IV Sasi, director of Chiru's Kaali, passes away

IV Sasi, director of Chiru's Kaali, passes away

V. Sasi passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. The filmmaker had been ailing for sometime. With over 150 films to his credit, Sasi was known for his work in between 1970-2000. "I salute the master of Malayalam movie industry who made the viewers and actors, including me, understand the basics of cinema".

Sasi's long-term friend and Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan tweeted: "My friend for 45 years I V Sasi is no more".

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IV Sasi also directed two Tamil films with Rajnikanth - Kaali and Ellaam Unn Kairaasi; the former was a hit. 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. Sasi was known to be instrumental in making both Mammootty and Mohanlal the big stars that they are today. Sasi was a person, who brought in crowds.

It is IV Sasi who introduced Rajinikanth to the Malayalam film industry in the film "Allaudinum Albudha villakum". "The industry and I mourn a great technician". He also directed Kamal Haasan in Eeta. In the year 1984, Sasi gave Mammootty some of his best films in Aalkkoottathil Thaniye, Aksharangal (both written by MT) and Kanamarayathu (written by Padmarajan) that are considered to be among the finest films made in Malayalam. 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 remembered by Mollywood for his wide-ranging knowledge of filmmaking right from art direction to cinematography and was described as a 'man of the masses.' Avalude Ravugal (Her Nights) 1978 starring his wife Seema was reportedly the first Malayalam film to receive "A" certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification. Sasi's last commercial success was also with Mohanlal in 1997 (Varnappakittu) written by Babu Janardhanan. He is survived by Malayalam actress Seema.