Noted filmmaker KR Mohanan died in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, his family said. He was 69.
His prominent films include "Ashwathama" (1978), "Purushartham" (1987) and "Swaroopam" (1992). He was also an accomplished documentary filmmaker.
Based on Madambu Kunjikuttan's novel, his debut feature 'Aswathama' revolves depicted the life of a man who is dissatisfied with customs and plunges into depravity.
His film 'Swaroopam' with Sreenivasan in the lead won national award for best Malayalam film in 1992.
Recalling his contribution, Bina Paul, vice-chairperson, Chalachithra academy said, "He was very clear about his notion of movies. We had learnt so much from his guidance in the conduct of film festivals which have always helped me with regard to organising film festivals.‚ÄĚ
A graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, Mohanan played a key role in setting up the CPI-M-backed Kairali TV in the nineties and also headed the programme division of the channel during its formative period.
He also headed the Kerala State Chalachithra Academy.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Mohanan had brought laurels to the Malayalam film industry and played a stellar role in popularising the International Film Festival of Kerala.
State culture minister AK Balan said that his death is a profound loss for Kerala‚Äôs film industry.
His last rites will be held in his home district Thrissur on Monday.
(With IANS inputs)