IV Sasi to be laid to rest today evening

Sasi started out as an art director in the late 1960s and directed his debut feature Utsavam in 1975. File

Legendary Indian director I.V. Sasi passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. The filmmaker had been ailing for sometime.

He had made a mark with his way of making a film in the industry, mesmerising a multitude to do his bidding in front of the camera.

In a career spanning close to four decades in which he also helmed some Tamil and Hindi projects, Sasi directed almost 150 films.

Among Sasi's notable Hindi films were Patita (1980) starring Mithun Chakraborthy and the Kanamarayathu-remake Anokha Rishta (1986) with Rajesh Khanna in the lead.

Listening to a well narrated book is an incredible experience. Sasi had been honoured with the Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on national integration in 1982 for Aarodaam. He even served as the festival director of the second edition All Lights India International Film Festival, which was held at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.

Mourning his death, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he was a film-maker who rewrote the conventional formula in the Malayalam film industry.

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He was survived by his wife Seema, a popular actress of yesteryears, daughter Anu and son Ani.

Calling him the "master of Malayalam movie industry", Mohanlal said, "Portraying the life of commoners, I V Sasi was a man who created wonders on the silver screen".

"The demise of I V Sasi, who has given us evergreen hits and has directed the most number of movies in Malayalam, is a loss that can not be compensated". Sasi was a person, who brought in crowds.

Sasi's glorious career as a director began after the stupendous success of "Avalude Raavukal" (Her Nights) in 1978. At a time when an aging Prem Nazir and Madhu were the reigning superstars in the industry, Sasi gave meaty parts to less established stars like Vincent, Soman, Sukumaran, Ravikumar, Jayan and a young Kamal Haasan.

He was one of the few directors who transcended the fine line that separated critically acclaimed films and mass movies. Many of his movies with technical perfection and huge star cast were milestones films in the Malayalam film world. After that, he did just one film.

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