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IV Sasi, Renowned Malayalam Film Director, Passes Away

With over 150 films to his credit, Sasi was a popular name in the Malayalam film industry.


Updated:October 24, 2017, 4:33 PM IST
IV Sasi, Renowned Malayalam Film Director, Passes Away
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Malayalam film director IV Sasi who made 80's blockbusters like Aaroodam and Ee Naadu which were loved for their social and political commentary died on Tuesday at his Chennai residence. He was 69.

With over 150 films to his credit, Sasi a popular name in the Malayalam film industry.

Some of his popular films included AnubhavamAavanazhi, Aalkkoottathil Thaniye, 1921, Mrigaya and Devasuram.

He kicked off his career as an art director for Kaliyalla Kalyanam in 1968.

Many of Sasi's films were loaded with serious social commentary, but the film which first shot him into limelight was the 1978 drama Avalude Ravukal on the life of a teenage prostitute. It was quite bold for those times and was the first Malayalam film to win an 'A' certificate.

In 1982, he bagged the National Award for the best feature film on national integration for his much appreciated film Aroodam. In addition to winning the state award for best direction twice, he also was also honoured with JC Daniel Award in 2015.

Sasi also had brief forays in Bollywood in the 80's - first with Karishma, a remake of Bharatiraja's Kamal Haasan starrer Tik Tik Tik and then with Anokha Rishta starring Rajesh Khanna, which was a remake of his own blockbuster Kanamarayathu.

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