Popular Malayalam filmmaker IV Sasi passes away

Malayalam filmmaker IV Sasi dies at 69 in Chennai

Malayalam filmmaker IV Sasi dies at 69 in Chennai

Noted Malayalam director I.V. Sasi (69) is no more.

Irruppam Veedu Sasidharan was born in Kozhikode in March 1948 and began his career in the role of an art director.

Sasi was prepping to make a comeback after a gap of nearly eight years after the film Vellathooval, starring Rejit Menon and Nithya Menon. In the vacuum left by Jayan's untimely death in late 1980, while most of the other directors persisted with Sukumaran and Soman, Sasi chose to give opportunities to the next generation of actors including Mammootty, Ratheesh and Mohanlal.

IV Sasi had worked with Mammotty in films like Thrishna and Mrugaya which were phenomenal hits and established Mammokka's stardom. Filmmaker M Padmakumar, who had assisted Sasi in abound 18 films said, "It is similar to taming an elephant that had turned violent with a mere glance". Actor Lalu Alex recalled that in those days people went to a Cinema to see IV Sasi movies, not superstar movies.

IV Sasi is also the only filmmaker to bring Mammotty and Mohanlal together for over a dozen films. He also had some Tamil and Hindi movies to his credit. His last big hit with Mammootty was Inspector Balram (1991) that saw the superstar repeating his hit character in Avanazhi (1986) directed by Sasi. He was one of those directors who could effortlessly combine commercial elements with powerful stories.

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Sasi's magic last worked in 2003 when "Balram Vs Tharadas" met with reasonable success.

"I was always in love with cinema", Sasi wrote on his Facebook wall when he announced the project. But most importantly, he was one of the few directors who transcended the fine line that separated critically acclaimed films and mass movies.

He has made around 150 films in various languages including Hindi.

IV Sasi has the distinction of directing Kamal Haasan in a Hindi film as well, apart from working with him in three Malayalam movies.

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