Legendary filmmaker K S Sethumadhavan passes away – Times of India

National award-winning filmmaker KS Sethumadhavan passed away. He was 90. He breathed his last on Friday (Dec 24) morning at his residence in Chennai. The filmmaker was reportedly not keeping well for some time due to age-related ailments.

Born in 1931 in the northern Palakkad district of Kerala, he entered into tinsel town as an assistant director to K Ramnath. After launching himself as an independent filmmaker through the Sinhalese movie ‘Veeravijaya’ in (1960), he directed his first Malayalam film ‘Jnana Sundari’.

KS Sethumadhavan was the one who introduced the Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan as a child actor in Malayalam through the movie ‘Kannum Karalum’ and also in the lead role through his film ‘Kanyakumari’.

KS Sethumadhvaan who began his career in the 1960s has helmed a handful of iconic and path-breaking movies in Malayalam. He was also known for shaping strong female characters through his films. In a career spanning over three decades, he has delivered some iconic films like ‘Odayil Ninnu’, ‘Anubhavangal Palichakal’, ‘Oppol’, ‘Aranazhikaneeram’, ‘Achanum Bappayum’, and ‘Panitheeratha Veedu’ among others. He has delivered over 60 films in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam. A recipient of 10 national awards and several Kerala state film awards, KS Sethumadhavan has also won the prestigious J C Daniel Award, the highest honour in the film sector instituted by the Kerala government, in the year 2009. His last outing was the 1991 movie ‘Venalkinavukal’, which was based on the script of Jnanpith laureate M T Vasudevan Nair.

Meanwhile, KS Sethumadhavan is survived by wife Valsala and three children – Santosh, Uma and Sonukumar.

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