I.V. Sasi or Irruppam Veedu Sasidaran is a prominent film director known for directing more than 150 Indian films in various languages. He married a Malayalam actress, Seema, on 28 August 1980 and the couple has a daughter and a son by the names of Anu and Ani. The Sasidaran family lives in Chennai, where his son, Ani, studied at Loyola College in Visual Communication. His son is working towards becoming a director himself whereas his daughter, Anu, acted in the symphony, directed by Sasi. Symphony is a Malayalam movie produced by M. N. Thankachan. The movie is a debut for
Anu Sasi as well as the lead actor, Shiva. His wife, Seema, is known to have acted in over 250 movies in various languages including Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.
From introducing Rajinikanth in Mollywood to giving out the biggest hits in Malayalam film industry, I.V. Sasi made a unique impression on the films he directed. He started out his career as an art director and made his directorial debut with the movie, Ulsavam. In a time span of 34 years, he was known to have directed around 170 films, most of which were considered classics and were well received by the audience. With the film, Avalude Raavukai, which was such a huge hit, it was remade in various other languages including Hindi; Sasi got his lasting fame in the South Indian Film Industry. It was during the filming of Avalude Ravukai; Sasi fell in love with his wife, who was the lead actress in the movie. I.V. Sasi is also known to have given various actors their first break in the industry. Famous actors such as Mohanlal, Mammootty, and
Kamal Haasan benefitted quite a lot from Sasi’s direction. One of the most renowned actors to have stood out in the South Indian film industry, Rajinikanth, was introduced to the Malayalam cinema with the movie, Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum, with the role of Kamaruddin along with actors such as Kamal Hassan as Allauddin and
Gemini Ganesan as Meergha Singh. Sasi was known to have directed films in various genres including war-themed movies and movies about child marriage. I V Sasi has worked in various films with Kamal Haasan and he has said once that he maintains a brotherly bond with the veteran actor.
I.V. Sasi won awards in many categories in both National and State Awards. He is the holder of the J.C. Daniel Award, which is an annual award given by the Government of Kerala to honor lifetime achievements and exceptional contribution to the Malayalam cinema, in 2014. He won the Nargis Dutt Award for the Best Feature Film on National Integration for the movie Aaroodam in 1982. The movie featured his wife, Seema and
Nedumudi Venu in lead roles. He won over four Kerala State Film Awards under the category of Best Art Director in 1976 for the movie, Anubhavam, Second Best Film in 1984 for Aalkkoottathil Thaniye, Best Popular Film in 1988 for the movie 1921 and Best Director in 1989 for Mrigaya. He is also the holder of various Filmfare Awards in the South Indian film industry. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual
Filmfare Awards South ceremony. For his long-lasting contribution to the Malayalam Film Industry, Sasi was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by EDPA (Ernakulam District Pravasi Association Riyadh) on Metro Fest 2016.