Acclaimed Malayalam film director IV Sasi died at his Chennai residence on Tuesday. He was 69. He made 80's blockbusters like Aaroodam and Ee Naadu which were loved for their social and political commentary. Sasi was ailing for some time and is survived by his wife, the popular yesteryear actress Seema, a son and a daughter.
With over 150 films to his credit and a career spanning close to four decades, Sasi was a popular name in the Malayalam film industry. Some of his popular films included Anubhavam, Aavanazhi, Aalkkoottathil Thaniye, 1921, Mrigaya and Devasuram.
He kicked off his career as an art director for Kaliyalla Kalyanam in 1968. But the first film which established him in the Malayalam film industry was Avalude Raavukal. It is still remembered as one of his best works. He is also credited with discovering Malayalam superstar Mohanlal through his direction Ineyengillum. The movie gave Mohanlal his first break as a co-hero. IV Sasi also introduced another Malayalam superstar Mammootty as the lead in Thrishna.
IV Sasi also directed films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. He had a brief foray in Bollywood in the 80's with Karishma, a remake of Bharatiraja's Kamal Haasan starrer Tik Tik Tik. His most renowned Hindi film was Anokha Rishta, starring Rajesh Khanna and Smita Patil, which was a remake of his own blockbuster Kanamarayathu.In 1983, he bagged the Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on national integration for his much appreciated film Aaroodam. In addition to winning the state award for best direction twice, he also was also honoured with JC Daniel Award in 2015.