KV Anand, a Tamil director-cinematographer, passed away early today, April 30 in Chennai, India. He suffered a heart attack around 3 am in a hospital due to Covid-19.
He was only 54 years old.
His last rites took place at Besant Nagar crematorium in Chennai without any guest as it was a Covid-19 related death.
Celebrities took to social media to grief for his death.
Actor Mohanlal wrote, “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. K.V. Anand sir you will be missed forever. Prayers for the departed soul. Pranams.”
Prithviraj Sukumaran paid a tribute to Anand, ” 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! ”
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 pic.twitter.com/BqF6a1TEIn— Kalyani Priyadarshan (@kalyanipriyan) April 30, 2021
#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 pic.twitter.com/SDmBZItGKw— Kaushik LM (???? #StaySafe) (@LMKMovieManiac) April 30, 2021
KV Anand was an award-winning director-cinematographer. He started his career as a photojournalist in leading newspapers and magazine, such as India Today, Illustrated Weekly and many others.
KV Anand then joined P.C. Sreeram as an apprentice for movies like Gopura Vasalile, Amaran, Meera, etc. Sreeram recommended him for the Malayalam movie, Thenmavin Kombath in 1994, for which Anand won a National Film Award.
After a decade of a successful career as a cinematographer, Anand made his directorial debut in 2005, a family drama Kana Kandaen.
His last directorial outing was Kaappaan, which was his third collaboration with Suriya. The film had a huge supporting cast, including Mohanlal and Arya.