I joined I V Sasi’s crew as an assistant director in 1978 through the movie Njan Njan Matram. The only asset I had was my passion for cinema. I joined as last assistant with little knowledge on the technical aspects of film making. But the director was cool. He gave proper instructions to crew members and soon I had a clear understating on his method of film making and knew exactly what he expects from an assistant director.
Still, he is the only person whom I revere as my guru - a complete teacher and guide. One of his greatest strengths which I always admire is the ability to handle numerous characters in a single scene and planning the shots accordingly. None of the characters will lose importance because the shots were divided in such a manner. He always enjoyed doing movies on a bigger canvas.
He was one of the busiest directors Malayalam has ever seen. Assistant directors like us were working with three separate teams. Even during the busy schedules, he found time to interact with the team. I still remember our creative discussions. He always told us about the latest Hollywood movies he watched and briefed us about the necessity to bring in perfection to film making with the limited/available resources.
That updates definitely helped me while making my first movie as an independent director. In other words, the base that strengthened my filmmaking career was gained from his school.(The writer assisted I V Sasi in 25 movies and is the director of movies like ‘Dowthyam’, ‘Adiverukal’ and ‘Suryagayathri’.
As told to Shibu B S)