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Remembering a legend: Five iconic IV Sasi movies that shaped Mollywood

Noted Malayalam filmmaker I.V. Sasi passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. Sasi started his career as an art director and after his first couple of films as director went uncredited, he finally debuted officially with Utsavam in 1975, at the age of 27.

Sasi was prepping to make a comeback after a gap of nearly eight years after the film Vellathooval, starring Rejit Menon and Nithya Menon.

A sad day for Indian cinema as iconic film director IV Sasi passed away today. This was the most fruitful period in his career as his films not only made moolah at the box office, but were also critically acclaimed.

He had also directed Hindi films during this period.

Mammootty and Mohanlal continued to act together in films till Sasi's 1987 drama Adimakal Udamakal that saw both getting equal parts.

In the two decades starting in the 1980s, Mammootty and Mohanlal established themselves in the category of superstars. With over 150 films to his credit, Sasi was known for his work in between 1970-2000. "We decided to make the movie in Hindi because such a big project would be impossible in Malayalam". His last big hit with Mammootty was Inspector Balram (1991) that saw the superstar repeating his hit character in Avanazhi (1986) directed by Sasi.

In that sense, Sasi was the first filmmaker who made stars out of actors, without losing the value for story or craft. She wrote she has worked with this dynamic director.

This filmmaker dominated Malayalam cinema through his creative partnerships with some of the most celebrated writers of the time such as Jnanpith laureate MT Vasudevan Nair and other great Malayalam storytellers of the time such as T Damodaran and P Padmarajan. Though the movie dealt with a risque theme, Sasi, made the film a success with his deft handling of the subject.

Sasi's long-term friend and Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan tweeted: "My friend for 45 years I V Sasi is no more".

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