IV Sasi, National Award-winning Malayalam filmmaker, passes away aged 67

IV Sasi, who has directed over 150 films in a career spanning more than four decades, passed away after battling a longtime illness.

FP Staff October 24, 2017 12:21:14 IST
IV Sasi, National Award-winning Malayalam filmmaker, passes away aged 67

Chennai: Acclaimed Malayalam film director IV Sasi died here on Tuesday, according to family sources. He was 67.

He was ailing for sometime. He is survived by his wife, the popular yesteryear actress Seema, a son and a daughter.

In a career spanning close to four decades, he directed more than 150 films. He won the the Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on National Integration, for his 1983 film Aaroodam.

He is also credited with discovering Malayalam superstar Mohanlal as the filmmaker directed Ineyengillum, one of the first breaks of Mohanlal in the capacity of a co-hero. IV Sasi's collaboration with another Malayalam superstar Mammootty is also a celebrated one as Sasi introduced him as a hero in Thrishna. 

Sasi has also directed films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi though his most popular contribution to Indian cinema has been in the Malayalam film industry. His most renowned Hindi film is Anokha Rishta, starring Rajesh Khanna and Smita Patil.

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