Well known director and National Award winning cinematographer K V Anand passed away at 3 am today in Chennai after suffering a cardiac arrest.
He was 54.
Sources close to the director, who is known for directing superhits like Suriya’s Ayan, Vijay Sethupathi’s Kavan, Jeeva’s Ko and Dhanush’s Anegan, felt discomfort late last night and so chose to drive down to the hospital himself.
He got admitted to a private hospital, where treatment was to no avail and he passed away early this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest.
K V Anand, who has worked in several Hindi films as well, is believed to have been undergoing treatment for Covid.
Unconfirmed reports say that the director’s body will be directly sent to the crematorium following Covid protocols and not be sent to his residence for the public to pay homage.
K V Anand, sources say, was only last week planning to start a new film featuring either Dulquer Salmaan or Simbu in it.
The soft-spoken director, who began his career as a photojournalist for a Tamil Vernacular, went on to enter the film industry as a cinematographer.
His first film as cinematographer was in Malayalam. Titled Thenmaavin Kombathu, the film fetched K V Anand a National Award for his brilliant work.
He then went on to work in Tamil films as a cinematographer. He shot several superhits including Kadhal Desam, the Rajinikanth-starrer Sivaji and the Shankar blockbuster Gentleman.
From being a cinematographer, K V Anand turned into a director with the Tamil film Kanaa Kanden featuring Srikanth, Gopika and Prithviraj.
Malayalam actor Prithviraj, who was shocked to learn of Anand’s demise, tweeted, “Rest in peace K. V. Anand sir! You played a way more important role in my career than you will ever realise. Indian cinema will miss you forever! Folded hands Heartbroken! Broken heart”
Rajinikanth, who posted his condolences on Twitter, said, “I am both shocked and pained to learn of the demise of respected Shri K V Anand. My deepest condolences to his family members and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace.”