I. V. Sasi

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I. V. Sasi
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Native name ഇരുപ്പം വീട് ശശിധരൻ
Born Irruppam Veedu Sasidaran
Kozhikode, Kerala State, India
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Seema
Children Anu, Ani

Irruppam Veedu Sasidaran, better known as I. V. Sasi, is an Indian film director who has made over 150 Indian films in various languages and genres. He is known for his South Indian films of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, primarily Malayalam films, although he has directed Hindi films during the 1980s as well.

He is also the winner of J. C. Daniel Award for the year 2015.


I. V. Sasi is married to Malayalam actress Seema on 28 August 1980.[1] met his wife, Malayalam actress Seema, on the sets of his film, Avalude Raavukkal. Ever since, she has been his favorite heroine. They have worked together in more than 30 movies. He has two children, daughter Anu and son Ani. Anu has acted in Symphony, directed by her father.Anu got married to Milan Nair on 10 December 2010. Ani was a student of Visual Communication at Loyola College, Chennai and is an aspiring director himself. I. V. Sasi lives with his family in Chennai.[2]


I. V. Sasi started his film career as an art director. Later, after working as an assistant director in some films, he directed his first film at the age of 27. Though his name was not mentioned in the credits, the film turned out to be a huge success. He started his directorial career officially with his first film Ulsavam. Soon he carved out a name for himself in the Malayalam film industry. His films were known for their uniqueness and always contained a stamp of his directorial style. I. V. Sasi has directed more than 170 odd films over a span of 34 years and has constantly delivered super hits and some of them classified as classics or good cinema. His Malayalam film Avalude Raavukal permanently established his name in the industry. This film was later dubbed into many other Indian languages including Hindi. It was the second film in Malayalam to be rated as "Adults only" even though it was a family drama.

One of Mohanlal's first breaks as a co-hero Ineyengillum was also directed by I. V. Sasi.He introduced Mammootty as a hero in his film Thrishna. He also introduced Jose. Other collaborations such as M.T. Vasudevan Nair-I. V. Sasi, Padmarajan-I. V. Sasi, and T.Damodaran-I. V. Sasi are well remembered. He worked with Mammootty on more than 35 films. He went on to direct one of Mohanlal's biggest hits, Devaasuram, which was scripted by Ranjith. He has directed films in several other languages, such as Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. He has directed Kamal Haasan in films like Guru, Alauddinum Arputha Vilakkum, Karishma and Eeta. He was the one who introduced Rajinikanth to Malayalam film industry through Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum in 1979. Other films with Rajinikanth include the Telugu-Tamil bilingual film Kaali and Ellam Un Kairasi. He has directed Hindi movies as Patita (Mithun Chakraborty), Anokha Rishta (Rajesh Khanna and Smita Patil), Pratishodh (1980), Karishma etc. He has directed Malayalam movies in many genres. His war-themed movie 1921, written by screenwriter T. Damodaran, was the first Malayalam movie to be nominated in the Italian Film Festival. His Ina was the first Malayalam movie about child marriage. In 1982, he shared The Indian National film Awards' "The Nargis Dutt award" for the best feature film on national integration for his film Aaroodam with its producer Rosamma George.


National Film Awards

  • 1982: The Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on National Integration - Aaroodam

Kerala State Film Awards

  • 1976: Best Art Director - Anubhavam
  • 1984: Second Best Film - Aalkkoottathil Thaniye
  • 1988: Best Popular Film - 1921
  • 1989: Best Director - Mrigaya

Filmfare Awards South

  • 1977: Best Director - Itha Ivide Vare
  • 1977: Best Film - Itha Ivide Vare
  • 1978: Best Director - Eetta
  • 1981: Best Film - Trishna
  • 1982: Best Film - Eenadu
  • 1988: Best Film - 1921
  • 2015: Lifetime Achievement Award[3]
  • 2016 : Lifetime Achievement Award by Ernakulam District Pravasi Association Riyadh(EDPA) for his eternal contribution to the Malayalam Film Industry on Metro Fest 2016

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Language Cast Script
1 1975 Utsavam Malayalam K.P. Ummer, Vincent, Raghavan, M. G. Soman, Sukumaran, Srividya, Rani Chandra Alleppy Sheriff
2. 1976 Anubhavam Malayalam Vincent, M. G. Soman, Sheela, Jayabharathi Alleppy Sherieff
3. 1976 Aalinganam Malayalam Vincent, Raghavan, K.P. Ummer, Sridevi, Rani Chandra, Ragini Alleppy Sherieff
4. 1976 Ayalkari Malayalam Vincent, M. G. Soman, Ravikumar, Jayabharathi Alleppy Sherieff
5. 1976 Abhinandanam Malayalam Vincent, K.P. Ummer, Adoor Bhasi, Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair, Sridevi Alleppy Sherieff
6. 1977 Aasheervaadam Malayalam Kamal Hassan, M. G. Soman, Jayan, Ravikumar, Sheela, Sridevi, Vidhubala Alleppy Sherieff
7. 1977 Anjali Malayalam Prem Nazir, M. G. Soman, Jayan, Sharada Alleppy Sherieff
8. 1977 Akale Aakaasham Malayalam Madhu, M. G. Soman, Vidhubala Alleppy Sherieff
9. 1977 Angeekaaram Malayalam Vincent, Jayan, Sukumaran, Ravikumar, Sridevi, Adoor Bhasi Alleppy Sherieff
10. 1977 Abhinivesham Malayalam Ravikumar, M. G. Soman, Jayan, Padmapriya, Sumithra, Sukumari Alleppy Sherieff
11. 1977 Itha Ivide Vare Malayalam M. G. Soman, Jayabharathi, Madhu, Jayan, Bahadoor, K. P. Ummer Padmarajan
12. 1977 Aa Nimisham Malayalam Madhu, Ravikumar, Sheela, Sridevi Alleppy Sherieff
13. 1977 Aanandam Paramaanandam Malayalam Kamal Hassan, Ravikumar, Janardanan, Bahadoor, Sripriya, Sukumari Alleppy Sherieff
14. 1977 Anthardaaham Malayalam Vincent, M. G. Soman, Bahadoor, Sridevi Alleppy Sherieff
15. 1977 Hridayame Sakshi Malayalam Prem Nazir, K.P. Ummer, Jayabharathi, Sharada Alleppy Sherieff
16. 1977 Innale Innu Malayalam Prem Nazir, Ravikumar, M. G. Soman, Sukumaran, Sheela, Vidhubala Alleppy Sherieff
17. 1977 Oonjaal Malayalam M. G. Soman, Sridevi, Rani Chandra, Adoor Bhasi, K. P. Ummer, Alleppy Sherieff
18. 1978 Ee Manohara Theeram Malayalam Madhu, Jayan, K.P. Ummer, Sukumaran, Ravikumar, Jayabharathi, Vidhubala,Rajakokila
19. 1978 Anumodanam Malayalam Kamal Hassan, M. G. Soman, Jayan, Seema
20. 1978 Avalude Ravukal Malayalam M. G. Soman, Ravikumar, Sukumaran, Seema, Alappey Sheriff
21. 1978 Amarsham Malayalam Prem Nazir, Ravikumar, Sheela
22. 1978 Ithaa Oru Manushyan Malayalam Madhu, Jayan, K. P. Ummer, Sheela, Kuthiravattom Pappu, Adoor Bhasi
23. 1978 Vadakakku Oru Hridayam Malayalam Madhu, M. G. Soman, Raghavan, Jayabharathi, Sukumari Padmarajan
24. 1978 Njan Njan Mathram Malayalam Madhu, M. G. Soman, Jose, Seema
25. 1978 Eeta Malayalam Madhu, Kamal Hassan, M. G. Soman, Janardanan, Jose Prakash, Sheela, Seema Rajamani, Allappey Sheriff
27. 1978 Iniyum Puzhayozhukum Malayalam M. G. Soman, Jayan, Sathaar, Jose, Lakshmi, Vidhubala, Bahadoor Alleppy Sherieff
28. 1979 Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum Malayalam Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Jayabharathi, Sukumari Alleppy Sherieff
29. 1979 Pagalil Oru Iravu Tamil Sridevi, Sukumari
30. 1979 Manasa Vacha Karmana Malayalam M. G. Soman, Sukumaran, Jayabharathi, Seema, K. P. A. C. Sunny Alleppy Sherieff
31. 1979 Man Ka Aangan Hindi
32. 1979 Anubhavangale Nanni Malayalam Madhu, Seema Alleppy Sherieff
33. 1979 Ezhamkadalinakkare Malayalam M. G. Soman, Ravikumar, Janardanan, Padmini, K. R. Vijaya, Seema Alleppy Sherieff
34. 1979 Aarattu Malayalam Jose, Vincent, Balan K. Nair,Shoma Anand, Seema T.Damodaran
35. 1980 Patita Hindi Vikram, Raj Kiran
36. 1980 Ivar Malayalaam Raghavan, M. G. Soman, Sukumaran, Ravikumar, Jose, Sankaradi, Balan K. Nair, Sharada, Seema, Silk Smitha, Sukumari
37. 1980 Angaadi Malayalam Jayan, Sukumaran, Ravikumar, Jose, Seema, Ambika, Raghavan, Nanditha Bose, Sukumari T.Damodaran
38. 1980 Kaanthavalayam Malayalam Jayan, Mohan Sharma, Ravikumar, Seema T.Damodaran
39. 1980 Karimpana Malayalam Jayan, Ravi Menon, Seema, Prameela, Adoor Bhasi, Balan K. Nair T.Damodaran
40. 1980 Meen Malayalam Jayan, Madhu, Jose, Lalu Alex, Kuthiravattom Pappu, Srividya, Seema, Ambika T. Damodaran
41. 1980 Guru Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sridevi
42. 1980 Ashwaradham Malayalaam Raveendran, Ravikumar, K. P. Ummer, Srividya, Nithya
44. 1980 Ellam Un Kairasi Tamil Rajinikanth, Seema
45. 1980 Kaali Tamil Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Sripriya
46. 1981 Orikkal Koodi Malayalaam Madhu, Ravikumar, Lakshmi, Sukumaran,, Sukumari
47. 1981 Thushaaram Malayalaam Ratheesh, Jose, Seema, Ranipadmini, Balan K. Nair, Lalu Alex
48. 1981 Thrishna Malayalam Mammootty, Ratheesh, Rajkumar Sethupathi, Lalu Alex, Jose Prakash, Swapna, Rajalakshmi, Sankaradi M. T. Vasudevan Nair
49. 1981 Hamsa Geetham Malayalam Ratheesh, Seema,
50. 1981 Ahimsa Malayalam Sukumaran, Mammootty, Ratheesh, Mohanlal, Jose, Sathaar, Lalu Alex, Seema, Swapna, Rajalakshmi, Sukumari T.Damodaran
51. 1982 Ee Naadu Malayalam Mammootty, Ratheesh, Raveendran, Lalu Alex, Krishnachandran, Sreenivasan, Balan K. Nair, Sathaar, Shubha, Surekha, T.Damodaran
52. 1982 Ina Malayalam Karan, Devi John Paul
53. 1982 Thadakam Malayalam Mammootty, Ratheesh, Balan K. Nair, Seema, Sumalatha, Surekha, Bheeman Raghu T.Damodaran
54. 1982 John Jaffer Janardhanan Malayalam Mammootty, Ratheesh, Raveendran, Swapna, Madhavi, Sumalatha, Lalu Alex T.Damodaran
55. 1982 Sindoora Sandhyakku Mounam Malayalam Ratheesh, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Prathap K. Pothan, Raveendran, Seema, Lakshmi, Madhavi, S. Balakrishnan, Priyadarsan
56. 1982 Innallenkil Naale Malayalam Mammootty, Ratheesh, Raveendran, Rajkumar Sethupathi, Seema, Unnimary, Lalu Alex,, Sukumari T.Damodaran
57. 1983 America America Malayalam Mammootty, Lakshmi, Seema, Ratheesh, Balan K. Nair T.Damodaran
58. 1983 Iniyengilum Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, Ratheesh, Lalu Alex T.Damodaran
59. 1983 Naanayam Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, K. P. Ummar, Madhu, Srividya, Poornima Jayaram, Sukumari T.Damodaran
60. 1983 Kaikeyi Malayalam Prathap K. Pothan, Poornima Jayaram Padmarajan
61. 1983 Aaroodam Malayalam Nedumudi Venu, Seema M. T. Vasudevan Nair
62. 1984 Uyarangalil Malayalam Mohanlal, Ratheesh, Nedumudi Venu, Janardhanan, Rahman, Kajal Kiran, Swapna M. T. Vasudevan Nair
63. 1984 Athirathram Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Shankar Panikkar, Raveendran, lalu Alex, Captain Raju, Seema, Sukumari John Paul
64. 1984 Lakshman Rekha Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, K. P. Ummer, Kalaranjini, Janardhanan P. V Kuriakose
65. 1984 Aalkkoottathil Thaniye Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, Balan K. Nair, Unnimary, Adoor Bhasi, Sukumari M. T. Vasudevan Nair
66. 1984 Adiyozhukkukal Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Vincent, Seema, Janardhanan, Rahman, Menaka, Sukumari M. T. Vasudevan Nair
67. 1984 Karishma Hindi Kamal Hassan, Reena Roy, Tina Munim Sachin Bhowmik
68. 1984 Aksharangal Malayalam Mammootty, Seema, Suhasini Bharath Gopi M. T. Vasudevan Nair
69. 1984 Kanamarayathu Malayalam Mammootty, Rahman, Shobhana, Lalu Alex, Sukumari Padmarajan
70. 1985 Rangam Malayalam Mohanlal, Ravindran, Shobhana
71. 1985 Anubandham Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Shobhana, Seema, Thilakan, Sukumari M. T. Vasudevan Nair
72. 1985 Angadikkappurathu Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Rahman, Mahalakshmi, Swapna, T. G. Ravi, Lizy, Balan K. Nair, Kuthiravattom Pappu T.Damodaran
73. 1985 Idanilangal Malayalam Mammootty, Seema, Mohanlal, Sukumari M. T. Vasudevan Nair
74. 1985 Karimbinpoovinakkare Malayalam Mammootty, Seema, Mohanlal, Bharath Gopi Urvashi, Vincent, Sukumari Padmarajan
75. 1986 Abhayam Thedi Malayalam Mohanlal, Shobhana, Rohini, Thilakan, Sukumari M. T. Vasudevan Nair
76. 1986 Ankhon Ki Rishta Hindi Sukumari
77. 1986 Koodanayum Kattu Malayalam Rahman, Mukesh, Seema, Rohini, Seetha, Sukumari
78. 1986 Vartha Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, T. G. Ravi, Seema, Rahman, Nalini T.Damodaran
79. 1986 Aavanazhi Malayalam Mammootty, Captain Raju, Seema, Geetha, Sukumaran T.Damodaran
80. 1987 Ithrayum Kalam Malayalam Mammootty, Rahman, Seema, Shobhana, Ratheesh, Sukumari T.Damodaran
81. 1987 Adimakal Udamakal Malayalam Mammootty, Mohanlal, Seema, Lizy, Nalini, Ratheesh, Urvasi, Sukumari T.Damodaran
82. 1987 Vrutham Malayalam Kamal Hassan, Suresh Gopi, Shobhana, Shobhana, Geetha, Sukumari T.Damodaran, John Paul
83. 1987 Nalkavala Malayalam Mammootty, Seema, Shobhana, Sreenivasan, Lizy, Urvasi T.Damodaran
84. 1987 Illam Tamil Sivakumar, Amala Sreenivasan
85. 1988 Abkari Malayalam Mammootty, Ratheesh, Parvathy, T. G. Ravi, Urvasi, M. G. Soman, Janardhanan T.Damodaran
86. 1988 Anuragi Malayalam Mohanlal, Ramyakrishnan, Suresh Gopi, Urvasi, Saritha Sheriff
87. 1988 1921 Malayalam Mammootty, Madhu, Suresh Gopi, M. G. Soman, Ratheesh, T. G. Ravi, Mukesh, Vincent, Parvathi, Urvasi, Seema, Jose, Raghavan T.Damodaran
88. 1988 Mukthi Malayalam Mammootty, Rahman, Shobhana, Seema, Urvasi, Sithara Janardhanan A. K. Lohithadas
89. 1989 Aksharathettu Malayalam Suresh Gopi, Mukesh, Lizy, Urvasi, Sudha Sreekumaran Thampi
90. 1989 Mrigaya Malayalam Mammootty, Sunitha, Urvasi, Thilakan, Lalu Alex, Sankaradi A. K. Lohithadas
91. 1990 Varthamanakaalam Malayalam Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Balachandra Menon, Lalu Alex, Urvasi, Sukumari Prashanth
92. 1990 Arhatha Malayalam Mohanlal, M. G. Soman, Suresh Gopi, Rekha, Urvasi, Janardhanan, Sukumari T. Damodaran
93. 1990 Midhya Malayalam Mammootty, M. G. Soman, Suresh Gopi, Rupini, Balan K. Nair, Sukumari M. T. Vasudevan Nair
94. 1991 Bhoomika Malayalam Jayaram, M. G. Soman, Suresh Gopi, Mukesh, Saikumar, Urvasi, Nedumudi Venu John Paul
95. 1991 Inspector Balram Malayalam Mammootty, M. G. Soman, Geetha, Urvasi, Kiran Kumar, Murali, Manjula T. Damodaran
96. 1991 Neelagiri Malayalam Mammootty, M. G. Soman, Madhoo, Sunitha, Jagannatha Varma, Srividya, Anju Ranjith
97. 1992 Kallanum Polisum Malayalam Mukesh, Roopasri, Sindhuja, Manoj K Jayan, Innocent Sreekumaran Thampi
98. 1992 Apaaratha Malayalam Rahman, Sukanya, Rajan P. Dev, M. G. Soman, Srinath, Santhi Krishna, Siddique J. Pallassery
99. 1993 Devasuram Malayalam Mohanlal, Innocent, Revathi, Napoleon, Manian Pillai Raju, Nedumudi Venu Ranjith
100. 1993 Padhavi Malayalam Vikram, Rahman, Shobana
101. 1993 Arthana Malayalam Murali, Priya Raman, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Vineeth, Sukumari Dennis Joseph, Raghunath Paleri
102. 1994 The City Malayalam Suresh Gopi, Urvasi, Lalu Alex, Ahana, Ratheesh T. Damodaran, Priyadarshan
103. 1995 Kolangal Tamil Jayaram, Khushboo, Kasthuri Henry
104. 1997 Varnapakittu Malayalam Mohanlal, Meena, Divya Unni, Dileep, Madhu Babu Janardan
105. 1997 Anubhoothi Malayalam Suresh Gopi, Khushboo, Vani Viswanath, Kaveri, Jagadheesh, Sukumari Babu Janardan
106. 1999 Aayiram Meni Malayalam Manoj K Jayan, Divya Unni, Urvasi, Murali, Jagadheesh
107. 2000 Sradha Malayalam Mohanlal, Indraja, Sobhana, Abhirami, Seema T. Damodaran, Dr. Rajendra Babu
108. 2002 Ee Naadu Innale Vare Malayalam Kalabhavan Mani, Lal, Vani Viswanath, Narendra Prasad,
109. 2003 Symphony Malayalam Siva, Swathi Varma,Anu, Riyaz Khan, Jagadeesh, Sukumari
110. 2006 Balram vs Tharadas Malayalam Mammootty, Katrina Kaif, Vani Viswanath, Riyaz Khan, Jagadeesh, Sukumari T. Damodaran, S. N. Swamy
111. 2009 Vellathooval Malayalam Rejith Menon, Nithya Menon, Lalu Alex,


  1. ^ "Cinema is Sasi's wife: Seema". The New Indian Express. 
  2. ^ http://www.mathrubhumi.com/movies/interview/43461/
  3. ^ "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. June 27, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2015.

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