Sasi Shanker, the National award-winning film-maker passed away. The director, who was found unconscious at his residence, breathed his last at a private hospital in Kochi, where he was admitted.
Reportedly, the cremation will only take place after his son
arrives from Chennai. Sasi Shanker is survived by his wife Beena
Shanker, son Vishnu Sasi Shanker and daughter Meenakshi
The director made his debut in 1993 with the acclaimed
movieNarayam, which had Urvashi and Murali in the
lead roles. Narayamhadwon the National Film
Award for the Best Movie On Social Issues.
He made his first commercial attempt in 1995, with the Jagathy
Sreekumar-Kalpana starrer Punnaram. Later, he directed
several successful films, including Manthramothiram, Guru
Sishyan,and Mr. Butler.
Sasi Shanker tasted the biggest success of his career in 2002,
with the Dileep starrerKunjikoonan. He made his
Tamil debut in 2004, with Surya-Jyothika starrer
Perazhagan, the remake of Kunjikoonan.
His last Malayalam outing was Sarkar Dada, the 2005-released movie which had Jayaram and Navya Nair in the lead roles. Sasi's last directorial venture was the 2014-released Tamil flick,Pagadai Pagadai.