Veteran Malayalam director I.V. Sasi, best known for his films Avalude Ravukal and Devasuram, died here on Tuesday, sources close to the family said. It was to become an art director that he boarded a train to Chennai in 1968. His first directorial was Utsavam where he made an unconventional choice of casting a villain for a hero's role.
He had not directed any straight Telugu movie. This was the most fruitful period in his career as his films not only made moolah at the box office, but were also critically acclaimed. Actor Mohanlal has worked with director IV Sasi in numerous films and he is credited with introducing superstar Mammootty to the cinema with his film Thrishna.
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He went on to marry Seema, who starred in several of his memorable films.
Mourning his death, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he was a film-maker who rewrote the conventional formula in the Malayalam film industry. The MD of Aries Group said he discussed about the film with Sasi even two days before the latter's death. Also, he had a very long career and he did more than 150 films in his life. While he directed the first color cinema in Malayalam, Itha Ivide Varae (1977), he also made the first Cinemascope movie, Alavuddinum Athbhudhavilakum (1979). He was one of those directors who could effortlessly combine commercial elements with powerful stories. Actor Mamukkoya remembered Sasi as a man who breathed and live cinema. Sasi's last commercial success was also with Mohanlal in 1997 (Varnappakittu) written by Babu Janardhanan. He was one of the filmmakers, who understood the aesthetics of revolution.
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In a career spanning close to four decades in which he also helmed some Tamil and Hindi projects, Sasi directed almost 150 films. It was in this room that Sasi always stayed when he directed his films in this city.
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