2020 remains to be the cursed year for the Indian Film Industry.
Malayalam screenwriter and director K R Sachidanandan passed away on Thursday at Jubilee Mission Hospital in Thrissur, Kerala.
Earlier this week, Sachy aka Sachidanandan underwent a total hip replacement surgery at Wadakkanchery post during which he suffered a cardiac attack. Soon he was shifted to Jubilee Mission hospital on Tuesday and was on ventilator support till he breathed his last on Thursday night due to brain hypoxia.
Sachidanandan was born at Kodungalloor in Thrissur district of Kerala. He was a practicing lawyer in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law in the High Court of Kerala before stepping into the film industry.
He began his film career in 2007, by jointly writing scripts with writer Sethunath. Their debut movie was ‘Chocolate‘ which was a big hit and that led them to pair up for several movies like ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Makeup Man‘, ‘Seniors’, and ‘Doubles’.
In 2011 when ‘Doubles’ failed to hit the box office, the duo split and continued with their independent work. Sachy made his solo debut with the thriller ‘Run Baby Run’. In the same year, the writer produced a comedy film, ‘Chettayees’ directed by Shajoon Kariya. His other films are ‘Driving License’, ’Sherlock Toms’, and Arun Gopy’s ‘Ramaleela’ starred by Dileep and Raadhika Sarathkumar.
Sachidanandan made his directorial debut in the romantic drama “Anarkali” in 2015 starred by Prithviraj, Biju Menon, and Mia George. Anarkali was a critically acclaimed and commercial success at the box office.
His final directional venture was Ayyappanum Koshiyum (2020), which received positive reviews and is a big success of the year.
Sachy’s eyes were donated to the hospital and his last rites were performed on Friday at Kochi’s Ravipuram crematorium.
Celebrities took on social media to express grief.
John Abraham shared a picture of Sachy and wrote, “Shattered to lose such a talent. Rest in Peace, my friend. #RIP #Sachy (sic).”
Actor & Producer Nivin Pauly wrote, “Shocked to hear the sudden demise of Sachy ettan. Indeed a big loss to the Malayalam cinema. May his soul rest in peace!”