Thiruvananthapuram: According to family sources, the early mentor of acclaimed film cinematographer Santosh Sivan – his father, popularly known as Sivan – died here on Thursday. He had collapsed in his home and was taken to the hospital, where he died of a cardiac arrest. The 89-year-old began his career as a still photographer more than six decades ago, and his studio has been the hub of all cultural activities over the years.
He began as a still photographer and progressed to filmmaking, producing and directing films, and directing the film in 1991. He directed ‘Abhayam,’ which was nominated for a national film award for best children’s film.
Sivan’s photographs have appeared in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic, Span, and Newsweek, to name a few.
Santosh began his glittering film career as a photographer under his tutelage and hasn’t looked back since.
Santosh has an elder brother, Sangeeth, who is also a well-known film personality, as well as a younger brother, Sanjeev, who is also a well-known film personality. Sivan’s wife had died a few months before. Saritha, their daughter, is also present.
On Friday, the last rites would be performed here.
Sivan’s death was mourned by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.