Rajini, Kamal, Mohanlal and others express grief at KV Anand's passing

The veteran cinematographer and director died following a cardiac arrest in Chennai.
KV Anand in blue shirt at an award function
KV Anand in blue shirt at an award function
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Veteran cinematographer and popular director KV Anand passed away in Chennai in the wee hours of April 30 following a cardiac arrest. He was 54. Film industry tracker Ramesh Bala tweeted that the director had passed away due to COVID-19 complications, and that his mortal remains will be sent to the Besant Nagar Electric Crematorium in Chennai.

Anand, who started his career as a photojournalist and then became a cinematographer and director, has worked with several stars like Suriya, Vijay Sethupathi, Dhanush and Mohanlal. He won the National Award for Best Cinematography for the Priyadarshan film Thenmavin Kombath in 1994. Interestingly, this was his debut film as cinematographer and he got the opportunity because ace cinematographer PC Sreeram under whom he worked was unavailable to do the film.

Anand went on to do cinematography for several well-known films such as Kadhal Desam, Mudhalvan and Sivaji. In 2005, he made his debut as director with the romantic thriller Kana Kandaen. His second film, Ayan, with Suriya came in 2009 and became a blockbuster. Centred on drug smuggling, the plot jumped across continents and was hailed as one of the best action thrillers made in Tamil cinema.

KV Anand's last film was also with Suriya. Kaappaan was on bio warfare and also starred Mohanlal, Arya and Sayyesshaa. The film came out in 2019.

Condolences poured in on social media from friends, members of the film industry and fans.

Superstar Rajinikanth said that he was deeply saddened and shocked by the news.

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan also mourned his passing, calling it a big loss for the industry.

Actor Mohanlal tweeted that KV Anand will forever remain in people's hearts.

Veteran journalist Prem Panicker tweeted that KV Anand was a close friend and recalled his humility and warmth.

Actor Allu Arjun called him a "wonderful cameraman, brilliant director and a very nice gentleman" while adding that he will always be missed.

Actor Siddharth, who made his debut with Shankar's Boys, in which KV Anand was the cinematographer, said that Anand was a "passionate, tremendously creative and most importantly, a really sweet and kind man".

Actor Aishwarya Rajesh also tweeted that she was shocked by the news.

Producer Dhananjayan said that he was "heartbroken" by the news.

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