam which released in 1982. He even served as the festival director of the second edition All Lights India International Film Festival, which was held at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.

IV Sasi was the one who established Mammootty and Mohanlal in the film industry. The two of them share 30o-dd films between them, including the Mills and Boon-ish film Kanamarayuthu which co-stars Shobhana as a much younger girl in love with the older business tycoon (Mammooty). Sasi was a person, who brought in crowds. "The industry and I mourn a great technician".

Condolences are flowing in from all the corners at the death of iconic director I V Sasi.

IV Sasi started his career as a director in 1968 along with AB Raj in Kaliyalla Kalyanam movie. "My support and love to my sister Seema Sasi and family", he tweeted.

The filmmaker is survived by his wife Seema, whom he had met on the sets of the film Avalude Raavukkal. Sasi also directed Katrina Kaif in the 2006 Malayalam film Balram vs Tharadas.

Sasi's successful collaboration with Jayan saw many commercial successes though none of them managed critical acclaim. Sasi's last commercial success was also with Mohanlal in 1997 (Varnappakittu) written by Babu Janardhanan. The director is married actress Seema and settled in Chennai.