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Malayalam ace director IV Sasi passes away

KOCHI Oct 26: Malayalam film director IV Sasi, who has more than 150 movies to his credit, died on October 24, at the age of 69. He was undergoing treatment for age-related ailments and breathed his last at a hospital in Chennai.
He was a celebrated director and had helmed many popular films in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi genres from 1970s to 1990s. Known for his treatment of revolutionary subjects, the director's acclaimed works include Anubhavam, Aavanazhi, Aalkkoottathil Thaniye, 1921, Mrigaya, Angaadi, Avalude Raavukal and so on.
It was Sasi who introduced actress Seema to the Malayalam cinema industry through the hit film Avalude Raavukal. The beautiful actress of Molywood later became the director's life partner and held his hand till his death.
Sasi started his film career as an art director at the age of 27 and later carved a niche as a filmmaker in the Malayalam industry with his debut film Ulsavam.
IV Sasi was also the director, who helped mega stars Mamootty and Mohanlal to create a strong base in the film industry. His directorial Devasuram scripted by Ranjith was one of the runaway hits that helped Mohanlal to evolve as an actor.
In 1982, his film Aroodam earned the National Film Award for the Best Film on National Integration. He was also declared as the Best director by the Kerala State Film Awards for his film Mrigaya, in 1989.
Sasi and Seema have two children, daughter Anu and son Ani. Anu has acted in Symphony, directed by Sasi himself, while Ani has completed Visual Communication from Loyola College, Chennai is an aspiring director.