Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand died on Friday in Chennai due to Covid-19 related complications. He was 54. His last rites took place at Besant Nagar crematorium in Chennai.
Anand started his career as a freelance photojournalist before he started assisting award-winning cinematographer PC Sreeram. He worked with Sreeram on Tamil films such as Kamal Haasan’s Devar Magan and Mani Ratnam’s Thiruda Thiruda in the early 90s. It is said Sreeram was too busy when director Priyadarshan approached him for his new project at the time. So Sreeram recommended Anand’s name to Priyadarshan for the 1996 film Thenmavin Kombath. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Anand won the National Film Award for Best cinematography for that film, which had Mohanlal and Shobana in the lead roles. He went on to shoot some remarkable films across many Indian languages including Minnaram, Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam and Kadhal Desam. He was director Shankar’s go-to cameraman after they collaborated for the first time for the blockbuster political drama Mudhalvan (1999). Later, Anand also shot Shankar’s Boys (2003) and Sivaji (2007). He also cranked the camera for Bollywood films Josh (2000), Nayak: The Real Hero (Hindi remake of Mudhalvan), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Khakee (2004).
“Absolutely shocked.. #RIPKVAnand sir.. Gone too soon! Heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones,” shared Anirudh Ravichander on twitter.
“Shell Shocked to hear that noted cinematographer turned top director #KVAnand (54) passed away early today morning due to a massive heart attack! So young and highly talented,what a loss! #RIPKVAnand,” tweeted Sreedhar Pillai.
“I was lucky enough to work with the legendary K.V. Anand sir & got a chance to see what a gem of a person he was. He gave me my most memorable movie in the Tamil film Industry. Sir, you are irreplaceable. My deepest condolences to the family. Om Shanti #GoneTooSoon,” shared Tamannaah Bhatia.
“The visual magician whose frames fascinate us forever! #RIPKVAnand,” tweeted Sun Pictures.
“Shocked and deeply saddened to wake to this horrible news! #RIPKVAnand,” shared actor Prasanna.
“No farewell words were spoken, there was no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why, It’s sad when the person who gave you memories becomes one. Gone too soon sir but we loved you enough for a lifetime. #KvAnand #Ripkvanand,” shared Chirag Jani on Twitter.
“#Maattrraan’s conjoined twins Akilan-Vimalan, Rettai Kadhire song, the emotional interval block theme park fight, Yaaro Yaaro song – many memorable sequences from #KVAnand, an ambitious filmmaker who strived to present something new to us time & again! #RIPKVAnand,” shared Kaushik LM on Twitter.
“Such a well mannered, soft spoken gentleman and a proven bundle of talent! Shocked to hear the news, strength to the family. #Ayan will forever be my favourite work of yours! #RIPKVAnand sir,” shared Vikram Prabhu on Twitter.
“Shocked and completely heartbroken. One of the sweetest film makers in our industry and a lovely human being. You will be missed by all of us sir. Thank you for all the films and all the memories. It was a privilege to work with you #RIPKVAnand Sir,” shared Archana Kalpathi on Twitter.
“Incredibly shocked and saddened… his work from the very beginning in thenmavin kombatthu directly influenced my love for cinema as a child, and shaped who I became today… My heart is heavy as I pray his soul rests in peace. #RIPKVAnand sir,” wrote Kalyani Priyadarshan on Twitter.
‘Shocking….. #RIPKVAnand sir!!,’ wrote Arun Vijay on Twitter.
“RIP KV Anand sir!,” shared Dulquer Salmaan.
“Unbelievable and shocking news. Heartbroken. I wish this is not true. Will miss you sir. Gone too soon,” shared Arya on Twitter.
“This is heartbreaking! Rest in peace sir. You will be truly missed. Condolences to the family. May God give them strength #RIPKVAnand,” shared Vedhika.
“#RIPKVAnand Left us too soon. You will be always part of me my friend. Farewell,” tweeted PC Sreeram.
“The soft spoken and kind legend thiru KV Anand’s demise has left a huge void in us. Our sincere condolences,” shared Santhosh Narayanan.
“Very disheartening news to wake up to K.V. Anand sir’s demise. A distinguished cinematographer and director who excelled in his craft, we have immense respect for every contribution you have made for Indian Cinema. #RIPKVAnand sir, my prayers are with you and your family,” tweeted Keerthy Suresh.
“Saddened by #KVAnand sir’s untimely demise.. a brilliant DOP and filmmaker! Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones,” shared Aadhi.
“No words to say. Deeply shocked. #RIPKVAnandSir,” tweeted Karthi.
Anand made his directorial debut with the 2005 movie Kana Kandaen. He went on to helm films like Ayan, Ko, Maattrraan, Anegan, Kavan and Kaappaan.
Anand’s untimely passing has passed a shock wave across the industry, which is still mourning the death of comedy icon Vivek.