South Indian director and cinematographer KV Anand, whose filmography includes Ayan, Ko and Kaappaan, died on April 30 after a heart attack. He was 54 years old.
According to reports, he developed chest pain and went to the hospital himself at 3 am, but died of a heart attack.
KV Anand was one of the few directors to have a pulse in what commercial artists are all about. His films were an attractive mix of action, drama, and cause for concern. He has worked with all the major actors in South India including Suriya, Prithviraj, Mohanlal and Ranjinikath.
Actors including Allu Arjun, Mohanlal and Prithviraj have taken to their social media accounts to express their grief.
“I just woke up to this sad news that Dir KV Anand’s mentor is no longer there. Great photographer, brilliant director, and a very nice guy. Sir, he always remembers you and misses you. My condolences to near and dear ones,” Allu Arjun tweeted.
South Indian actor Prithviraj also tweeted that he owes his career to director KV Anand.
Director KV Anand started his career as a photojournalist and then branched out into the successful South Indian film industry, especially Tamil cinema. He has won numerous awards including the National Award for Best Cinematography. He has worked in Malayalam films like Mohanlal and Shobhana romance “Thenamavin Kombath” with director Priyadarshan and “Kadhal Desam” starring Abbas. Although he started his film career, his first film as a director was “Kana Kandin”. But his first career success as a director arrived after the release of his second film “Ayan” in 2009. It was one of the highest grossing films of that year. He has also worked with Actor Vijay Sethupathi in Kavan as its director.
He has also worked as a cinematographer in Bollywood films including The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and Khakee.