KV Anand dies, celebrities pay condolences

kv anandCinematographer KV Anand died on Friday. (Photo: Gautam Karthik / Twitter)

Tamil director-cinematographer KV Anand died of a heart attack at the age of 54 in Chennai on Friday. Anand had a heart attack at his residence in Chennai as of early Friday. He was successful in transporting himself to a nearby hospital, where he breathed his last at around 3 am. His body will be taken to his house in Adyar where people can pay his last respects.

Anand began his career as a freelance photo journalist before he started assisting award-winning cinematographer PC Sriram. He worked with Sriram in Tamil films like Kamal Haasan’s Dewar Magan and Mani Ratnam’s Thiruda Thiruda in the early 90s. It is said that Shriram was very busy when director Priyadarshan approached him for his new project at that time. So Sriram recommended Anand’s name to Priyadarshan for the 1996 film Thomwin Kombath. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Anand won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography for that film, with Mohanlal and Shobhana in the lead roles. He shot some notable films in several Indian languages, including Mannamaram, Punyabhoomi na Desam and Kadhal Desam. He was the cameraman of director Shankar after collaborating for the first time for the blockbuster political drama Mudhalvan (1999). Later, Anand also shot Shankar’s Boys (2003) and Shivaji (2007). He cranked the camera for Bollywood films Josh (2000), Nayak: The Real Hero (Hindi remake of Mudhalvan), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Khaki (2004).

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Anand made his directorial debut in the 2005 film Kana Kanden. He acted in films like Ayan, Ko, Matraran, Anegan, Kavan and Kappan.

Anand’s untimely demise triggered a shock wave across the industry, which is still mourning the death of comedy icon Vivek.

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