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The director, who began his film career as an art director, went on to become one of the most sought after filmmakers from 1970s to mid 1990s. His first directorial venture was "Ulsavam" which released in the year 1975. 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. "The project will be taken forward in the absence of I.V. Sasi and the film will be a tribute to the director", Roy said. On the other hand, he also gave Mohanlal the popularity with films like Ineyegillum and Devaasuram.
Even though IV Sasi lived in Chennai, and most of the cinema in the 80s used to be filmed in Chennai studios, Kerala was always rooted in the outdoors and stories from real life, even in the black and white times.
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Mammootty and Mohanlal continued to act together in films till Sasi's 1987 drama Adimakal Udamakal that saw both getting equal parts. "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. "I salute the master who made the viewers and actors, including me, understand the basics of cinema".
Sasi's magic last worked in 2003 when "Balram Vs Tharadas" met with reasonable success. Have worked with this dynamic director. He was also credited with contributing to the mega star image of Mammotty.
Among Sasi's notable Hindi films were Patita (1980) starring Mithun Chakraborthy and the Kanamarayathu-remake Anokha Rishta (1986) with Rajesh Khanna in the lead. Though the legendary filmmaker was known for his work in the Malayalam industry, he also directed a few Hindi and Tamil films in his 34-year-long filmi career.