Legendary director IV Sasi, who made Mammootty and Mohanlal superstars, dies

Muriel Hammond
October 26, 2017

The legendary director, who made as many as 150 movies in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi, dominated the Mollywood industry for nearly four decades since 1970s. Seven years later, he made his debut as a director with Ulsavam.

Sasi has also directed few movies for Mohanlal including "Ineyengillum" and "Devaasuram". His most noted films so far include Alkoottathil Thaniye, Kanamarayathu, Aksharangal and Vadakaykkoru Hrudayam. IV Sasi has a career span of 32 years.

Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, in his condolence message remembered him as "one of the finest craftsmen in the film industry who shaped filmgoers' choice in Malayalam". The MD of Aries Group said he discussed about the film with Sasi even two days before the latter's death.

Sasi continued to work individually with both Mammootty and Mohanlal and most of these films went on to become superhits. 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. His last big hit with Mammootty was Inspector Balram (1991) that saw the superstar repeating his hit character in Avanazhi (1986) directed by Sasi. But most importantly, he was one of the few directors who transcended the fine line that separated critically acclaimed films and mass movies.

What made Sasi stand out from the rest was his masterful and gripping storytelling ability. Though his name was not mentioned in the credits, the film turned out to be a huge success.

Director IV Sasi had over 150 films in his repertoire and they included Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi films. Man Ke Aangan, Patita, Karishma were some of the Hindi films that the director directed in the 70s and 80s.

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