Tamil language director and cinematographer KV Anand passed away at the age of 54 on Friday, April 30 in Chennai due to a heart attack. Anand suffered from a heart attack at his residence in Chennai according to the reports.
He drove himself to a nearby hospital, where he took his last breath around 3 am on Friday. Anand’s body will be moved in Adyar to his home where people will be able to pay their last respects.
KV Anand started his career working as a freelance photojournalist and later started to assist PC Sreeram, an award-winning cinematographer. He worked on many Tamil films with Sreeram in the early 90s like Mani Ratnam’s Thiruda Thiruda and Kamal Haasan’s Devar Magan.
Director Priyadarshan approached Sreeram for his newest project when Sreeram recommended Anand’s name for the 1996 film called Thenmavin Kombath.
Anand won many awards which also included the National Film Award for Best cinematography for Thenmavin Kombath staring Shobana and Mohanlal in main roles. The director also made many remarkable films in many Indian languages including Kadhal Desam, Minnaram, and Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam.
He also collaborated with director S Shankar for the first time for the political drama film Mudhalvan in 1999, after which he became his go-to cameraman. Anand shot Shankar’s films like Sivaji and Boys. He also worked on the camera work for several Hindi films like Nayak: The Real Hero, which was the Hindi remake of Mudhalvan, Josh, Khakee, and The Legend Of Bhagat Singh.
Many members of the film industry paid their tribute to the filmmaker on social media. Allu Arjun, a popular actor of the South Indian film industry wrote in his tweet this morning that Anand was an amazing director and a gentleman who will always be remembered and missed.
Just woke up to this sad news that Dir KV Anand garu is no more. Wonderful cameraman , brilliant director and very nice gentleman . Sir you will always be remember & missed . Condolences to the near , dear & family .
Rest in Peace Sir . #KVAnand pic.twitter.com/V6ombIxZcy
— Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 30, 2021
Prithviraj Sukumaran, actor and singer of the Malayalam cinema, also remembered the cinematographer saying that Anand played a very important role in his career and Indian cinema will always miss him.
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! 🙏 Heartbroken! 💔 pic.twitter.com/IbAOvflFfm
— Prithviraj Sukumaran (@PrithviOfficial) April 30, 2021