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

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Chennai: Eminent Malayalam filmmaker I V Sasi, who died Tuesday, will be laid to rest in Porur here Wednesday evening.

Irruppam Veedu Sasidharan was born in Kozhikode in March 1948 and began his career in the role of an art director.

His debut feature film as a director was Utsavam which released in 1975 and starred Srividya, Sankaradi, Raghavan and Sukumaran in lead roles.

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He also helmed several critically acclaimed films like Alkoottathil Thaniye, Kanamarayathu, Aksharangal andVadakaykkoru Hrudayam. Seema, who played the title character of a teenage sex worker in the film, was Sasi's find and he would go on to marry her in 1980.

Sasi's long-term friend Kamal Haasan tweeted: "My friend for 45 years I.V. Sasi is no more". In fact, he was responsible for Mammootty and Mohanlal's growing stardom. "We had been in discussions on a film together, it's my personal loss!" Mohanlal's big breaks also came through IV Sasi's movies, of which the most popular one remains "Devasuram". The upcoming movie will be made in English to cater the global audience, while it will be dubbed in multiple languages including Hindi, Portuguese, Italian, French, Russian, Arabic, German, Greek, Spanish and Nigerian, among others. Even today, Mammootty's performances in "Thrishna" and "Mrigaya" and "Inspector Balram" are much-loved hits with the masses.

Sasi's magic last worked in 2003 when "Balram Vs Tharadas" met with reasonable success. Actor Mamukkoya remembered Sasi as a man who breathed and live cinema. He was also credited with contributing to the mega star image of Mammotty. It was in this room that Sasi always stayed when he directed his films in this city. In a career spanning four-decades, I.V. Sasi has directed more than 150 films including Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi films.