In a big shock to the Kollywood industry and the Indian cinema, reputed director and cinematographer KV Anand has passed away in the wee hours of Friday in Chennai at the age of 54 due to cardiac arrest. His demise is a bolt from the blue for the Tamil Cinema industry, which is already mourning the loss of Padma Shri Vivekh and director Thamira.
KV Anand was one of the creators to count on in Tamil cinema and he is popularly known for his presenting the gem of movies by touching upon riskier subjects. He rose to fame as a director through his blockbuster hit 'Ayan' which was starred by Suriya and Tamannah. He then earned a reputation through directing 'Ko' in which Jiiva and Karthika Nair played the lead roles. In 2012, his 'Maattrraan' movie has received immense acclamation and his next 'Anegan' starred by Dhanush had also earned positive critic.
In 2017, he had directed yet another blockbuster movie of 'Kavan' in which he captured the behind-the-screen drama of the news agencies. Kavan was starred by Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian in the lead role while T Rajendar had also played in the important role. KV Anand had lastly directed 'Kaappaan' in 2019 which was starred by Suriya, Mohanlal, Arya, and Sayyeshaa. Through Kaappaan, KV Anand spoke about the farmers' issue and locus swarm attack. In this movie, Suriya will play the Special Protection Group (SPG) officer while Mohanlal played the Prime Minister of India.
Being known for his creation and out-of-box vision, KV Anand has garnered an everlasting reputation and though he directed only countable movies, he had carved each of his stories with different adversaries. Born in 1966, Kumar Venkatesan Anand began his career as a photojournalist for several newspapers and magazines and he then took cinematography as his profession when he had the opportunity to work under reputed cinematographer PC Sreeram for a few films.
He also worked on a number of TV serials and advertisement films and a few feature films. Anand had begun his career in the film industry as a cinematographer in 1994 with the Malayalam movie 'Thenmavin Kombath'. He had won the National Award for the Best Cinematography for his very first movie in recognition of the outstanding cinematography executed with sincerity, imagination, and flexibility.
Anand had also worked as a cinematographer with director Shankar in the movies like 'Mudhalvan' which was released in 2000 and Rajinikanth-starred 'Sivaji' in 2007. Amid doing cinematography, he began the directorial stunt and made his debut as the director in 'Kana Kandean' starred by Srikanth, Prithviraj, and Gopika. From then on, he transformed himself to be a notable director by presenting the movies like Ayan, Ko, Maattraan, Anegan, Kavan, and Kaappaan.
Anand had won five awards for cinematography - National Film Award (1995), Screen Award for Best Cinematography for Kadhal Desam in 1997, Screen Award for Best Cinematography for Josh in 2001, SICA Award for Best Cinematography for 'The Legend of Bhagat Singh' in 2002, and Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer South for 'Sivaji' in 2007. Though he was nominated for the Best Director Awards, he hadn't won an award as the director.
He is the founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC). He had passed away on April 30 at 3.30 am due to a massive stroke at the age of 54. According to reports, he had suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence in the wee hours of Friday and managed to drive himself to a nearby hospital but he passed away at the hospital.
His untimely demise had shocked the fans and fraternities and ever since the news of his demise broke out, thousands of people and actors from across and beyond the borders have been paying tribute to the deceased soul and expressing condolences to the family members. His demise has come a fortnight after the death of actor Vivekh and days after the death of director Thamira. The back of back demises of the icons had immensely saddened the industry and the fans.