Noted Malayalam Filmmaker IV Sasi Dies At 69 In Chennai

Noted Malayalam Filmmaker IV Sasi Dies At 69 In Chennai

Reportedly, he breathed his last even before he reached the hospital. This popular director has at least 170 films to his credit.

Sasi started out as an art director in the late 1960s and directed his debut feature, Utsavam, in 1975.

Kamal Haasan wrote on Twitter, "My friend for 45 years IV Sasi is no more". Since then she had been his favourite actress and the duo had worked with each other in more than 30 films.

He went on to marry Seema, who starred in several of his memorable films.

Amongst his biggest successes was the 1978 film "Avalude Ravukal", which established him in the Malayalam film industry.

He has also worked with Mohanlal in good number of movies with the blockbuster movie Devasuram being the prominent one among them.


The Mammootty-IV Sasi pair was a force to reckon with during the 1980s and delivered many hits together, including Vartha, Athirathram, Adiyozhukkukal and Ee Naadu.

Sasi worked with writers on diverse themes and had a prolific collaboration with writers, including the Jnanpith Award victor M T Vasudevan Nair.

He also directed Kamal Haasan in films like "Guru", "Allauddinum Arputha Vilakkum", "Karishma" and "Eeta". He is also one of the rare directors who had maximum films between 1970 and 1990. Other films with Rajinikanth include the Telugu-Tamil bilingual film "Kaali" and "Ellam Un Kairasi". His war-themed movie "1921", written by screenwriter T Damodaran, was the first Malayalam movie to be nominated in the Italian Film Festival.

He has directed Hindi and Tamil movies too.

I V Sasi served as the festival director of the second edition of All Lights India International Film Festival, which was held at Ramoji Film City, the world's largest film studio at Hyderabad, India from 24th to 27th Sept 2016.

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