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IV Sasi... we will miss you sir: Mollywood grieve their loss

25 October 2017, 01:06 | Franklin Nunez

Legendary director IV Sasi, who made Mammootty and Mohanlal superstars, dies

Filmmaker IV Sasi passes away

I. V. Sasi had problems in breathing and passed away around 11.15 am on his way to the Surya hospital in Chennai.

Credit: twitter.comIV Sasi started his career as an art director with the 1968 release Kaliyalla Kalyanam. He started his directorial career officially in 1975 with the film "Ulsavam", and his last film was "Vella Thooval" in 2009. Malayalam Film industry regards I V Sasi as a super hit maker or master director or master technician. I.V. Sasi has changed the scenario of Malayalam cinema from 1970's with his fantastic presentation and technical skills.

I.V Sasi played a key role in turning actors like Mammootty, Mohanlal, Jayan, Sukumaran, Soman, Vincent and Seema into stars. Sasi has also directed Rajinikanth (Kaali/Allauddinum Albutha Vilakkum) and Kamal Haasan (Guru / Eeta / Vrutham / Allauddinum Albutha Vilakkum).

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V. Sasi married Malayalam film actress Seema on 28 August 1980. They have worked together on many films since then and have two children. A recipient of several prestigious awards, IV Sasi had been awarded the Nargis Dutt Award for best film on national integration for the film "Aaroodam".

Mammootty and Sasi collaborated on more than 35 films, including "Mrugaya", "Inspector Balram" and "Ee Nadu". Mohanlal said, "A great artist who celebrated the life of common man on screen, he is the master who made the cinema artists including me and the viewers, students of cinema". Actor Kamal Haasan wrote, "My friend for 45 years IV Sasi is no more. My support and love to my sister Seema Sasi and family". He created an Era of his own in Malayalam Cinema.

RIP, IV Sasi. His works stand testimony to his dedication to the field and he will always be missed by the Indian film fraternity. "Have fond memories of him from my childhood", wrote Dulquer Salmaan. "So many personal memories".

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