Legendary filmmaker IV Sasi, who has made hundreds of films in Malayalam and Tamil, passed away in Chennai on Tuesday morning at the age of 69. After news broke of his death, condolences poured in from people in the film industry, both Tamil and Malayalam alike.
IV Sasi with wife and actor Seema (Photo by SK Mohan)
Having made more than 150 films in both the languages, Malayalam actor Jagadish remembered the customary white cap that Sasi would always wear, that has in fact become his distinct signature.
Speaking to Asianet News, Jagadish said: "He was someone who explored a variety of themes in his films. The films he did will always remain in our memories."
Reacting to Sasi's demise, Resul Pookutty said that the ace director had "rewritten the course of cinema."
Taking to Twitter, Resul said: The man who rewritten the course of mainstream Malayalam cinema #IVSasi is no more.We been discussion a film together,itâ€™s my personal loss!
The man who rewritten the course of mainstream Malayalam cinema #IVSasi is no more.We been discussion a film together,itâ€™s my personal loss!â€” resul pookutty (@resulp) October 24, 2017
Tamil actor, producer and director Manobala said that IV Sasi was a "wonderful human" and said that his death was a "great loss."
The famous director and wonderful human Thiru .IV.SASi no more..great loss seems chechi..RIPâ€” manobala (@manobalam) October 24, 2017
Calling him a "dynamimc director," actor Radhikaa Sarathkumar said that she was sad to hear about the director's death.
Sad to hear abt the passing away of film maker I.V.Sasi, hav worked with this dynamic director.Sympathies 2his wife Actress Seema &kids.â€” Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) October 24, 2017
Khushbu Sundar, who has worked with Sasi, said that the industry has lost a great technician.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement:
"He was a director who rewrote all the traditions of Malayalm cinema and also gave a speciality to all his characters. This time, the government had honoured him in a recent award function. He was pride of Kerala at the national level."
(Photo by SK Mohan)
Many from the film industry condoled the prominent director's death.
My friend for 45 years I.V.Sasi is no more. The industry & I mourn a great technician. My support & love to my sister Seema Sasi &familyâ€” Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) October 24, 2017
RIP I.V.Sasi sir! You will be truly missed! pic.twitter.com/96ukV7bNWoâ€” Nivin Pauly (@NivinOfficial) October 24, 2017
RIP Sasi uncle ! He created an Era of his own in Malayalam Cinema. Have fond memories of him from my childhood.â€” dulquer salmaan (@dulQuer) October 24, 2017