The Kerala film industry plunged into sadness when the news came of ailing popular film director and script writer KR Sachidanandan passing away at a hospital in Thrissur on Thursday night, film industry sources said.
Popularly known as Sachy, the 48-year-old was recovering from a hip surgery when he suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a leading hospital in Thrissur.
The Malayalam film industry was engulfed in grief after the news of Sachy's demise surfaced. Actors Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nivin Pauly, John Abraham, Tovino Thomas and Dulquer Salaam were among those who shared condolences on social media.
You ll be terribly missed Sachietta!!😞 pic.twitter.com/FY0722hz28— Tovino Thomas (@ttovino) June 18, 2020
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RIP Sachi etta ! Feels like we met just the other day while Varane Avashyamund and Ayyapanum Koshyiyum dubs were going on simultaneously at the same studio. Your innings as a director made you a force to reckon with. I was such a fan of your work. Each film better than the other. A huge huge loss to our industry. Condolences and prayers to all those who loved you and knew you. 💔
Shocked to hear the sudden demise of Sachy ettan. Indeed a big loss to Malayalam cinema. May his soul rest in peace! pic.twitter.com/sWy7Au3O6V— Nivin Pauly (@NivinOfficial) June 18, 2020
Sachy, a practicing lawyer in the Kerala High Court, turned to the film industry first by jointly writing scripts before going solo. His second film as a director, 'Ayyapanum Koshyum', turned out to be the biggest grosser this year, till the lockdown kicked in.
His brief film career began in 2007, when he scripted the film, ‘Chocolate', along with Sethu with whom he wrote four more scripts.
He wrote his first solo script for the Mohanlal starrer, ‘Run Baby Run', in 2012 and went on to write another six scripts, which included ‘Anarkali' , his first film a as director, in 2015.
On Wednesday, his close aides, including leading film personalities like actor Prithviraj and Biju Menon, and directors Renjith and B. Unnikrishnan, joined hands to see how the best medical care could be given to him and even expressed their desire to hire an air ambulance to shift him to another hospital.
(With inputs from IANS)
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