Legendary filmmaker IV Sasi passes away at 69

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 started his directorial career officially in 1975 with the film "Ulsavam", and his last film was "Vella Thooval" in 2009.

A sad day for Indian cinema as iconic film director IV Sasi passed away today. His projects Devasuram, Aalkootathil Thaniye, Adiyozhukukal, Athirathram went on to become superhits, earning him a cult following. The MD of Aries Group said he discussed about the film with Sasi even two days before the latter's death. His last big hit with Mammootty was Inspector Balram (1991) that saw the superstar repeating his hit character in Avanazhi (1986) directed by Sasi.

IV Sasi was known primarily for his Malayalam films which were popular at the box office. Later on, he worked on Avalude Ravukal that was categorised as a classic and also have the remake in Hindi. Actor Mamukkoya remembered Sasi as a man who breathed and live cinema. She wrote she has worked with this dynamic director. But most importantly, he was one of the few directors who transcended the fine line that separated critically acclaimed films and mass movies.

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In 2006, after overcoming a lot of obstacles, Sasi made an ambitious comeback with the Mammootty-Katrina Kaif-starrer Balram vs Taradas, where the mega star played both the title characters he played in earlier blockbusters made by Sasi. Though his name was not mentioned in the credits, the film turned out to be a huge success.

In a career spanning close to four decades in which he also helmed some Tamil and Hindi projects, Sasi directed almost 150 films. In Hindi, he directed films like Karishmaa which starred Kamal Haasan, Reena Roy, Tina Munim among others and released in 1984.


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