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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 for Malayalam films, although he has directed Hindi films during the 1980s as well. He kicked off 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. It was the film ‘Avalude Ravukal’ which permanently established his name in the industry. This film, directed by Sasi was later dubbed into many other Indian languages including Hindi. He has directed films in several other languages such as Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. It is I.V Sasi who introduced Rajanikant to Malayalam film industry through ‘Alauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum’ in 1979. He has also directed Hindi movies like Patita (Mithun Chakraborty), Anokha Rishta (Rajesh Khanna and Smita Patil), Pratishodh (1980), Karishma etc. His war-themed film 1921, penned by screenwriter T. Damodaran, was the first Malayalam movie to be nominated in the Italian Film Festival. In 1983, he received the ‘Nargis Dutt award" for the best feature film on national integration for his film Aaroodam.