Strong leads and stronger emotional turmoil, packaged with a certain larger-than-lifeness, marked IV Sasi's films.
In 2006, after overcoming a lot of obstacles, Sasi made an ambitious comeback with the Mammootty-Katrina Kaif-starrer Balram vs Taradas, where the mega star played both the title characters he played in earlier blockbusters made by Sasi.
In many ways, Mammotty's roles in IV Sasi's films came to herald the new age Malayali man - he was grim, educated, hardly smiled or romanced but was pined after by the woman for his good looks and high character, nearly flawless, almost heroic demeanor.
It is IV Sasi who introduced Rajinikanth to the Malayalam film industry in the film "Allaudinum Albudha villakum". My support & love to my sister Seema Sasi & family."Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly said that he was an icon that created movies which stood the test of time".
Filmmaker Siddique remembered IV Sasi as great filmmaker who made mega hit films with great technical perfection.
"I was always in love with cinema", Sasi wrote on his Facebook wall when he announced the project. The MD of Aries Group said he discussed about the film with Sasi even two days before the latter's death.
Multi-starrers were an IV Sasi trademark.
35 years, IV Sasi won numerous awards including the Nargis Dutt Award for Aaroodam. His most notable film, which fetched Kamal Haasan a Filmfare award for best actor in Malayalam, was Eeta. The couple has worked together in several movies.
He was also a pioneer of sorts, helming films which were in the populist genre. He is known for films like Devasuram, Mrigaya, Adiyozhukkukal among others. Sasi was a person, who brought in crowds.