Popular director IV Sasi, who has helmed many hit movies in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi breathed his last at around 10:15 am on Tuesday, October 24 on the way to hospital from his residence in Chennai. He was undergoing treatment for age related ailments for quite some time now.
It is understood that Sasi was planning to visit her daughter Anu in Australia on Tuesday.
The late filmmaker, who has directed over 150 movies is known for his films Avalude Raavukal, Aalkkoottathil Thaniye, 1921, Anubhavam, Eeta, America America, Mrigaya, Inspector Balram, Bhoomika, Varnapakittu, Devasuram, Balram vs Tharadas, among many others, especially in 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Sasi, who made his debut as an art director in 1968 with AV Raja's movie Kaliyalla Kalyanam, directed his first film at the age of 27 though his name was not included in its credits. It was in 1975, when he officially made his debut as an independent filmmaker with Ulsavam starring Vincent and Srividya. Soon, he became a well-known face in the Mollywood industry for his unique style of filmmaking.
Sasi, who has bagged the prestigious JC Daniel Award in 2015, has given break to many superstars in Malayalam, including Mohanlal and Mammootty.
The late filmmaker is survived by his wife and actress Seema and children Anu and Ani. Seema and Sasi have associated in as many as 30 movies.
Check out how celebrities react to the demise of IV Sasi:
My friend for 45 years I.V.Sasi is no more. The industry & I mourn a great technician. My support & love to my sister Seema Sasi &family
Sad to hear abt the passing away of film maker I.V.Sasi, hav worked with this dynamic director.Sympathies 2his wife Actress Seema &kids.
One of the greatest film makers of mainstream Indian cinema bids goodbye. We will miss you Sasi sir! So many personal memories!
Adieu to the master craftsman!! A generation of fantastic films were born out of this man's vision. RIP Sasi Sir.. Prayers to the family!
It's saddening to know that the legend of Malayalam cinema – I V Sasi sir is no more. I grew up watching his movies and must say he was an icon who created movies that stood the test of time. He certainly bridged the gap between commerce and art in Malayalam cinema like nobody else before him could. What a remarkable innings he had in the Indian cinema industry. He will be truly missed!
RIP I V Sasi sir
V A Shrikumar Menon
Humble Pranams to the master craftsman of Malayalam Cinema!
From Nakhakhsathangal, Aalkoottathil Thaniye, Eenaadu to Tharadas, all your masterpieces are still our textbooks. We have lost a legend today. Rest In Peace!!
I.V Sasi Sir....the great film maker...May his soul rest in peace...
I.V. Sasi Sir... U will always be missed.. A big loss for us and the film industry! Pranamam
RIP IV SASI SIR
The Master Film maker has left us. Rest in peace I V Sasi Sir. Prayers . . .
R I P Legend IV Sasi sir..
Our very first Superstar filmmaker I.V Sasi
Rip IV Sasi sir.huge loss to the malayalam film industry.
K S Chithra
Very sad to hear that veteran film maker #IVSasi sir is no more. My Heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul Rest in peace. #RIP
The man who rewritten the course of mainstream Malayalam cinema #IVSasi is no more.We been discussion a film together,it's my personal loss!
My heartfelt condolences To Seema Ma'am & Family #RIP Director #IVSasi Sir
The famous director and wonderful human Thiru .IV.SASi no more..great loss seems chechi..RIP
We have lost r great technician n director #I.V.Sasi Sir ..heartfelt condolences to the family..1 of my best #Kolangal was his direction..
R.I.P I V Sasi Sir.
One of Malayalam's greatest hit makers.
Rest in peace I.V.Sasi Sir
Thank you for making superstars out of Mohanlal, Mammootty & Suresh Gopi.. the defining, irreplaceable immortal entity of Malayalam cinema - I V Sasi Sir. Peace.
The master craftsman who's created several blockbusters that were milestones in the film industry and in the careers of many of our superstars rests in peace...!! The anecdotes and tales of how he used to work day & night on different multi starrer films at the same time were hugely inspiring.....!! The mightiest director, our industry's ever seen.
RIP #IVSasi sir . You were an inspiration
Rest in Peace IV Sasi Sir.
Shocking to hear that I.V.Sasi uncle is no more...
RIP IV Sasi sir
One of the greatest craftsmen we have had in Indian Cinema, who tirelessly created several masterpieces back to back, in several languages, within the shortest time spans, with the biggest stars and strong content along with the greatest writers we have had.
A superstar and a legend among directors. RIP IV Sasi Sir. Thank you for all the legendary movies.